Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has restated the commitment of his administration to ensure improved welfare and service delivery to all pilgrims from the state at all times.
The Governor made this statement at the general pilgrims’ inter-denominational thanksgiving service held on Wednesday at the Chapel of Christ The Light in Lagos.
The Governor who was represented by his Chief of Staff Mr. Tayo Ayinde said the state government is proud of pilgrims from the state who he said were good ambassadors, displaying high level of discipline and probity while in holy land.
He said, ‘’We give thanks to God almighty for giving us this opportunity every year to return back from pilgrimages safely to give thanks to him. I must commend you all for being good ambassadors of our state through your conduct and discipline I was informed you all exhibited throughout the journey.’’
Also speaking Commissioner for Home Affairs Prince Anofiu Olanrewaju Elegushi noted that ‘’Today’s thanksgiving service is in fulfilment of His command: expressing our appreciation and gratitude to God for His faithfulness, goodness and mercies over us.’’
‘’I am sure you have returned with great richness of spiritual rejuvenation, full of joy and strengthened with faith. A great gift and grace, a unique and unforgettable experience you will forever cherish in your hearts that the almighty called you to experience.
As we all know, Pilgrimage to the Holy Land of Jerusalem entails spiritual transformation, it is a unique religious exercise that transforms the heart and mind of the Pilgrim and you have been lucky to have been a part of it, you have all returned home to a new sense of Christian calling to take up a new way of life and also be a positive influence on people around you.
‘’While we rejoice, I urge us to remain sober, steadfast and continue to uphold those values that have been passed down to us during our pilgrimage to the Holy Land, and to always remember your experience of rebirth and maintain a constant godly disposition in all your endeavors.
‘’Let me use this opportunity to enjoin all men and women of God present here not to be tired in praying for God’s intervention and restoration of hope in our lives, in Lagos state and our great country- Nigeria.
‘’I want to restate that the Almighty God wants you, as Jerusalem Pilgrims to show the way forward by living exemplary lifestyle worthy of a true ambassador of God and to preach peace amongst your circle of influence. ‘’
He urged them to eschew all tendencies that may aggravate whatever challenges being experienced at the moment, saying they must remain indivisible in order to celebrate their victories together.
‘’Having returned safely from Jerusalem, I wish to appeal to you to advertise the Pilgrimage package of the State government. You can also sponsor your friends and family so they can also enjoy a seamless and rewarding Pilgrimage experience, ‘’ Elegushi said.