Monday, 2 March 2015

2015: Anambra Pilgrims embark on pilgrimage, Tasks to pray for President Jonathan's Victory

Okey Chris

The governor of Anambra State, Chief Willie Obiano has charged a contingent
of Anambra Christians who yesterday embarked on a pilgrimage to Israel,
Rome and Greece as part of this year’s Easter Pilgrimage programme of the
Nigerian Christian Pilgrims Commission to pray for a landslide victory for
President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan in the coming elections.
Governor Obiano also tasked the Christians to pray for the
immediate and total defeat of Boko Haram in the on-going war against the
insurgents in the North Eastern part of the country.

While flagging off the Easter Pilgrims programme at the Akanu Ibiam International
Airport Enugu, the Governor reminded the pilgrims that a pilgrimage
gives every Christian the chance for spiritual renewal and expressed
optimism that the pilgrims would return from the Holy land, transformed.

He further implored them to be peaceful and good ambassador of Nigeria by abiding by the rules and regulations of relevant authorities while in the Holy Land.

Earlier in his opening remarks, the Executive Secretary of the Nigerian
Christian Pilgrims Board, Mr. John Kennedy Opara disclosed that the event
was the first of its kind been witnessed by the Commission since the Airport was upgraded to International Airport.
Opara said the Pilgrims board had introduced another innovation; a basic leadership and skills acquisition programme, the youth pilgrimage programme and the Christian Pilgrimage Lottery Scheme, with a view to reaching out to more Christians who otherwise have remained untouched.
The empowerment scheme according to Opara, would also help the board to empower youths to a clear positive direction of where the nation is heading to, as pilgrims shall visit some agricultural centers and other areas that will help to empower them economically; so that they would be able to add value to the system upon return to the country.

He noted that Anambra State was the first state to participate in the basic leadership and skills Acquisition scheme in Israel.



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