Boss Mustapha, secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), has led a delegation of 121 selected governors, deputy governors, clergymen and traditional rulers to Rome to conduct special prayers for Nigeria over the rising case of insecurity among others. This was confirmed in a statement by the Executive Secretary, Nigeria Christian Pilgrims Commission (NCPC) Rev. Yakubu Pam, where the departure of the delegation was announced. Pam said members of the “delegation on the trip to the Italian capital were carefully selected from different sections of the society.”
He said the pilgrimage to Rome, which is the first to be organised by the NCPC, was a special one; bilateral and not the regular pilgrimage to holy cities in the past. Topping the list are the SGF, Boss Mustapha, some governors and deputies, traditional rulers and clerics. The spiritual leader of the pilgrimage is the Catholic Archbishop of Abuja, His Lordship Ignatius Kaigama.
Comments gotten from Nigerians show that the trip is either a cover up for something terribly wrong which the Government is not proud about, or it is a total waste of taxpayers’ money. The explanation given for this is that God is everywhere; He is omnipresent and His ears are ever open to hear the prayers of the people, anywhere they are. There is no need to go to a special place and offer a special prayer for you to effect a change. Ore-Ofe, a Lagos entrepreneur said: “last time I checked, God is not localised in a particular position. Why spend so much money and so many people when the whole nation can come together in their own country and Pray? God Himself said all that is required is humility and a purposeful heart to receive His guidance. Not about going to several kilometres away.”