The Executive Secretary of the Nigeria Christian Pilgrim Commission (NCPC) Rev. Tor Uja has said that the Commission would commence a special pilgrimage to Israel for Judges and Magistrates next year. He made this known in Abuja during a courtesy visit to the Chief Justice of the Federation, Justice, Walter Onnoghen at the Supreme Court, Abuja. He explained that such a specialize pilgrimage would help to bring the members of the bench together as the platform would enable them to pray corporately in the Holy Land.
He stated that the Commission is redefining the whole concept of pilgrimage so that it is not just centred on activities but spiritually impacting.
Rev. Uja informed His Lordship that time has come for the church to take developmental role and play active support in the advancement of Christian pilgrimage in Nigeria.
The NCPC boss described the Judiciary as the most stable arm of the Nigeria democratic process. According to him; “the Nigerian society owes the Judiciary a vote of confidence and a reward of its labour over the years”. He stated further that Nigeria owes the Judiciary a depth of added service.He affirmed; “if the Judiciary is strengthened, this nation will be better for it”.
Rev. Uja told his Lordship that he would like the church to intensify prayer for the Judiciary. His words; “it is important for the church to set up a prayer trust to strengthen the Judiciary”. He added; “we believe that under you, the Judiciary will grow from strength to strength”.
Responding, the Chief Justice of the Federation, Justice, Walter Onnoghen thanked the Executive Secretary and his management team for their visit.
His Lordship stated that the court is the temple of Justice and that the legal profession came out from the church. He admonished Christians to live a life that is reflective of true followers of Christ.
His Lordship further affirmed that Christian pilgrimage to the Holy Land is a worthwhile experience that every Christian who is spiritually alert should be encouraged to do so.