Delta State Governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan has asked Nigerian Christian pilgrims to Israel to, while performing the pilgrimage, pray for Nigeria to have peaceful general elections coming up on March 28 and April 11 respectively.
Governor Uduaghan who made the appeal when he flagged-off the Delta State pilgrims to Israel in Asaba, also asked the pilgrims to pray for sustained victory of the military over Boko Haram.
“Pray for peaceful co-existence, pray for peaceful elections, pray with your voters cards at one of the sites and God will give us peaceful elections.”
The Governor made it clear that Nigeria country needs all the prayers in the face of the challenges surrounding the general elections even as he stressed the need for prayer for the military men and women who are at the battle fronts against Boko Haram for God to sustain and grant them permanent victory.
He spoke of the spiritual essence of the pilgrimage to Israel, saying: “pilgrimage is usually very fulfilling as it afford them the opportunity to be closer to their creator.”
The Governor said that the blessings that come to the state through pilgrimage can not be quantified and asked the pilgrims to pray for his administration to finish strong and finish well. He noted that the few months remaining for his administration could be challenging.
Dr. Uduaghan who advised the pilgrims to be of good conduct, scored the state high in terms of its indigenes not absconding during pilgrimages which he attributed to a rigorous exercise by the Pilgrims Board.
He reiterated that the pilgrimage to Israel was not for tourism but for spiritual exercise and requested that the pilgrims should be conscious of the purpose of visiting Israel
“This year we have 1,170 pilgrims that are going on pilgrimage.”
Earlier, the Commissioner, Bureau for Special Duties, Barrister Powell Ojogho expressed gratitude to Governor Uduaghan for encouraging Deltans to go for the annual pilgrimage, adding that the pilgrims are aware of their mission to Israel.
Pastor Chika Akwebue who spoke on behalf of the one hundred and ninety pilgrims who made up the first batch of the pilgrims, also, thanked Governor Uduaghan’s administration for his interest in encouraging pilgrims to the holy land. [myad]