Monday, 21 October 2013

# Africa News # David Mark

Pilgrimage Has Lost its Essence with Commercial Activities - Jonathan

President Goodluck Jonathan has lamented that even at a time when Nigerians are supposed to draw closer to God when they visit the Holy Lands, they have continued to negate the spiritual essence of the trip with commercial activities.

Jonathan, who was represented by Senate President David Mark, said this during the flag-off of the October/December Christian pilgrimage to Israel, Rome and Greece.

Mark said the president will next week depart Nigeria for Israel in company of 19 state governors as part of the 2013 Christian Pilgrimage to the Holy Land.

According to him, the history of pilgrimage in Nigeria shows that spiritual exercise has lost its real essence as many Nigerians now see it as a leeway to engage in commercial activities.Continue...

He said: "In recent times, pilgrimage has lost its essence because many people have commercialised it. The current situation in the country demands that we all join hands to fight terrorism. We must not allow terrorism to derail us from delivering the dividends of democracy.

"We are fighting a serious battle but we are not alone. Christ is with us and so we must put on the whole armour of faith.”

- Dailytimes

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