by Christiana Gokyo, Jos
The Executive Secretary of Nigeria Christian Pilgrims Commission (NCPC), Rev. Dr. Yakubu Pam, has called on the masses to adopt the role of police for themselves by giving (useful) information to the police and other security authorities, and for them to be also vigilant.
He charged them to be vigilant in such a way that community can be effective, because they can do it very well, because “living without community police is unhealthy.”
Rev. Pam disclosed this recently at an Inaugural Ministers’ Conference of Network of Gospel Ministers In Northern Nigeria (NOGMINN), in Jos. According to him, “What we require is prayers, and we should be alert in security business; we shouldn’t live it to only the authorities.”
He also urged Nigerians be patient because this time it looks like everybody is doing his own business, and called on government to rise up to the occasion, too.
In a bid to curtail the menace of criminality and
strengthen Nigeria’s security architecture, the NCPC’s Executive Secretary assured
of his support for community policing, saying, “It is what we are looking for
to make sure that the Community Police is being promoted in our communities, to
curtail the menace of criminals in the country.”
The theme of the conference was, ‘Building a Structured and Dynamic Identity and an Empowered Church in Northern Nigeria.’
Rev. Yakubu Pam, who is President of NOGMINN, urged the Federal Government, in respect to farmers/herders clashes nationally, to make quick intervention by visiting those who are immediately affected negatively, especially in those communities that people were killed.
He commended the plateau state Commissioner of Police for his efforts in security and assured him of his support through holding dialogue with all of them, adding that, “You cannot use guns and other things in solving some of this issue, but dialogue can go a long way.”
He further observed that, “If not for the prayers of the Saints, there would be no Nigeria. Our environment is getting divided wider and wider; we need reconciliation as a Church,” he said, and urged the leaders to speak for justice and be so objective in their dealings, saying, “Go out and represent the church very well.”
In another development, the Executive Secretary of the Nigeria Christian Pilgrim Commission has urged Church leaders and Christians in Nigeria to take ownership of Christian Pilgrimage.
Rev Pam made this known during the closing ceremony of the Ministers’ Conference of Network of Gospel Ministers in Northern Nigeria (NOGMINN) at the Assemblies of God Church, Hwolshe, Jos, Plateau State recently.
He said, the conference was organised by the Nigeria Christian Pilgrim Commission (NCPC) in collaboration with the Network of Gospel Ministers in Northern Nigeria (NOGMINN) to foster unity and sound morality in the Northern Church.
Rev Pam explained that, “NCPC is Christian faith-based government organisation in Nigeria, saddled with the responsibility of organising and coordinating Christian Pilgrimage to Israel, Greece, Rome and other Holy sites around the world.”
He also stressed that, “NCPC is also a platform that brings Christians together, irrespective of their denominations,” adding that, “The Commission runs different Pilgrimage programmes, which include the general pilgrimage, which happens from October to December; the Easter Pilgrimage, which is from February to April; the Youth Pilgrimage in July as well as the Family Pilgrimage in August.”
He urged Church leaders to sensitize their members to take advantage of the self-sponsorship pilgrimage provided by the Commission, and urged members, who are financially buoyant, to sponsor themselves, their families and friends to the Holy Land.
Rev Pam encouraged them to become “agents of peace” by preaching peace to their congregations, adding that “Peace is everybody’s responsibility, and all hands must be on desk.”
According to him, “Part of the responsibilities given to me by Mr President is to make peace and resolve conflicts in Nigeria, and I will take the peace message anywhere I go.”
The NCPC’s Executive Secretary added that, “There is the need for Nigerians to support the efforts of security agencies in maintaining peace by providing useful information on threats to peace in the nation.”