Governor Mohammed Abubakar of Bauchi State has advised Christians pilgrims to Israel against absconding.
He gave the advise in Bauchi while addressing the Christian Pilgrims who were on a farewell visit to him at the Government House.
He said that it will be wrong for any of the pilgrims to abscond and seek remain in the holy lands, or relocate elsewhere for any reason.
"Such an act would not be condoned by this government because we shall not allowed such irresponsibility,"he said.
He therefore urged the pilgrims to be good ambassadors of the state and avoid any act capable of tarnishing the image of the state.
"In this regard, you go not only for yourselves but as ambassadors of our dear state. It is our expectation that you will serve as respected citizens of Bauchi state and Nigeria whom you represent. Your journey to the holy land is sacred,"the governor added.
He reminded them that going to Israel is a journey of spiritual renewal as such they are expected to pray for the restoration of all that is good , development, health of leaders in the state and Nigeria.
“I want to urge you to be of humble character and reverence in your conduct on this pilgrimage and to be observant and note the elements that make the holy land a very compelling attraction for pilgrims all over the world,"he advised.
Speaking, Chairman, Bauchi State Christian Pilgrims Welfare Board, Engineer Daniel Shawulu commended the Governor for the opportunity given them to embark on the pilgrimage through training of the board staff and other supports.
He appeal to the Governor to provide the board with a permanent office accommodation for its operations.