By Richard Akintade, Oshogbo
Christian leaders and philanthropists have been charged to encourage their followers to participate in the annual Holy Pilgrimage.
The Permanent Secretary, Office of the Chief of Staff and General Services, Osun State, Mrs.Oluwakemi Kolawole, gave this charge yesterday while speaking with our Correspondent on the preparation of the state’s Christian Pilgrim Welfare Board towards this year holy pilgrimage to Jerusalem.
According to Mrs. Kolawole, it is a special blessing from the Almighty for anyone sponsoring others to the Holy Land of Israel.
The Permanent Secretary who lamented that the current economic situation in the Country has seriously affected this year pilgrimage because both the local and state governments have not been sponsoring pilgrims to Jerusalem again unlike before further admonished well to do people in the society to sponsor both their relatives, friends, associates as well as members of their various Churches to Jerusalem, saying “they are not doing it in vein as they comply”.
Mrs. Kolawole who used the medium to commends the governor, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola for his unflinching support to the board all the time, informed the general public, as well as Corporate body, that more rooms are still available to accommodate some pilgrims to Jerusalem in this ongoing year.
The Permanent Secretary however thanked those that have already shown intention of going to Jerusalem this year with the state Christian Pilgrim Welfare Board while welcoming others to come.