Akure — Ondo State Governor Olusegun Mimko has called on intending Christian pilgrims from the state to shun any act capable of tarnishing their image and that of the state.
Addressing the 283 intending pilgrims to Jerusalem in Akure, he urged them not to see the exercise as a way of making money, but to seek spiritual favours from God. He noted that his administration in 2009, sponsored about 1750 pilgrims to the holy land.
"We have cause to glorify God in this state. Many people thought that there will be tension during the last governorship election, but it was very peaceful, even the most peaceful election ever conducted in the country. The observers were unanimous in their reports that the election was free and fair. They said it was the best election ever conducted in Nigeria. We need to thank God Almighty for this," he said.
Chairman of the Ondo State Christian Pilgrims Welfare Board, Pastor Ayodeji Asabia in his remarks, assured the governor of a coordinated exercise, saying $500 has been given to each pilgrim for the exercise.