• ‘I am not afraid’ of pilgrimage – Hajj stampede survivor

    ‘I am not afraid’ of pilgrimage – Hajj stampede survivor

    As pilgrims from around the world symbolically stoned the devil on Monday in the last major rite of the hajj, the memory of a deadly stampede during last year’s stoning ritual remains all too real for Kassoum Kouanda.

    Injured in the crush which killed his three companions and around 2,300 others, he vividly recalled the tragedy in an interview with AFP — and explained why his young wife is attending this year’s pilgrimage.

    Kouanda, 50, of Burkina Faso in West Africa, is […]

  • Pilgrimage will no longer be for sight-seeing alone – NCPC boss

    Pilgrimage will no longer be for sight-seeing alone – NCPC boss

    The executive secretary, Nigeria Christian Pilgrim Commission (NCPC), Rev. Uja Tor Uja, has said that the commission is determined to make Christian pilgrimage a strong spiritual exercise so that those who go on pilgrimage would not come back the same.

    This was disclosed in a statement made available to newsmen in Abuja, yesterday.

    Uja explained during a meeting with the leadership of the Plateau State Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) that NCPC is empowered by its enabling Act to coordinate and organise […]