Three Delta pil­grims ab­scond in Is­rael

The Punch - - NEWS - Matthew Ochei, As­aba

GOV­ER­NOR Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State has ex­pressed shock over three pil­grims from Delta State who have re­port­edly ab­sconded dur­ing a pil­grim­age to Jerusalem, Is­rael.

Okowa dis­closed this while swear­ing in Apos­tle Syl­van­nus Oko­rote as the Spe­cial Ad­viser to the Gov­er­nor on Reli­gious Mat­ters and the in­au­gu­ra­tion of Bishop Cyril Odutemu as Chair­man, Chris­tian Pil­grims Wel­fare Board on Tues­day in As­aba.

He promised to carry out an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the in­ci­dent.

The gov­er­nor ex­plained that there was a need for a thor­ough probe de­void of sen­ti­ment to pre­vent any re­cur­rence of pil­grims ab­scond­ing the mo­ment they ar­rive in the holy land.

He said, “The is­sue of peo­ple ab­scond­ing in Jerusalem rather than go­ing for the pur­pose for which they were sent there is be­com­ing very wor­ri­some and a lot of work has to be done to check this trend. There have been in­for­ma­tion show­ing that three per­sons ab­sconded dur­ing the pil­grim­age.

“There will be an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the sources where the rec­om­men­da­tions for these in­di­vid­u­als came from be­cause such in­ci­dent is very em­bar­rass­ing and that is un­ac­cept­able to our state.

“So the process of screen­ing would-be pil­grims must be one that is thor­ough; one that is de­void of sen­ti­ment and when we find those re­spon­si­ble for this in­ci­dent, they will no longer be al­lowed to make rec­om­men­da­tions now and in the fu­ture.”

Okowa, how­ever, charged pil­grims to the Holy Land to dis­tin­guish them­selves with high spir­i­tu­al­ity and at­ti­tu­di­nal changes to jus­tify the pil­grim­age.

•L-R: Wife of La­gos State Deputy Gov­er­nor, Mrs Oluremi Hamzat; wife of the La­gos State Gov­er­nor, Dr Ibi­joke Sanwo-olu; win­ner of the 2019 prize for Qu­ramo Writ­ers, Onyekachi Ibe; Ex­ec­u­tive Pub­lisher, Quaramo Pub­lish­ing, Mrs Gbemi Shasore; Head Judge, Toni Kan; judges, Mo­lara Wood and Igoni Bar­rett, dur­ing the pre­sen­ta­tion of a cheque of N1m to the win­ner in La­gos …on Sun­day. Photo: Radi8

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