No less than 312 Christian pilgrims from the Delta were flown Monday to the Holy Land, Jordan in Israel via Port Harcourt International Airport.
The Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Christian Pilgrims Commission, Reverend Yakubu Pam, during the departure briefing in Asaba, capital of Delta State, warned prospective pilgrims against fleeing.
The CNPC boss, who was represented by mobilization director Chris Udegbunam, praised Governor Ifeanyi Okowa for his consistency in sponsoring the state’s Christians on pilgrimage.
Pam commended the future pilgrims for their level of both spiritual and physical preparation to undertake the journey of faith.
According to him, “it is the policy of the commission to achieve zero flight of pilgrims to the Holy Land”.
He therefore urged them not to run away, adding that “the commission seriously disapproves and will do everything humanly possible to discourage it”.
Governor Okowa, who was represented by Special Duties Office Commissioner Johnbull Edema, urged the pilgrims to be good state ambassadors and not to discredit the state government.
He said that as pilgrims they should conduct themselves in a manner that is proper and worthy of Christians.
Okowa said the exercise would provide pilgrims with the opportunity to visit historical biblical sites they read about in the Bible and bring them closer to God.
He urged them to pray and seek the face of God for peace, unity and development in the state and county, especially in the run up to the 2023 general election.
In his address, Delta State Christian Pilgrims Welfare Board Chairman, Bishop Cyril Odutemu urged prospective pilgrims to conduct themselves decently in the Holy Land.
He warned them against unruly behavior in the Holy Land and advised them not to do anything that could jeopardize the security of the host country.
Furthermore, the Executive Secretary of the Council, Apostle Samuel Okoh, has instructed future pilgrims to be good ambassadors for the state and for Nigeria.