By George Odok, Amman.
No Fewer than 300 Nigerians have safely arrived in Amman, the capital of Jordan, for the 2022 pilgrimage in the Holy Land.
The pilgrims arrived in Amman at the early hours of Saturday, Dec. 17, for a nine-day pilgrimage to historical sites of the teachings of Jesus Christ, as recorded in the Bible.
The pilgrims were sponsored to the Holy Land by the Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State.
In the first day of visit, the pilgrims were conducted round the historic site of the Citadel, whiuch is located on a hill in Amman’s downtown area.
The Citadel is home to the remains and incredible creations of past civilizations that occupied Jordan’s capital city.
At the site, the pilgrims explored the remains of the Temple of Hercules, which was built by the Romans, as well as buildings that formed part of the Umayyad Palace and ruins of a 6th Century Byzantine church.
One of the tour guides, Mr Red’ Ar, said that during the Iron Age, the present-day Amman was known as “Rabbath-Ammon” and it was the capital city of the ancient Ammonite people.
Ar told the pilgrims that the Bible had no expiration date, while the promises of God never expired.
The tour guide also led the pilgrims to sightsee the 5,000-capacity Roman Theatre, where the Romans used to gather to give offerings to God.
The pilgrims were also allowed into the Jordan’s Archaeological Museum to sight historical images and artefacts.
Before departing Enugu on Friday, Ugwuanyi urged the pilgrims to be of good conduct in the Holy Land and not to abscond while in Jordan.
One of the pilgrims, Mr Anselem Ekpungu, who spoke, said that the visit had afforded him the opportunity to see the sites and happenings that were recorded in the Bible.
He thanked Gov. Ugwuanyi for the sponsorship, praying that God would sustain him as he continued to sponsor more pilgrims to the Holy Land.