Nigerians have been urged to have confidence in the country and be proud of it.
The Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Christian Pilgrims Commission, NCPC, Reverend Tor Ujah made the call during a courtesy visit on the Director General of Voice of Nigeria, Mr Osita Okechukwu in Abuja.
Reverend Ujah called on Nigerians to showcase the beauty and endowment of the nation, saying that despite the shortage of facilities, nobody can dismiss a proper Nigeria in the committee of nations.
According to him, the pilgrimage strategy as a “Christian Commission is based on a Tripod, to enable all those who go on pilgrimage to find Christ in truth and live for him.”
In his words “we want it to be a Spiritual exercise that draws people not only close to God, but with the practical sense, they can prove in this country…The second leg of it is that we want people to showcase the beauty and capacity that Nigeria has. The third leg of the tripod is to develop and promote leadership and development in Nigeria. We want people to go around the world and see; And when we go to Israel, Greece or Rome, we should know that whatever they see, we can do it in Nigeria.”
Reverend Ujah affirmed that in the course of their visits to the Spiritual sites, he noticed the great advancement that Israel has made in Agriculture and believed that ‘what Israel has achieved, Nigeria can achieve ten times over.’
This, he does by exposing the Pilgrims to have new philosophy both in life and global importance as well as reconstructing their farms so that there would be greater yield not only for local consumption, but also for export.
On the issue of restructuring, Dr Ujah said the most critical thing that had been absent in Nigeria, was a mental construct that would make Nigeria and not regional or ethnicity on restructuring project.
He added that it has come to a point where it must identify new voices and present positions of rectitude that would give room to reconstruct peoples’ minds before restructuring the nation.
The Director General of VON, Mr Osita Okechukwu expressed his readiness to partner with the Nigerian Christian Pilgrims Commission, NCPC, whose agenda on restructuring is in line with that of the present government.
According to him, President Muhammadu Buhari’s government is committed to restructuring Nigeria’s sub structure and super structure.
In his words “what President Buhari is doing is exactly what you said.’’
“In the two phases of restructuring, the most important one to start with is the sub structure restructuring, when you know that government is corrupt, it becomes difficult for you to pay taxes. This is the format Mr. President wants to use, he says, I borrowed about 30 billion dollars, what is the purpose, the purpose is to transform the country,” Mr Okechukwu explained.
“The sub structure restructuring concerns the people’s mind and to expand the pursuit of agriculture revolution, while the super structure restructuring consists of devolution of powers. A lot of people have gone to town as if there is no restructuring going on, when you even tell them to define restructuring, they will tell you about regions, but they refuse to understand that the same Nigerian people voted against regions in Abacha Conference of 90s, in the 2005 Obasanjo’s Conference, in the Jonathan 2014 Constitutional Conference, and you now asked them how would that be done,” he stated.
Mr Okechukwu pledged his support to the Commission, stressing on the need to set up a joint committee. He also got the Commission acquainted with the knowledge of expansion of VON Shortwave to mobile phones to be easily accessed by Nigerians.