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Pres. Jonathan Leaves for Pilgrimage to Israel



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President Goodluck Jonathan will on Friday depart Lagos on a brief pilgrimage to Israel, his office said in a statement on Thursday.

The statement issued in Abuja by Reuben Abati, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, said that Jonathan would visit Christian Holy sites during the pilgrimage.

According to the statement, he will join other Nigerian pilgrims in a prayer session for the well-being and progress of the country at an Inter-Denominational Service in Jerusalem on Sunday.

The president, who will be accompanied by the Chaplain of the Presidential Villa, Obioma Onwuzurumba and his principal aides, is expected back in Abuja on Monday.

Before leaving for Israel, Jonathan will participate in the ground-breaking ceremony for the construction of the Seme-Krake Joint Border Control Post on Friday morning, the statement said.

“He will be joined at the event by President Boni Yayi of Benin Republic and officials of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).

“The Seme-Krake Joint Border Control Post is being constructed under the ECOWAS Transport Facilitation Programme which has the objective of boosting trade and economic relations among member countries,” it said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) was established by the Federal Government of Nigeria in May 1976 to gather and distribute news on Nigeria and cover events of interest to Nigeria at the international level for the benefit of the Nigerian Media and the Public.


  1. Elizabeth

    October 23, 2014 at 7:34 pm

    Really? With whose money, let’s at least wait until the girls are back and fairly well adjusted.

  2. onye

    October 23, 2014 at 7:48 pm

    How.many times will he go on pilgrimage?

  3. NagosBigBoi

    October 23, 2014 at 8:35 pm

    Please Mr President make sure you ask for peace and prosperity for all Nigerians! I hope we have sufficient number of people going with you to ensure that we have enough people at the session to raise enough voices to reach the lord. The more people the greater the probability that we will be answered. There is no better place to get to the Lords ear quicker than at the sites where his only son walked the earth.

    • defy

      October 23, 2014 at 11:47 pm

      Funny sarcastic statement lol !

    • Ada Nnewi

      October 24, 2014 at 8:38 am


  4. Anon

    October 23, 2014 at 8:45 pm

    That’s how Uncle GEJ would go to d wailing wall n win 2015 election 🙁

  5. bruno

    October 23, 2014 at 9:53 pm

    pls dont come back. stay there till u die.

  6. @edDREAMZ

    October 23, 2014 at 10:38 pm

    Uncle jonah like enjoyment…. Carry face like Nigerian president….

  7. Bb

    October 23, 2014 at 11:13 pm

    On tax payers money. Na wa

  8. sharon

    October 24, 2014 at 12:56 am

    Thank God we have a president who at least is trying to hear from God! The Bible says the nation that blesses Israel is blessed, may our president the point of connection for the whole country as he goes to pray. Let us try to be positive and encouraging my people, all hope is not lost in Jesus name

    • Iris

      October 24, 2014 at 7:47 am

      I hope he takes you with him..and then leaves you there so you can be our “permanent point of connection for the whole country”. Just relax in Jerusalem till further notice #OneLessDelusionalIndividualWhoseHeadHasBeenUsedToPlayAsoRockFootball.

    • Ada Nnewi

      October 24, 2014 at 8:38 am

      Another Mumu!

  9. anon

    October 24, 2014 at 5:55 am

    The Nigerian religious freaks are already buying it. So God has a direct line to Israel first?, I wonder where Nigeria is on his calling list.

    Go read a book…PLEASE.

    • Mz Socially Awkward...

      October 24, 2014 at 12:28 pm

      I’ve read a book called the Holy Bible and God actually has a direct line to Israel first. The death of Christ on the Cross makes that line available to all comers from every nation but Abraham’s descendants were embraced from the jump.

      My comment ends here and isn’t intended to lend any support to Jonathan and Reuben’s shenanigans.

    • bruno

      October 24, 2014 at 1:30 pm

      @mz, ur an idioy and this comment has proved it.

    • Mz Socially Awkward...

      October 24, 2014 at 2:16 pm

      Bruno, please stop getting unnecessarily excited at every slight opportunity to remind the world that you’re still panting around in some corner of the room. Try to productively focus that energy instead on keeping your raggedy, rabid, flea-bitten self firmly in your lane.


    • Iris

      October 24, 2014 at 9:11 pm

      We know this to be the case but I find it ironic that they don’t believe in Jesus. I think Islam actually has more regard for Jesus than Judaism does.

  10. lovi3

    October 24, 2014 at 8:16 am

    mean while in a parallel universe where Africa is the holy hand, nonafrican leaders go on pilgrimage to Africa… smh

  11. Glowing

    October 24, 2014 at 8:36 am

    May God give you, Our President, the wisdom to make the right petitions, and answer your Prayers in Jesus Name, Amen. May Peace continually reign in Jerusalem! May God Bless Israel and God Bless Federal Republic of Nigeria!!!

  12. Glowing

    October 24, 2014 at 8:57 am

    May God give Our President the wisdom to pray the right Prayers, May God continually cause Peace to reign in Jerusalem! May God Bless Israel! May God Bless the Federal Republic Of Nigeria!!!May All the Prayers be Answered in Jesus Name, Amen!!!

  13. 8i8ro

    October 24, 2014 at 12:06 pm

    if 15rae1 and 5aud1 [email protected] where sub-Saharan countries, how many afr1cans would be + or C*


  15. benny

    October 24, 2014 at 1:52 pm

    Presidents take breaks. If others choose various vacation destinations and this one chooses Jerusalem, how is it killing u ppl?

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