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Al-Makura urges Christian pilgrims to pray for peaceful elections

Al-Makura urges Christian pilgrims to pray for peaceful elections

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Al-Makura urges Christian pilgrims to pray for peaceful elections

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By Isaac Ukpoju

Lafia, Jan. 4, 2019 (NNN) Governor Umaru Al-Makura of Nasarawa State has urged intending Christian Pilgrims to Israel to pray for the peaceful conduct of Nigeria’s general elections this year.

Al-Makura, who was represented by his Deputy, Silas Agara, at the farewell ceremony for the intending pilgrims on Friday in Lafia, challenged the pilgrims to maximize the benefits of the spiritual exercise.

He said: “The pilgrimage is a spiritual engagement that enables us have personal communion with God and to renew our faith.

“This journey you are about to undertake avails you the opportunity to submit yourselves to fervent prayers for peace, tranquility, progress and harmonious co-existence among the diverse ethnic and religious groups in the state”.

He urged them to pray for peace during the forthcoming elections and electioneering activities devoid of rancour and acrimony.

The governor reiterated the state government’s commitment to supporting religious activities aimed at deepening the faith of the people.

He charged religious, community and opinion leaders to always encourage their subjects and followers to imbibe the values of love and tolerance, for peace to reign in the state and the country.

Al-Makura admonished the pilgrims to be good ambassadors of the state while in the Holy land by shunning all social vices.

The leader of the state delegation, Dr Luka Baba-Panya, the “Etsu Karu”, appreciated the state government for the opportunity to embark on the spiritual journey.

He assured the state that all the pilgrims would make the state proud through their conduct during the exercise.

According to him, they will use the opportunity to pray for the sustenance of the prevailing peace in the state as well as the peaceful conduct of the general elections.

Mr Musa Aloko, Executive Secretary of the state Christians Pilgrims Welfare Board, said all arrangement had been concluded for successful conduct of the pilgrimage.

Aloko said the 179 pilgrims from the state would be transported to Israel on Jan. 6, from the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.

He explained that out of the 179 intending pilgrims, 169 were sponsored by the state and local governments, while nine were self-sponsored. (NNN)

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Edited by Oluwole Sogunle

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