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2013 PILGRIMAGE: JONATHAN’S PARTICIPATION CAPABLE OF TRANSFORMING QUALITY OF LEADERSHIP- GOV. ELECHIii

Gov. Martin Elechi of Ebonyi State, says, the participation of President Goodluck Jonathan alongside some state governors and other top government functionaries can transform the quality of leadership in Nigeria.

Elechi said this shortly before he and other state chief executives left Abuja, late Tuesday night for Israel, ahead of President Jonathan’s visit.

2013 PILGRIMAGE: JONATHAN’S PARTICIPATION CAPABLE OF TRANSFORMING QUALITY OF LEADERSHIP- GOV. ELECHI

Gov. Martin Elechi of Ebonyi State, says, the participation of President Goodluck Jonathan alongside some state governors and other top government functionaries can transform the quality of leadership in Nigeria.

Elechi said this shortly before he and other state chief executives left Abuja, late Tuesday night for Israel, ahead of President Jonathan’s visit.

Some of the state governors, deputy governors and other top government officials have gone ahead to receive President Jonathan who will be visiting Israel on Wednesday.

He said that leaders at all levels must in the face of daunting challenges; seek spiritual solution to their problems and noted that the purpose of the entire delegation’s visit to Israel was spiritual.

Elechi said that the President had led by example by putting God first in all that he did and called on Nigerians to emulate his example.

``We are going to seek the face of God in our efforts to transform our society and it will encourage those who are sitting on the fence to wake up and re-examine their conscience.

``The President has shown us the way, he has never left God out of anything he is doing, this is another way to demonstrate this example,’’ he said.

In the same vein, President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, described the high profile participation in this year’s exercise as a divine arrangement.

He said that it was normal for leaders in every society to submit themselves to God, noting that all leaders were answerable to God.

 ``I also believe that going to Israel will do something as far as our conscience is concerned, most of our leaders will be touched by God and this will have a positive impact on our society,’’ he said.

 Nasarawa State deputy governor, Mr Luka Damishi, said that the visit could afford the dignitaries the opportunity to reflect on their lifestyles and change for the better, where necessary.

Damishi said that leaders could imbibe the virtues that could help in the transformation of the society.

Gombe State deputy governor, Mr Thaanda Rubinu, said the state government was sponsoring 343 pilgrims to the 2013 pilgrimage which is the highest number ever sponsored by the state.

He said the state government was committed to the spiritual rejuvenation of its citizens hence the increase in the sponsorship of pilgrims to holy pilgrimage.

Rubinu said government was expecting the pilgrims to return to the state and impact positively in the transformation and development of the state.

The Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Christian Pilgrim Commission (NCPC), Mr John-Kennedy Opara, who was also on the advance team to Israel, said all was set for the president’s visit.

Opara restated that the spiritual content of the president’s programme in Israel remained undiluted as the delegation would engage in largely spiritual activities during their stay in the holy land.

President Jonathan will on Wednesday evening depart Nigeria for Israel on pilgrimage.

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