The need for Nigerians to begin to eschew all forms of Religious, Ethnic and Political bigotry and embrace peaceful co-existence, tolerance and Unity of the Nigerian State, Tuesday, took the centre stage in Jordan Kingdom as Delta contingents currently on Pilgrimage in the Holy Land, visited Mount Nebo.
The Nigerian Ambassador in Jordan, Farouk Malami Yabo gave the charge while receiving the over 300 Delta State Christian Pilgrims at the Mountain where Prophet Moses was believed to have died and buried.
Ambassador Yabo, while eulogising the Kingdom of Jordan for its peaceful co-existence and tolerance, irrespective of its differences in religious belief and affiliations, said that the Kingdom has been recording improved socio-economic development as a result of its peaceful co-existence and tolerant dispositions.
He called on the Nigerian Government and its people to take a cue from the Kingdom of Jordan in relation to its peaceful co-existence in order to take the country to its destined heights and glory.
The Nigerian Ambassador to the Holy Land, commended the Delta State delegation for their comportment during the pilgrimage just as he sued for sustained prayers for the country (Nigeria).
His words; “I am sure that for the few days that you are here, you can feel the aural of peaceful co-existence that this country, Jordan enjoys.
“Jordan is an excellent example of peaceful co-existence, tolerance and unity. I think that that is what we desperately and critically need in our country, Nigeria.
“I think that if we can use the significance of this spiritual holy place here today, we can pray for the continuous co-existence, peace and stability of Nigeria.
“We can also pray for the prosperity of our people, equity and fairness in our dear country. I am positive that with our collective prayers, one nation bound in peace and unity can prevail”, Yabo asserted.
Welcoming the Ambassador to the prayer ground, the Executive Secretary, Nigerian Christian Pilgrims Commission, Revd. Yakubu Pam, expressed appreciation to the Federal Government for approving the 2020 Pilgrimage in the country in the midst of the daunting economic challenge as well as the global pandemic.
He also commended the Delta State Government for sustaining the sponsorship of pilgrims to the Holy Land just as he enjoined the pilgrims to justify the State Government’s huge investments by remaining worthy ambassadors of the State and the country at large.
On his part, the Chairman, Delta State Christian Pilgrims Welfare Board and leader of the State delegation, Arch Bishop Cyril Odutemu, while expressing appreciation to the Delta State Government for the continuous sponsorship of the yearly pilgrimage, led the pilgrims on series of prayers for both the Federal Government, State Government and those in the corridors of power.
The Pilgrims who have so far spent six days in the Holy Land, our correspondent reports, have so far visited some historical biblical sites where they intermittently stopped over to observe prayers for the State and country.