Christian Pilgrims from Kogi State Government have been charged to display a high sense of responsibility and shun all acts that are unbiblical while in Israel.
Kogi State Governor, Capt. Idris Wada, gave the charge in a farewell address to this year’s intending Pilgrims to Jerusalem, from the State.
The State Governor who was represented by his Deputy, Yomi Awoniyi, urged the pilgrims to see the exercise as spiritual, admonishing them to pray for the country.
The Governor who solicited sincere prayers from the pilgrims when in the Holy land, disclosed that the nation is presently passing through a very challenging phase of life, with the leaders in need of spiritual guidance and inspiration to successfully navigate those challenges.
While noting that the State Government will continue to support activities aimed at spiritual rejuvenation, and as a conscious policy aimed at promoting peaceful co-existence among adherents of all religious in the State.
The Governor who applauded the spirit of religious harmony existing in the State, said it must never be taken for granted, wished the pilgrims a successful 2013 pilgrimage.
In his speech, Pastor Samuel Egwuda, the Executive Secretary Kogi State Pilgrims Commission, said the State contingents will while in the holy land pray for the success of the transformation agenda of the present administration.
The Executive Secretary commended the efforts of the State Government, assured that the contingents will not disappoint the State in their conduct.
Highlight of the farewell programme was the offering of prayers for Nigeria, people and Government of Kogi State as well as the presentation of medal to the State Deputy Governor, Yomi Awoniyi as the leader of the state delegation to the 2013 pilgrimage to the holy land.