The Lagos State Christian Pilgrims Welfare Board (LSCPWB) has commenced the airlift of Christian Pilgrims to the Holy Lands of Israel and Jordan with the charge that they must be good ambassadors of the State and Country.
Addressing the 140 pilgrims before the airlifting ceremony at Christ The Light Chapel, Alausa, Ikeja, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs, Mr. Sewedo Oluseyi Whenu, advised the pilgrims to be focused, bond and unite as a team, stressing the importance of unity to the success of the journey.
He enjoined the pilgrims to look forward to an encounter with God through prayers while imploring them to observe the laws of the holy lands, follow instructions of their tour guide and conduct themselves well during the pilgrimage exercise.
The Special Adviser to the Governor on Religious Matters (Christian), Very Rev. Bukola Adeleke, urged the pilgrims to pray for the peace of the State and Country, especially on the forthcoming elections across the Nation.
Also speaking, the Board Chairman, LSCPWB, Rt. Rev. Babatunde Akinpelu-Johnson, advised the intending pilgrims to remain focused and not lose concentration with side attractions during the pilgrimage exercise.
He implored all participants to observe all stipulated COVID-19 protocols.
On her part, the Board Secretary of LSCPWB, Mrs. Yetunde Florence Gbafe, commended the State Government for providing the platform for a seamless journey, informing the pilgrims that the journey will be energy-sapping, thus they should consult medical personnel on the team in respect of any personal health issues.
The Chairman, Lagos State Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Rt. Rev. Stephen Adegbite, offered prayers for a safe journey while urging the pilgrims to be worthy ambassadors.
In attendance during the airlift were Board members of LSCPWB, the Presiding Chaplain of Chapel of Christ the Light, Venerable Ezekiel Oluwadare, and the Chaplain, Rev. (Dr.) Dele Ajayi among others.