By Evelyn Okakwu
The leader of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) delegation for the 2014 Christian pilgrimage exercise, Senator Philip Aduda, has called on pilgrims participating in this year’s pilgrimage to remember that Nigeria needs their prayers.
“My advice to the pilgrims is that they should not forget that Nigeria needs prayers, that the 2015 election is here and that the country needs prayers so that the cases of insurgency and other challenges will be tackled by our leaders, successfully
“I call on the pilgrims to pray for peace, not only for Nigeria, but also for Israel, Greece and all the other parts of the world,” Aduda stressed.
He made the call while speaking at the flag off of this year’s pilgrimage exercise, where 250 pilgrims departed the FCT for Israel, at the weekend.
Speaking earlier at the event, the Executive Secretary of the Nigeria Christian Pilgrim’s Commission, (NCPC) John Kennedy Opara, called on them to pray also for lasting peace in Isreal, and Greece, stressing that pilgrimage was a call to global prayer.
“Pilgrimage is a spiritual engagement; a call to individual and collective prayer.
“Israel is a very secure place, one of the most secured in the world. We know that safety is in the hands of God, but we have done all that we ought to and we can assure you that we will by God’s grace, maintain the zero mortality and abscondment rate that the commission has had, for quite some time now,” he noted.
Also at the event, the Israeli ambassador to Nigeria, noted that Christian pilgrimage had improved the relationship between his country and Nigeria.
“Last year, marked the first time in the history of Nigeria when a sitting president came with his ministers to Israel on holy pilgrimage.