He gave the charge Wednesday while addressing the members of the Bauchi State Christian Pilgrims at Government House, saying “It will be wrong if you choose to abscond and seek to remain in the holy lands, or indeed relocate elsewhere in search of greener pastures”.
The Governor, who warned that such an act would not be condoned by the state government, added, “We shall not allow such irresponsibility.”
Abubakar urged them to be ambassadors of the state, and shun any act that is capable of tarnishing the image of the state, warning further “Government will not condone such misconduct”.
He explained that going to Israel is a journey of spiritual renewal, hence the need for the intending pilgrims to be ambassadors of Bauchi state.
The governor told them, “Our expectation is that you will serve as respected citizens of Bauchi state and Nigeria that you represent. Your journey to the holy land is sacred.”
He also asked the pilgrims to pray for the country, saying, “We therefore expect you to pray fervently for the restoration of all that is good, development, health of leaders in the state and Nigeria”.
He admonished them “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.”
The Chairman, Bauchi State Christian Pilgrims Welfare Board, Engineer Daniel Shawulu has earlier commended the governor for the opportunity given them to embark on pilgrimage to Rome, training of staff and continued support to the pilgrims board.
He also appealed to the governor to provide the board with permanent office accommodation of its own in the capital.