Daily Trust (Abuja)

Nigeria: Ngillari to Lead 504 Adamawa Pilgrims

Adamawa State Deputy Governor James Ngillari has said that 504 prospective Christian pilgrims from the state were set to perform the 2012 pilgrimage in Israel.

Ngillari stated this at the orientation and farewell service for the intending pilgrims at the Church of Brethren in Nigeria, EYN, in Yola.

The deputy governor, who is also the leader of the state government's delegation, called on the prospective pilgrims to consider their journey as a religious obligation.

"I call on the intending pilgrims to marry what they have read from the Bible and what is obtaining at the religious site," Ngillari said.

He advised them to exhibit good attitude while in the holy land and be good ambassadors of the country.

He urged them to use the visit to pray for themselves and the country.

The state Chairman of the Christian Pilgrims' Welfare Board, Mr Edward Ishaya, said the first batch of 312 would be transported on Saturday.

The second batch of 192 would depart on Thursday.

He gave the assurance that proper arrangements had been made for a successful pilgrimage, stressing that they would be in good hands while in Israel.

Rev. Elkana Markus said that pilgrimage was a spiritual journey, stressing that its success would depend largely on the pilgrims' openness, faith, flexibility and love.

"I pray that while in the holy land, you will be ushered into God's presence, transformed and have renewal of live and spiritual benefits."

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