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Gov. Sanwo-Olu launches commencement of 2019 general Christian pilgrimage



(2019)The LGovernor of Lagos State, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on  Sunday officially launched the commencement of the 2019 general Christian pilgrimage to Israel and Rome.

In a statement in Abuja on Monday, Mr Celestine Toruka, Head, Media and Public Relations of Nigerian Christian  Pilgrims Commission (ICPC) said the launch took place at  Chapel of Christ the Light Church, Alausa, Ikeja.

Sanwo-Olu urged the 2019 security  committee for the pilgrimage to identify pilgrims who had the  potential to abscond.

 He congratulated the intending pilgrims from Lagos State for their bold initiative to embark on holy pilgrimage to strengthen their faith in the Lord.

He said that by 2020 the state  would surpass the record of this year in terms of pilgrimage support and development.

The governor  described pilgrimage as a spiritual journey that transforms life the lives of  pilgrims urged the intending pilgrims to thank God for considering them worthy to re-examine their lives.

He said “it is an opportunity for you to increase your faith and it will be an opportunity to fellowship with other Christians.

The Governorv advised  the intending pilgrims never to think of absconding in Israel and to be worthy ambassadors of Nigeria and Lagos State.

The Acting Executive Secretary of NCPC, Mrs Esther Kwaghe, expressed appreciation to President Muhammadu Buhari for approving all the requests of the  commission for the 2019 general pilgrimage.

Kwaghe stated that the launch would remain a special day in the life of ICPC, adding
that the commission had put in place all necessary arrangements for a hitch free pilgrimage for the  year.

She said the commission would continue to strive to ensure no one absconded  and urged the intending pilgrims to resist the temptation of absconding during the pilgrimage.

She commended the Lagos State Government for allowing the commission  to host the  pilgrimage launch in the state.

Kwaghe further advised the intending pilgrims to examine their lives and go to them pilgrimage with the mind of prayer.

The Chairman, NCPC, Rev. Yomi Kasali, charged the intending pilgrims to project Nigeria well abroad and at all times. .

Edited & Vetted By: Chukwudi Ekezie

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