Daily Trust (Abuja)

20 December 2012

Nigeria: Pilgrimage Not a Jamboree - Mark

Addressing the pilgrims from the St. Mulumba's Catholic Chaplaincy, Apo, Abuja ahead of their departure to Israel yesterday, Mark asked them not to see the pilgrimage as a jamboree or a commercial purpose.

"Remember you are going to Israel on religious mission not jamboree or for any commercial interest. You must put Nigeria first in all you do.

Besides, you must go as a team and return as one group. Any attempt to abscond or behave in any manner unacceptable of a responsible citizen would not be tolerated", he said.

He appealed to them to devote their time to reflect on the situation in Nigeria and commit her to God for divine intervention, saying the security challenge facing the country could be overcome with honesty, commitment and resolve by all citizens.

Mark also charged the pilgrims to display good conduct that would improve the image of the nation in the holy land.

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