The Lagos State Pilgrims Welfare Board on Thursday commenced the airlift of 250 Christian Pilgrims to the kingdom of Jordan with a charge to the pilgrims to be good ambassadors of the state and country while in Jordan.
Addressing pilgrims before the commencement of the airlifting ceremony at Christ the Light Chapel, Alausa, Ikeja, the Executive Secretary of the Nigeria Christian Pilgrims Commission (NCPC), Rev. Yakubu Pam noted that pilgrimage to Jordan is not to replace that of Jerusalem but an opportunity to explore Jordan as part of the holy sites mentioned in the Bible.
He said: “Jordan is not a replacement for Jerusalem as it is just like going to Greece or Rome for pilgrimage. This is part of the mandate of NCPC which states that Israel and other holy lands as stated in the bible can be visited for pilgrimage.”
While imploring the pilgrims to obey the instructions of their tour guide during the pilgrimage exercise, he urged them to note that pilgrimage is not for individual benefits alone but the benefits of the country by praying and advising governments about the things explored in Jordan.
The executive secretary also used the opportunity to charge the pilgrims to observe all covoid19 protocols and obey spiritual authority while stating that feeding, accommodation and security has been well taken care of.
He, however, warned those with the mindset of using the pilgrimage exercise to abscond from the country to reconsider as adequate check has been put in place to prevent such act.
The Special Adviser to the Governor on Christian Religion, Rev. Olubukola Adeleke urged the pilgrims to use the opportunity of the exercise to pray for Lagos State and by extension Nigeria while in the holy hand of Jordan.
He, however, urged them to see the pilgrimage as a spiritual exercise and not for sight-seeing alone, appealing to participants to remain good ambassadors of Lagos State and Nigeria as a whole.
On her part, the Executive Secretary of LSCPWB, Mrs. Florence Yetunde Gbafe commended the state government for providing the platform for a seamless journey, informing the 250 Pilgrims that the journey will be energy-sapping, thus they should consult medical personnel on the team on any personal health issues.