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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  • endingNaija

    Mr. Eyal Mesika was the Israeli citizen money launderer in the $9.3m money laundering case to South Africa. Is Mr. Eyal Mesika on President Jonathan’s entourage or will he meet the president in his home country Israel during this holy pilgrimage?

    • Leslie

      Hahaha!Nice one.

  • Ayo Odunsi

    Philippians 4:6-7
    Don’t worry about anything; instead pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

    • Scalywag

      But when we pray we first ask for forgiveness from God for the things ‘we have done and we have failed to do. Then we resolve to do those things we have failed to do. We are enjoined to take action. For instance a man who is attacked by a lion will not simply pray for God’s protection from the lion. For the sake of his life, he will confront the lion or run away. Either way he would have helped the cause of his prayer

    • tundemash

      Clown .. even Israel does not have the kind of churches and fake believe you have in Nigeria. If you like , you can pray till eternity, God can’t be deceived; you and Nigeria will ever remain backward as long as you do everything from the perspective of ethnicity/religion and political leaning.

      How many times has Obama, Clinton, Bush, Putin, Cameron, Merkel gone on holy pilgrimage and yet they run their countries functionally. Only rogues use religion to divide and rule !!!

  • Charles Akin

    What a country? What a president?

    • Please send this IMPORTANT MESSAGE to all who can do something about it:

      Like the U.K. Charity Commission, Nigeria needs to start prosecuting
      Religious Fraudsters. Also, Nigerian Officials must stop mixing
      Government with Religion.

  • Abiodun Adeniran

    Here comes Pope Goodluck Jonathan.

    • tundemash

      lolo ! I bet you meant Rogue Goodluck Jonathan

      • He meant Pope. It’s same as rogue.

        Please send this IMPORTANT MESSAGE to all who can do something about it:

        Like the U.K. Charity Commission, Nigeria needs to start prosecuting
        Religious Fraudsters. Also, Nigerian Officials must stop mixing
        Government with Religion.

  • Tawandah incommunicado

    The cynical double standards expressed by those who arrogate to themselves special entitlements over Nigeria is annoying to say the least. In the past all our Muslim leaders perform the Hajj which Nigeria actually subsidises along with thousands of Muslims but if President Jonathan travels to the holy land of Israel,all hell is let loose,are Christians not full fledged Nigerians ?………..Answer me you bigots !!

    • tundemash

      So where is the transformation since your Dumbo is doing same things other have done in the past ? You forgot to add that he’s also stealing like Abacha.

      How many times has Obama, Clinton, Bush, Putin, Cameron, Merkel gone on holy pilgrimage and yet they run their countries functionally. Only rogues use religion to divide and rule !!!

      • Tawandah incommunicado

        All the leaders you mentioned may not be religious but all have paid visits to the Vatican…..and in fact prayed with the Pope. There are different ways of expressing faith !

        • tundemash

          Are u assuming this or you saw the vision during your ogogoro session at the amnesty camp ?

          • Tawandah incommunicado

            All that you mentioned have received Papal blessing and prayers during visits to the Vatican,I have cross-checked it ALL HAVE BEEN TO THE VATICAN,

          • tundemash

            Poverty of mind is far debilitating more than anything else and you suffer from that.

            Vatican is a country on its own headed by the Pope. State visit isn’t same thing as pilgrimage. And as you acknowledge up there, you said “All the leaders you mentioned may not be religious” (unlike Dumbo i assume you meant) , any visit at all is purely a state visit. Pope has been to Saudi Arabia, would you say he was on Hajj pilgrimage Mr. Myopic ?

            Dumbo is a clown using religion to f00l religious bigots like you.

          • Tawandah incommunicado

            Ignorance is more debilitating than “poverty of mind”. Catholics,Orthodox Christians and many Christian denominations also have the Vatican as a pilgrimage destination,St’ Peter ,the head of Jesus’ Decsiples was executed in Rome,so were many Christian saints .

  • amazing2012

    Tawandah ! I am a Christian but please quote to me from Bible where God say you should go on pilgrimage. Only Nigerian Christians go on pilgrimage others go for TOURISM, Nigerians call it “Pilgrimage” to attach spiritual significance to it. You only so what God asks you to do, who teaches how to do to.

    • Tawandah incommunicado

      You do not know anything about Christianity then. The Christian culture of pilgrimage to Jerusalem started in the middle ages before the crusades. The Bible is a holy book and teaches about faith but the practice of Christianity evolved from the first Christians after the death of Jesus to date.

      • amazing2012

        I ask you to quote Bible you are quoting history of distortion of Christian faith.! You confirm that the origin is not from Christianity but western addition toGod teaching. After crusade? Are you saying God forget to mention, command or ask any disciple to do so? Jesus never mentions it nor its in Old Testament where did you get it ? Who ask you to practice such pagan practices?

        • Tawandah incommunicado

          The practice of Christianity is based on traditions evolving from the time early Christians of which pilgrimage has been an essential part of. Do not forget that Christianity effectively started after the death of Christ. Only a daft nincompoop will expect the ritual of pilgrimages to be found in books written before then.
          Christianity unlike Islam keeps undergoing reforms. Sharia still maintains laws written a thousand years ago by Arabic desert nomads.Christianity has reformed through the centuries and pilgrimages are solidly imprinted in that tradition,it has been like that from the 1st century AD,Christians visit the holy land to experience and see where Christ lived,worshipped and died however it is not the same as in Islam where it is almost a mandatory ritual for every Muslim at least once in a life time

  • amazing2012

    We Christians starts going to Jerusalem because Muslims are going to Ajji, and government is giving them subsidy. To some point there are two groups, those who go to Israel and those who go to Vatican ! Pilgrimage is not Biblical !

  • Tunde

    Just out of curiosity, is this a private pilgrimage or a state sponsored one? Will our president and his “delegation” be collecting estacode (travel and hardship allowance) for this trip? If it is indeed a state sponsored trip, did GEJ ask us, his employers whether it is ok? This guy just stumbles from one disaster to another. And he has the temerity to ask decent and rational thinking nigerians to vote for him again? Does this guy even understand what it means to be the leader of a nation?

  • tundemash

    How many times has Obama, Clinton, Bush, Putin, Cameron, Merkel gone on holy pilgrimage and yet they run their countries functionally. Only rogues use religion to divide and rule !!!

    • dave

      You dont have to go to Jerusalem tp pray.This is sheer waste of time and resources.

  • Sword of Damocles

    “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.”

    does this mean “President PHD” will not drink “sapele water” today?

  • Sunny

    What is this for? You can be deceiving the brainwashed Nigerians but you can’t deceive God and those of us that understand that this is just a way to further deceive your already deceived followers. nonsense of the highest order.

  • Ibori

    Evil Enemies of Nigeria. Gone to pray for another four years to finally finish the country. Gone will never answer your prayers. Waste of time and public funds.

    • Please send this IMPORTANT MESSAGE to all who can do something about it:

      Like the U.K. Charity Commission, Nigeria needs to start prosecuting
      Religious Fraudsters. Also, Nigerian Officials must stop mixing Government with Religion.

  • imam Imam

    who is deciving who . prey and come back to rigg yourself in

  • olusina sellings

    Only God knows many millions of dollar will go with this Israel mission of Mr President and Orisajefor.

  • Jonathan Akpabio

    Is it right for President GEJ to tell Nigerians that he and his enthourage including clergymen went to Jerusalem to pray for Nigeria and Nigerians at an unwholesome cost to Nigeria treasury while in another instance fraudulently stealing money which is not corruption according to GEJ through ecstacode, allowances and opulent travel arrangements. what a shame. Recall that GEJ has been going round Nigeria that transformation agenda is working and that all is well in Nigeria including the dubious cease fire agreement with Boko Haram. All these for declaration? A prayer in Jeruselem from a man who is stealing and has corruption around his government? A prayer that cannot work in Nigeria but only in Jerusalem? A prayer from a man who has been using federal apparatus to intimidate and harrass oponents like Gov. Ameachi and Ex Gov. T. Sylva etc?. A prayer from a man who will plan and execute the rigging of the next election come 2015? A prayer from a man whose wife’s instiable propensity for power, greed and wealth participated in the replacement of Gov. T. Sylva with Gov. Dickson which came with the reward of her appointment as the Permanent Secretary Min. of Education which she never technically attended to but immorally was getting paid until few days ago when she shamelessly resigned for her to earn full retirement benefit? Nigerians will pray to God in Nigeria against Jonathan and cohorts and vote them out in 2015, God helping.