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10/29/13 at 11:51 AM 0 Comments

Nigerian President Jonathan makes Pilgrimage to Israel

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At a time when religion and Christianity globally is either being balkanized by infighting, threatened by persecutions or being civilized to a new humanism, Nigeria surprised many when the President officially honors the Holy Land with a state visit and pilgrimage.

“Israel and Nigeria share the belief that the progress we make in our own countries and societies can benefit our neighbors and regions at large. I know that one of highlights of your trip was the signing of the Bilateral Air Services Agreement between Israel and Nigeria. You are a leader who opens the skies for the horizons of tomorrow. Hand in hand, let us soar along the runway of progress and freedom towards a brighter future," President Peres told President Jonathan.

Meanwhile, Jonathan, who met earlier in the day with the Minister of Defence, Mr. Moshe Ya’alon, must be concerned about security concerns and needs to urgently learn how Israel turned a serious security threat in an open desert to what is globally acknowledged as a competitive advantage in Military Intelligence.

According to the Associated Press (AP), Netanyahu predictably reemphasized that stopping Iran from getting nuclear weapons was important to Nigeria, Africa and the world. Israel and the West believe Iran is trying to develop nuclear weapons technology. The Jewish state sees a nuclear armed Iran as a threat to its existence, citing Iranian references to Israel's destruction and its support of militant groups like Lebanon's Hezbollah. Iran of course says its nuclear programme is for peaceful purposes.

President Jonathan who prayed at the revered sites, was part of several praise, word and prayer sessions with fellow Nigerians led by Pastor Oritsejafor (the leader of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria). He later visited the Holocaust Memorial in Jerusalem and laid a wreath in the Hall of Remembrance also lighting a flame in honor of the dead.

On the other side of the globe, Christian Nigerian-Americans are displeased and demand an apology over Sen. Ted Cruz’s improper joke referring to Nigerians as scammers even as many Nigerians call for firmer actions to rein in corrupt officials as scandals of public sector theft pervade local news headlines.

Nigeria sometimes reminds me of Jacob … a man too “clever by half” who initially lived by his wits only to find continual defeat until wrestled by God and left with a limp leading to a changed path of life.

Gen 32:23 And he took them, and sent them over the brook, and sent over that he had. 24 And Jacob was left alone; and there wrestled a man with him until the breaking of the day. 25 And when he saw that he prevailed not against him, he touched the hollow of his thigh; and the hollow of Jacob's thigh was out of joint, as he wrestled with him. 26 And he said, Let me go, for the day breaketh. And he said, I will not let thee go, except thou bless me.

Jacob was blessed as his name was changed to Israel …his reputation changed much later and eventually he completed a glorious destiny. The God of Israel is the God that transforms. A good first step must be to humble yourself and come as you are to Him with a readiness to repent seeking grace to witness a rebirth. Nigeria seeks the prayers of Christians all over the world for its rebirth for good as the country awaits its glorious moment in history.

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