Abuja- John-Kennedy Opara, the Executive Secretary, Nigerian Christian Pilgrims Commission, has pleaded with the pilgrims to be good ambassadors of Nigeria.
He made the appeal on Sunday at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport just before the pilgrims left for the Holy Land.
He said pilgrimage was for moral and spiritual transformation.
“Pilgrimage is for moral and spiritual transformation and so I believe that pilgrims will be transformed after this journey.
“ We also believe that if you have a burden or a challenge, you go to the Lord in prayers and He will meet you at the point of your need.
“I believe that you will come back as different persons and everyone who relates with you will know that you have an impact on his or her life,’’ Opara said.
The executive secretary added that all pilgrims should see themselves as great ambassadors of Nigeria, stressing that “there is no other country like Nigeria.
“This is the only place you can decide to contest for an election and nobody will say no but if you go to Israel, nobody will recognise you as a citizen of that country.’’
In his remarks, the Chairman, Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs, Sen. Paulinus Nwagwu, wished the pilgrims a fruitful pilgrimage to Israel.
He advised them to continue to pray for an urgent end to the insecurity challenge facing the country.
Nwagwu said every pilgrim should remember that pilgrimage was a spiritual exercise, stressing that “everyone must commune with God and behave in such a way that He will hear and answer his or her prayers.’’
More than 300 Christian pilgrims left for the Holy Land for the pilgrimage. (NAN)