Lokoja - Kogi Deputy Governor Yomi Awoniyi on Monday urged the 210 Christians intending to go on pilgrimage to Israel to regard it as a purely spiritual exercise.
Awoniyi made the call in Lokoja at a seminar organised for the intending pilgrims by the Christian Welfare and Pilgrims Commission.
Awoniyi urged the intending pilgrims to focus on divine aspect of the exercise for their spiritual transformation.
He advised that the exercise should not be seen as a jamboree, but rather as a unique opportunity for a fresh encounter with God as written in the Holy Bible.
While congratulating the intending pilgrims, he urged them to use the exercise to pray for a turning point for the state and the country.
Awoniyi said the challenges facing the nation could be resolved, saying that the pilgrims should pray for divine intervention in the nation’s affairs.
Prof. Ologbemiro Jegede, Secretary to the State Government, urged the pilgrims to be good ambassadors of the state while in the holy land.
He said their stay in the holy land should be dedicated to self reflection and spiritual rejuvenation.
Earlier, the Executive Secretary of the commission, Egwuda Sunday, said the seminar was organised to acquaint the pilgrims with what is expected of them while in the holy land.
He called on the intending pilgrims to adhere strictly to rules and regulations guiding the exercise.