Lalong to sponsor 1,700 pilgrims to Jerusalem

Lalong to sponsor 1,700 pilgrims to Jerusalem

- Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau has urged churches and wealthy individuals to sponsor less advantaged people to Jerusalem

- The governor, at a visit to Nigeria Christian Pilgrim Commission, said the nation needs prayer, thus people should be sent to the holy land

- He also revealed that the state government will sponsor 1,700 people to Jerusalem in 2019

Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau has urged churches and wealthy individuals to sponsor the spiritually inclined Christians, who could not afford pilgrimage, to the holy land.

Lalong made the call on Tuesday, January 8, in Abuja, when he paid a courtesy visit to Reverend Tor Uja, the executive secretary of the Nigeria Christian Pilgrim Commission (NCPC). gathers that he said because of the current economic crunch in the country, there is the need for church leaders to take up the responsibility of convincing well-to-do members to sponsor other less privileged ones on pilgrimage.

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He said: “Our churches need to take the gauntlet and convince the rich in our churches to spend some of their money to sponsor other spiritually inclined members on the pilgrimage.

“If we begin to encourage this, it will have positive impact on our society.Christians in Nigeria are in disarray, because of denominational problems. Church leaders should look into this issue and encourage members to follow in the footsteps of Christ as the Bible teaches.

“Let us not forget that when there is tolerance, there is peace. When most Christians visit the holy land, they will have a better understanding of living as one in the body of Christ.”

According to the governor, most people depend on government to sponsor them for pilgrimage, even those who can afford it.

He also added: “We need to look for other ways to sponsor pilgrims to enrich our spirituality.’

He advised Christians, who could afford the trip to take advantage of the opportunities the spiritual exercise offered as it is both spiritually and morally rewarding.

Lalong said pilgrimage was important for the people of Plateau now more than ever because the state needed moral and spiritual transformation to achieve peace and development.

The governor noted: “It is necessary for the people of Plateau state to go and pray for lasting peace and progress of the state.

“That is why we are sponsoring 1, 700 pilgrims to enable them pray for peaceful elections and learn to live in peace and harmony with one another."

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Meanwhile, previously reported Governor Simon Lalong on Tuesday, November 6, blamed the crisis in the state on religious and community leaders, saying they were compounding pandemonium by hiding criminals in their domain.

Lalong made this known at the State House correspondents after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari together with the executives of the Church of Christ in Nations (COCIN) at the State House Villa, Abuja. ( -> We keep evolving to serve our readers better.

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