ABUJA – AS Christians embark on pilgrimage to Jerusalem, the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, has tasked them to pray fervently for the fall of the dreaded Islamist terror group, Boko Haram.
He equally enjoined all Christians participating in the 2015 Easter Pilgrimage to pray for the peaceful conduct of the 2015 general elections.
Senator Ekweremadu, according to a statement by his Special Adviser, Media, Uche Anichukwu, who spoke during the flag-off ceremony of the 2015 Easter pilgrimage to Israel, Greece and Rome at the Akanu Ibiam International airport, Enugu, Sunday evening.
Praising the courage of the Nigerian military in the ongoing war against the Boko Haram insurgency and terrorism, Ekweremadu noted that with God, Nigeria would have peaceful elections contrary to the negative predictions in some quarters.
He said: “I want to ask you to pray for our country, especially for a peaceful, free and fair 2015 general elections and concerning the war against insurgency and terrorism. With your prayers, God will not only grant us peaceful elections, but will have only good men and women elected into offices.
“Today our soldiers are doing very well in the onslaught against Boko Haram in the North East. On behalf of the people of the South East, I commend their gallantry. But while they are engaged in the physical warfare, I urge you to take the spiritual warfare for the soul of the country and fall of Boko Haram to the holy land.”
In a related development, the Deputy President of the Senate has described the departure of the pilgrims from the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu, as a dream come true.
He therefore commended President Goodluck Jonathan for upgrading the Enugu Airport to an international status, adding: “As the then Chief of Staff, Government House, Enugu, part of my responsibility then was to coordinate pilgrims leaving from Enugu. One evening, I got a call that the vehicle taking our pilgrims to Port Harcourt had an accident and some people died.
“When years later, I found myself in the Senate, one of my visions was to ensure that the people of South East would not have to travel for pilgrimage from outside Enugu; all of us at the National Assembly and the South East political leaders continued to pursue it until late President Musa Yar’Adua sanctioned it and President Jonathan saw to its fruition”.
He assured that the Jonathan Administration would see to the completion of the infrastructural transformation of the Airport and called on the pilgrims to pray for the President.
While encouraging the pilgrims to hold their heads high in the holy land, he urged them to be good ambassadors of Nigeria and desist from any actions capable of tainting the image of the country.