Israel - Nigerian pilgrims to the 2013 Christian Pilgrimage to Israel on Thursday decried the high cost of gift items.
They told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the prices of gift items in Israel were on the high side compared to Nigeria.
Jonathan Ali, a pilgrim from Gombe State, said he had decided to buy only those things that he needed during his stay in Israel because of the high price.
"I have resolved not to buy any item again unless those ones that I know will be useful to me here,’’ he said.
He said he bought some of the items because of their quality and not because they were cheap.
"Sunny Ezeagu from Imo said that he did not buy much because he discovered that the prices of the items were same with the prices in Nigeria.
"The prices I got in some shops today is almost same with the prices in Nigeria, that is why I did not buy much today. When I get to Nigeria, I will buy them,’’ Ezeagu said.
Ezeagu said that it would be a waste of time and money to buy things he wouldn't need and carry excess luggage when the prices were similar in Nigeria.
"Felicia Amupitan from the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) said that she decided not to buy much because the prices were better in Nigeria.
According to her, she does not do much shopping because the prices of gift items are very high.
Amupitan said that apart from the high price of the items, she would not want to carry excess luggage when going back home.
"I am not buying not just because of the high prices, but also to avoid carrying excess luggage,’’ Amupitan.
Raphael Agetu, a pilgrim also from the FCT, said that he was not satisfied with the prices of the items he bought so far, and had resolved not to buy anything again until he returned to Nigeria.
NAN recalls that the Rev. Fr. Innocent Jooji, the leader of the 2013 FCT Pilgrims to the Holy land of Israel, had earlier urged the pilgrims not to engage in commercial activities during the exercise.
"We are here for spiritual purpose and not for commercial purpose,’’ Jooji said.