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  1. Please keep it this way always. Governments should supervise the running of religious affairs, not have them sponsored by the tax payer’s money. What happens to those Nigerians who are neither Christians nor Muslims? As they get more aware, they would, of course, demand to be so treated. Then because we live in a plural society, Nigerian atheists, Buddhists, Hindus etc would also present their grudges…

    Some lazy state governors need reminding that pilgrimage, like tourism, is a big seasonal business which could be made to yield revenue and provide much needed jobs. When you hands off sponsorship and then set up a well organized oversight system that would control the new pilgrim travel agencies that would emerge, you are creating jobs while your economy grows. The days of freebies are over. The dead Soviet Union ran that system for some 60 to 80 years without succeeding at it. There is a limit to which you could bleed the cash cow. It is more profitable to empower people than keep feeding them for free. They are not physically handicapped, just in need of empowerment. Please do not return to the old dispensation where pilgrimages were sponsored by government. It is a retrogressive approach to growth…

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