The Lagos State Christian Pilgrims Welfare Board has screened some intending pilgrims embarking on this year’s journey to the holy land of Jerusalem.
At the first phase of the administrative and medical screening in Lagos, about 500 people were in attendance.
“The exercise is just to ensure that the intending pilgrims are physically and medically fit for the spiritual exercise,” the Permanent Secretary of the Lagos State Ministry of Home Affairs, Mr. Adeola Hundeyin told Journalists.
Mr Hundeyin highlighted some of the measures put in place by the board to ensure a hitch-free exercise, saying that the state government no longer sponsors pilgrims to either Mecca or Jerusalem.
According to him, ”most of the people here today are those sponsored by their churches, communities and voluntary organisations.”
The Board’s Secretary, Mrs. Olayinka Oye-Bamgbose who emphasised the significance of the exercise stated that the journey to the holy land was an injunction in the holy book that any devoted Christian should crave for.
She however enjoined the intending pilgrims to be good ambassadors of Nigeria while on the spiritual exercise.
The Southwest Commissioner of Christian Pilgrims Commission, Mrs. Olufemi Taire took the intending pilgrims on a tour of enlightenment and advised them to play by the rules while away in the holy land.
In a chat with Voice of Nigeria, some of the intending pilgrims applauded the gestures of the state government towards a successful pilgrimage.
They promised to abide by the rules guiding the exercise.
Others who spoke at the event include the Nigerian Immigration Service and the Police.