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October 15, 2013 10:17 pm

Nigerian President to Lead 30,000 Christian Pilgrims to Israel

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JNS.orgNigerian President Goodluck Jonathan will lead more than 30,000 Christian pilgrims on an upcoming trip to Israel.

While in Israel, President Jonathan, who is the first sitting Nigerian Christian president to visit Israel, is expected to sign a Bilateral Air Services Agreement between Nigeria and Israel, making it easier for Christian pilgrims to visit, reported.

According to Nigeria state media, the first round of 2,000 Christian pilgrims will begin arriving Oct. 19, while President Jonathan is expected to arrive Oct. 23. The president will also be joined by several members of his administration and by other governors.

“Our belief is that if Nigerians go on pilgrimage and are morally transformed, they would pursue peace and all the enemies of peace would be defeated,” said John Kennedy Opara, Exectuive Secretary of the Nigeria Christian Pilgrim Commision, according

Africa’s most populous nation, Nigeria has been racked by sectarian tension for the past decade as Islamic terror groups from the Muslim north have attacked Christians in the south. But Israel and Nigeria enjoy strong diplomatic ties, with several dozen major Israeli companies operating in Nigeria.

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  • Thomas Hesmert
    Will such homophobic christian lunatics also be welcome in Israel?

    • Regina

      Homophobic? What has this got to do with subject? You haven’t a clue as to what’s going on. Islam strings gays up on cherry pickers dude! Furthermore, it’s homos like you who can’t tollerate another view point that goes against yours.

  • Good news to hear. Baruch HaShem!

  • Herb

    This is a man who thinks big!

  • Luigi Rosolin

    Wonderful, Christian’s are the best friend of Israel and Nigeria people pilgrimage is the expression of the close tie to Jews that are our first brother and teacher.
    I hope also that Israel will offer help to combat the Islamic extremist with some training a least to confront the continuous brutal killing by the Nigeria Islamic terrorist.

    • paul

      thanks we believe in the God of the glorious Jewish people.
      i will forever love and die for the God who choose Israel as His people to show us gentiles the way to eternal life.the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is my God.

  • Dela

    God bless G.Jonathan and God bless Israel.

    • Amigos:
      Nuestro Señor Jesucristo dijo: “Ya no los voy a llamar siervos sino amigos…..” Evang. Juan 15:14,15
      Que hermoso es oír hablar de hombres de buena voluntad, hombres y mujeres que aman y buscan la paz. Seguro recibirán su galardón, el mismo Sumo Creador lo hará. Nos unimos en oración por estas iniciativas que nos dan un mensaje. Aún hay esperanza si nos unimos en amor y comprensión, principalmente por los menos afortunados. Dios bendiga al Presidente Jonathan. El Señor bendecirá su nación.

      Our Lord Jesus Christ said: “I will no longer servants but friends call …..” Evang. John 15:14,15
      How beautiful it is to hear of men of good will, men and women who love and seek peace. Insurance will receive their award, the same Supreme Creator will. We join in praying for these initiatives give us a message. There is still hope if we unite in love and understanding, especially for the less fortunate. God bless the President Jonathan. The Lord will bless his nation.”