By Andrew Ikehi in Amman, Jordan
The joyous and peaceful atmosphere in Amman, the capital city of Jordan currently hosting over 223 Deltans on pilgrimage, was almost punctured on Sunday following news of the attack on one of the buses conveying the second batch of pilgrims to the Jordan.
The Pilgrims – all of Delta origin, were reportedly attacked along Owerri Road, the Imo State capital on their way to the Port Harcourt International Airport enroute Jordan to join the 220 pilgrims from the State, already in the Holy land.
The unfortunate incident, it was reported, saw the driver of one of the buses being stabbed by the yet-to-be identified hoodlums while conveying the intending pilgrims to the Airport for boarding to the Holy land for the ongoing 2020 exercise in the Holy land.
Announcing this Sunday at Amman during a worship service by the pilgrims, the leader of the State delegation and Chairman, Delta State Christian Pilgrims Welfare Board (DSCPWB), Arch Bishop Cyril Odutemu, said that the injured driver is currently undergoing treatment in an undisclosed hospital.
Odutemu, while saying that the injured driver, as at press time, was responding to treatment, urged the pilgrims to intensify prayers for his quick recovery just as he assured that the intending pilgrims were being expected to join those already at the Holy land by Monday, 6th September.
It would be recalled that the second batch of the pilgrims were earlier billed to travel to the Holy land for the exercise alongside the 223 of them already in Jordan for the exercise, but were denied flight due to discrepancies with their Covid-19 test results which were not released as at when others boarded, Thursday, last week.
Meanwhile, at the Sunday corporate worship by the pilgrims held at the prestigious Mena Tyche Hotel, Amman, the Board chairman reminded the worshippers of the need to uphold the virtues of holy living inorder for them to remain relevant and viable for the coming of the lord.
Reading from the book of Matthew 25:1-13, Odutemu who is also the Archbishop, Bendel Diocese of the Anglican Communion, urged the worshippers to avoid the mistake of missing heaven after their sojourn on planet earth.
Speaking on what he titled; “The Costly Mistake” told the congregants that it would amount to irredeemable misfortune should any of them miss heaven after all their religious exercise here on planet earth.
Leading the worshippers into series of prayers for both the Nigeria, particularly those at the corridors of power, the cleric tasked them on the need to always lift fingers of assistance for the needy in the society.
In their separate remarks, the Executive Secretary of the Board, Apostle Samuel Okoh and the former State Chairman, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Arch Bishop God-Do-Well Avwomakpa enjoined the Pilgrims to make good use of the exercise in strengthening their relationships with God.