By Andrew Ikehi in Amman, Jordan
The need for God’s divine intervention in the current Nigerian economic challenges, its growing insecurity situation and other varied anti-developmental/anti-social indices, is taking the centre stage at the ongoing Christian Pilgrimage in Jordan City by no fewer than 223 Christian Pilgrims of Delta origin.
The pilgrims who arrived Jordan City Thursday, are currently visiting historic Biblical sites in the Holy land where they took out time to pray in each of the sites for the Nigerian State, with strong emphasis on its economy and the growing spate of insecurity.
The sites so far visited include; the Jordan Valley where it is held that Jesus performed greater percentage of healings with diverse miracles performed at the Valley by the Son of God.
Also, the pilgrims, currently residing at Amman, the capital city of the Holy land, have visited Mount Mar Elias; the ancestral nativity of Prophet Elijah just as they have also visited Gedara, the border town between Jordan and Galilee.
Spotting the Biblical Sea of Galilee, few metres away from Gedara; the spot where Jesus was said to have cast out demons from two mad men into a swine, the pilgrims also, took out time to pray for the nation.
Still basking in the euphoria of the spiritual exercise, the pilgrims, yesterday, visited River Jabbok; the River where Jacob struggled with an angel and where he also, crossed to Canaan.
Leader of the delegation and Chairman, Delta State Christians Pilgrims Welfare Board, Arch Bishop Cyril Odutemu, expressed optimism that given the spiritual implications of the Biblical sites and the prayers of the pilgrims, God will certainly intervene in the affairs of the Country (Nigeria).
Odutemu, joined by the Executive Secretary of the Board, Apostle Samuel Okoh as well as other members of the Board, led the delegation in series of prayers for President Muhammadu Buhari, the State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, the State and indeed, the nation.
Prayers for the revitalisation of the nation’s economy, end to the growing security challenges; kidnapping, banditary, herdsmen attacks, among others, topped the priority list of the prayer points at the ongoing exercise.
The pilgrimage, our correspondent reports is being sponsored by the Delta State Government as approved by the Nigerian Christian Pilgrims Commission (NCPC).