Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi, has called on intending pilgrims from the state to Israel to be good ambassadors through their conduct and behaviour and to embrace decorum in all they do while in the holy land.
Fayemi gave the charge at the farewell service for the pilgrims to Jerusalem, held at the conference hall of the Old Governor's Office, Ado-Ekiti.
The governor, who was represented by his deputy, Mrs. Funmi Olayinka, reminded them that Christian pilgrimage is an act of faith performed annually and provides an opportunity for believers to strengthen their faith through visual and practical appreciation of the records in the Holy Bible.
He admonished the pilgrims to let the journey to Jerusalem inspire them to re-dedicate themselves to spiritual rejuvenation and re-awakening.
The governor also used the occasion to appreciate the good work of the leaders of the two dominant religions which is evident in the harmonious relationships and co-existence that pervade the state and charged them to continue to preach love, peace and cordial relationships in their different denominations and communities.
Earlier, Venerable Ola Olajobi had urged the intending pilgrims to shun frivolities in the holy land and see the exercise as an opportunity to refresh themselves spiritually so that on their return, they would not be seen only as Jerusalem Pilgrims (JP) but as Jesus People (JP), whose conduct and Christian live have been renewed and positively transformed to the glory of God.