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Pilgrimage: Janathan's visit beneficial in many ways, says DSP Ekweremadu

THE Deputy President of the Senate, Sen. Ike Ekweremadu, says President Jonathan's visit to Israel would benefit Nigeria in many ways, in addition to spiritual dimension of the visit. He said this in an interview with newsmen.
Ekweremadu said that aside from the normal Pilgrimage activities in the Holy Land, the President in company of state governors and some top government functionaries would engage Israeli authorities on key bilateral issues.
He said that the presidential delegation would hold discussions with their Israeli counterparts in areas where Israel had comparative advantage. The significant thing about this year's pilgrimage is that for the first time in the history of this country, a sitting President is leading a retinue of Senior State Officials to primarily seek the face of God.
The delegation will also engage in discussions with Israeli officials in areas of mutual interest, particularly in those areas that Israel has comparative advantage, the issue of BASA will also come up, so I can tell you it will one visit that will benefit our country in many ways,'' he said.
Ekweremadu said that the desire of the President to seek God's assistance in the management of the affairs of the nation was the biggest show of the President's faith in God. He said that the delegation would be involved in special prayer sessions that would culminate into a special service for Nigeria's peace and unity.
He urged all intending pilgrims to this year's pilgrimage to emulate the example already set by President Jonathan by being steadfast and confident in their prayers for the nation.  Ekweremadu expressed hope that Nigerians' participation in holy pilgrimages would bring about the much needed transformation of the nation's economy and institutions.
The Deputy Senate President left Abuja with the third batch of pilgrims from the FCT on 25th October, 2013. The President accompanied by some government officials left Nigeria on Oct. 23 for the State of Israel to perform holy pilgrimage amongst other things.

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