By Olawale Abdul-Fatah
As intending Lagos Christian pilgrims conclude preparations for Isreal, the State Government has issued a passionate appeal to the pilgrims not to abscond in Jerusalem, Isreal.
The State urged the participants to see the journey as a spiritual retreat where they have to comport themselves and be good ambassadors of the State.
Commissioner for Home Affairs, Uzamat Akinbile-Yusuf, stated this on Friday at the service of dedication for the November/December pilgrims at the Chapel of Christ The Light, Alausa, themed ‘In his presence’.
According to the Commissioner, who was represented at the event by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Adebunmi Elizabeth Adekanye, the government has made all necessary preparations, including medical and administrative screening, in order to ensure the success of the 2019 pilgrimage.
In her words: “This service of dedication is themed ‘In His Presence’ because we believe we are going in His presence to intercede for our country, families and we believe that we shall come back full of testimonies. We advise you to comport yourself as a good ambassador of Christendom and Lagos State.
“I advise everybody to shun any intention to abscond; we should all go for the purpose which we are sent and come back to continue our life in a better way”, she added
The Executive Secretary, Christian Pilgrims Welfare Board, Florence Gbafe, counselled the pilgrims on some expectations of the government of Israel while in the Holy Land, adding that the State government had put machinery in place to apprehend those who might want to use the opportunity of travelling to Jerusalem to abscond.
Gbafe, however, assured the intending pilgrims that the welfare packages provided would sustain them throughout the journey, noting that the State Government has made adequate provision, including medical personnel, to attend to their medical needs.
The Secretary disclosed that over 900 intending pilgrims are going to be airlifted to the Holy Land for the 2019 pilgrimage exercise in three batches scheduled to commence from 1st to 10th of December, 2019.