The third and final batch of Benue Christian Pilgrims performing the 2018 pilgrimage to Israel yesterday arrived Ben Gurion Airport near Tel Aviv at 8.30 am Nigerian time.
Ninety one persons including officials were slated for the journey but the exact number who made the trip could not be ascertained.
Twenty five of the intending pilgrims had visa and entry challenges.
Efforts being made to resolve the matter led to hours of delay at the airport before it was resolved that the majority who had been given entry permits be allowed to get to their hotel in Bethlehem.
The Executive Secretary of the State Christian Pilgrims Board, Mrs. Dorcas Otalu, was among the officials from the state and the National Christian Pilgrims Commission who were tackling the challenges.
The contingent includes members of the State Assembly, former Chief Judge, Justice Iorhemen Hwande, Vice Chancellor of the Benue State University, Professor Msugh Kembe, Special Adviser on Media and ICT, Mr Tahav Agerzua, and his immediate past colleague on Religious Affairs and Civil Societies, Reverend Joseph Ogezi.
Many of the pilgrims who spoke stated that they would pray for Governor Samuel Ortom’s administration, God’s intervention in the security, economic and political challenges confronting the state as well as their personal issues during the pilgrimage.
The journey is expected to last for one week.