19 Governors, Over 10 Ministers, Others To Accompany Jonathan On Holy Pilgrimage To Israel
President Goodluck Jonathan will this week depart to Israel leading a delegation of 19 state governors, over 10 ministers and unspecified number of his aides on this year’s christian pilgrimage to the holy land.
Executive Secretary of the Nigeria Christian Pilgrims Commission (NCPC), Kennedy Opara confirmed this yesterday night in Abuja at a ceremony to flag off the year 2013 pilgrimage to Israel. President Jonathan was represented at the event by Senate President David Mark who condemned the twist in the objective of pilgrimage from spiritual to commercial purposes.
According to him ”In recent times, pilgrimage has lost its essence because many people have commercialised it. The current situation in the country demands that we all join hands to fight terrorism. We must not allow terrorism to derail us from delivering the dividends of democracy. We are fighting a serious battle but we are not alone. Christ is with us and so we must put on the whole armour of faith.”
Beside observing the holy pilgrimage, President Jonathan is also expected to sign a Bilateral Air Services Agreement, BASA, with the Israeli authorities.
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