Jonathan, Oritsejafor, National Assembly members, others arrive Jerusalem for pilgrimage

President Jonathan on Pilgrimage to Israel [Photo: Sahara Reporters]

President Goodluck Jonathan arrived in Jerusalem on Saturday for a two-day pilgrimage to Israel.

According to the president’s itinerary, he will observe the Sabbath Day on Saturday at the Wailing Wall, where he will pray privately before going to Mount Tabor and Mount Carmel.

Mr. Jonathan will also visit some other Christian holy sites during the pilgrimage.

During the pilgrimage, he will pray for Nigeria at an Interdenominational Church Service with the theme: “A day with Jesus for Nigeria in Israel”.

The programme of events indicates that other Nigerian pilgrims will join the president during the service to pray for the wellbeing and progress of the country.

Mr. Jonathan is performing pilgrimage for the second time during his first tenure.

Nigeria’s Ambassador to Israel, Davi Obasa, received the president on arrival at the David Ben Gurion International Airport, Tel Aviv.

Others at the airport included Gov. Willie Obiano of Anambra, John-Kennedy Opara, Executive Secretary, Nigeria Christian Pilgrims Commission and Brig- Gen. Jones Arogbofa, the Chief of Staff. to the president.

President Jonathan is accompanied on the pilgrimage by Ven. Obioma Onwuzurumba, Chaplain of the Presidential Villa, Bishop David Oyedepo of Living Faith Church Worldwide and Smart Adeyemi, Chairman, Senate Committee on FCT.

Members of the Federal Government delegation in the pilgrimage include the Most Rev. Nicholas Okoh, Primate Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) and Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, President, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN).

Olajumoke Akinjide, Minister of State for FCT, Chinedu Neboh, Minister of Power, Sarah Ochekpe, Minister of Water Resources; Philip Aduda and Ndudi Elumelu, both lawmakers, are also part of the delegation.

Other delegates are Gov. Gabriel Suswam of Benue and Gov. Jonah Jang of Plateau.

(NAN)

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