he Executive Secretary, Plateau State- Christian Pilgrims Board, Rev. Fr. George Gorap, has warned pilgrims undergoing the 2023 Christian pilgrimage to Jordan and Israel to shun any plan to abscond while performing the pilgrimage.
Gorap issued the warning on Sunday while pilgrims from Plateau, Ekiti, Osun and Kwara states were undergoing the pilgrimage exercise in Jordan and Israel.
TheNewsGuru.com (TNG) reports that Gorap urged the pilgrims to be law-abiding to enable their states to maintain their good name in and outside Nigeria.
In his words: “It is believed that people come here knowing exactly why they are here but on the other hand some people want to abscond and it is quite unfortunate.
“The best place to be is at home, people make the mistake of thinking far from the essence and the importance of coming here as pilgrims.
“We hope that after this exercise, these Nigerians will return home and grow the country together.”
“Therefore, I urge you to shun the urge to abscond because if you are caught, you will face the full wrath of the law,” he advised.
According to him, the pilgrimage helps Christians to grow, unites Christians from all denominations and brings unity as a whole.
He said above all, pilgrimage prepared a believer for his final journey to heaven, adding that it was a reminder that humans were mere pilgrims on earth on a journey to heaven.
TheNewsGuru.com (TNG) reports that a pilgrim is a traveler who is on a journey to a holy place.
Typically, this is a physical journey to some place of special significance to the adherent of a particular religious belief system.
In the spiritual literature of Christianity, the concept of pilgrim and pilgrimage may refer to the experience of life in the world or to the inner path of the spiritual aspirant from a state of wretchedness to a state of beatitude.