THE Kingdom of Jordan has been adopted by the Federal Government as a new permanent Christian pilgrimage destination.
The Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Christian Pilgrims Commission, Reverend Yakubu Pam, stated that the decision will boost relationship with the Arab nation.
Pam spoke during a meeting with the Jordanian Minister of Tourism and Antiques, Mr Nayef Alfayez.
A statement by the NCPC media office on Monday, quoted Pam as saying the new pilgrimage policy would also focus on improving diplomatic relations with the Middle-East country in the areas of peace, tourism, agriculture and technology.
He said, “The commission in the past had three pilgrimage destinations which are: Israel, Rome and Greece. But now Jordan has been officially added to our pilgrimage destinations.”
Also, the Jordanian Minister, Alfayez, commended the federal government for considering and adding the holy sites in Jordan as viable pilgrimage destinations.
Alfayez explained that the peaceful co-existence between the Christians and the Muslims was the greatest value Jordan cherished as an Islamic nation.
The Nigerian Ambassador to Jordan, Mr Faruk Yabo, solicited for more cooperation in the area of visa procurement to enable more Nigerians have the opportunity to visit Jordan so as to strengthen the bilateral relationship between the two countries.