Rev. Tor Uja, the Executive Secretary, Nigerian Christian Pilgrim Commission, NCPC, said on Friday that the nation needs a spiritual rebirth.
Rev. Uja made this remark at a meeting with states chairmen and secretaries of the Christian Pilgrim Welfare Board ahead of the launch of the 2017 Christian Pilgrimage, in Abuja.
According to him, the major problem confronting Nigerians remain spiritual and lack of truth in the society.
While announcing that the 2017 pilgrimage for October/December would be launched on November 19, Rev Tor Uja maintained that Nigeria was a blessed country among nations, which has made it an envy of other leaders of the world.
According to him, Nigeria had contributed to the development of other countries, especially in peace keeping in Africa and other countries around the globe.
The NCPC boss maintained that with all the resources that God had blessed the country with, it was time to stop depending on the government.
He said it was possible for pilgrims to do mighty things for the country through pilgrimage, adding that the Church has a voice and role to play in this nation.
“We need to invest in our people in all ramification to be able to develop our country and this can only be achieved through pilgrimage.
“Our leaders in Churches and politicians should also see it as a priority to sponsor Nigerians to go on pilgrimage to pray for our dear nation. A country like Nigeria needs a spiritual rebirth. I do not believe Nigeria does have the kind of problem people are clamoring we have.
“It is time for church leaders to arise and pray for the healing of this nation; the greatness of Nigeria is in its people. The church needs to think of how to invest its strength in bringing back the glory of the country,” he said.
Uja urged the leaders to sensitise and encourage people on the essence of Christian pilgrimage, adding that it transcends beyond the spiritual and helps in building nationalistic spirit.