President Goodluck Jonathan is expected to sign a bilateral air services agreement BASA with officials of the state of Israel while leading 30,000 Christian pilgrims to Israel for this year’s pilgrimage.
Executive Secretary of the Nigeria Christian Pilgrims Commission NCPC, John Kennedy Opara who stated this at a press conference in Abuja said the agreement will ensure direct flight from Nigeria to the state of Israel.
According to him, this will reduce cost and the long hours pilgrims spend while connecting from Turkey.
He added that this is the first time a serving Christian President is performing the pilgrimage exercise which is expected to begin on the 19th of October.
The NCPC boss also said about thirty percent of the expected 30,000 pilgrims scheduled to make this year’s trip are either self sponsored or sponsored by various churches or Christian organisations.
He also assured pilgrims of their safety despite the increase in tension in the Middle East.