Nigerians in Jerusalem observing the 2016 holy pilgrimage have asked for divine intervention in tackling the country’s economic recession.
The Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Health Service Commission, Dr. Jemilade Longe, who is among the 300 pilgrims from the state, said the intercession was part of the issues earmarked for the pilgrimage.
Longe, in a statement on Thursday, said the prayers became necessary considering the various challenges facing the country.
He said the pilgrims visited several historical sites where Jesus Christ carried out His ministry, praying for Nigeria’s peace and prosperity.
“Pilgrimage exercise gives one the opportunity to see all that has been written in the Bible and the experience instills in us a lot of confidence about biblical promises and revelations yet-to-befulfilled,” Longe added
He said the pilgrimage experience was very significant for Lagos State in harnessing its tourism potential, which is a cardinal focus of the Ambode administration.
He said, “Our governor has done a lot to boost the tourism potential of the state and by coming here, it will give us opportunity to learn more on how to improve and also appreciate the importance of tourism.”
One of the pilgrims, Reverend Ogunfolaji James, said the pilgrimage was important for Nigerians to unite and fight against the evil affecting national development.
He said, “What I have seen here in Israel has further made it more imperative for me to pray fervently for our dear country.
“I saw mass farming activities even though Israelis don’t have the right vegetation.
“These people produce what they eat right here in the desert. Our country is so blessed with natural and human resources, yet we still depend on food imported from other countries.”