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Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State has asserted that Nigeria is going through strange and difficult times and needs God’s intervention more than ever.
He made this assertion when he spoke while flagging off Batch A of the 2022 Christian pilgrimage to the Holy Lands of Israel and Jordan, in Enugu, Ugwuanyi enjoined the 274 intending pilgrims, sponsored by his administration, to pray for peace, security, unity and progress in Enugu State and Nigeria as a whole.
The governor, who was received by the elated beneficiaries on arrival at the venue, urged them to also ‘pray particularly that we may love one another, as this, in my judgment, is the missing link in our society, for love beareth all things (I Corinthians 13:7).’
Ugwuanyi enjoined the state government-sponsored pilgrims to Israel and Jordan to equally pray for peaceful electioneerings, successful general election and seamless transition in Nigeria, in 2023.
He congratulated the intending pilgrims on the unique opportunity and thanked the Almighty God for using the instrumentality of his administration to accomplish it.
Ugwuanyi advised them to obey the extant rules to the letter, adding that ‘the state expects 100 per cent return of our pilgrims and the handlers should ensure no one absconded.’
The governor, therefore, wished them journey mercies and spiritually enriching experiences. ‘In keeping with our commitment to deepening the practice of Christian faith in our state, we are sponsoring 274 pilgrims for the 2022 Easter Christian pilgrimage, to wit: 24 for Jordan and 250 for Israel, respectively.
‘The Christian pilgrimage is an occasion for Christians (pilgrims) to step out of their comfort zone to encounter God where He has revealed Himself; to visit places associated with the life, times and teachings of Christ, especially his birth, passion, death and resurrection.’