The Lagos State government has lauded Jerusalem pilgrims’ in the December pilgrimage to Israel, describing them as ambassadors of good and exemplary conduct.
Chief of Staff to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Mr Tayo Ayinde made the remarks at the hoisting of the Nigerian flag on a boat cruise for the pilgrims on Sea of Jordan.
He noted that the pilgrimage had been devoid of hiccup, urging the state’s pilgrims to imbibe the virtues inherent in the pilgrimage.
He said: “The lesson and virtue of the pilgrimage is tolerance. This is because despite the fact that participants belong to different denominations, they have bonded and freely interacted with one another peaceably without any acrimony or segregation.
“If the virtues of this pilgrimage is imbibed by the participants there would be less of mutial suspicion that could cause religious crisis in the country. To this end, I want to urge the pilgrims to replicate the virtues acquired when they return home and be more tolerant of others with different religious leanings for a better society.”
In her remarks, Commissioner for Home Affairs, Mrs Uzamat Akinbile-Yussuf also praised the pilgrims for exhibiting decorum and excellence.
“So far so good, Lagos pilgrims have once again demonstrated that they are good ambassadors of the state and Nigeria in particular at the ongoing pilgrimage.
“Their decorous conduct and colourful appearance been applauded by pilgrims from other pilgrims from different countries. As a responsible government, we have out so much into making our pilgrims happy and we are happy that all is well with them.”
Other government officials at the event were the Commissioner for Commerce, Mrs Lola Akande and Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs, Mrs Adebunmi Adekanye.