Intending Pilgrims to Jerusalem have been admonished to make the fear of God their watchword, with a charge to portray the State in good light as worthy ambassadors and make positive contributions to the development of the state and the country at large.
Ogun State Governor, Prince (Dr.) Dapo Abiodun who stated this in Abeokuta, while addressing the State contingents to the Holy Land, Jerusalem, stressed that the possession of the fear of God by any individual would readily make people perform their civic responsibilities, and contribute their quota voluntarily to issues of governance.
Governor Abiodun, who was represented by the Secretary to the State Government Mr. Olatokunbo Talabi, congratulated the intending pilgrims for the decision to embark on the spiritual uplifting exercise, adding that the visit to Jerusalem was also an avenue to explore the greatness and economic viability of the two nations.
“This visit to the holy land should not be regarded as a fun-fare but should be seen as an avenue to reinforce the confidence of the people in their capability to accomplish holiness for the good of the land.
“I, therefore, urge you in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ to pray fervently for Ogun State, and Nigeria as a whole. In addition, I implore you to be security conscious and abide by rules and regulations of the land in your dealings in the holy land”, he stated.
The Governor added that the visit was ‘’to reawaken ourselves to a deeper reflection of the current realities understanding our duties and inspiration on expectations from all stakeholders in the project Ogun State and project Nigeria in general’’.
He thereafter prayed for the peace and mercy of God to go with the contingents, urging them to abstain from the lust of the flesh.
In his welcome address, the Executive Secretary, Ogun State Christian Pilgrims Welfare Board, Mr. Abiodun Akunwunmi informed the Governor that the intending pilgrims supposed to have embarked on the journey early, but due to some slight delay which had now been resolved.
Responding, on behalf of the contingents, Mrs. Moyosore Omitade appreciated the State Governor for the kind word of prayers, assuring that they would not let the State down in the holy land.
Babajide Jokotagba, Kehinde Balogun & Goke Oyebade
Press Officers, Office of the SSG & OGCPWB