As Jesus Christ resurrected from death three days after his crucifixion, a significant event in Christendom, let the great values inherent in us be resurrected for the good of our societies and the nation at large, says Princess Gloria Akobundu fsi, National Coordinator/Chief Executive Officer, African Union Development Agency-New Partnership for Africa’s Development/ African Peer Review Mechanism (AUDA-NEPAD/APRM) Nigeria.
Akobundu made the call in her Easter message, to mark the resurrection of Jesus Christ after death, an event that signifies his victory over death.
This is contained in a statement signed on Sunday, 14th April by Abolade Ogundimu, Media Assistant to Akobundu.
According to the Agency’s Boss, many nations around the world, including Nigeria are confronted with one challenge or the other,it takes collective efforts of government and the citizens to overcome them.
“Jesus Christ died for our sins and rose from the dead to redeem those who believe in him from sins and eternal doom.
” Individuals with wrong moral values cut corners, go into kidnapping, banditry or harbour perpetrators of devilish acts which Christ sacrificed his life for.
“Easter period is a perfect time to reflect on things that we need to let go of in our actions and the good deeds that we need to Resurrect individually and collectively.
“With renewed commitment to hard work, truthfulness, patriotism and love for one another by individuals and groups in the society, no challenge, including COVID-19 pandemic and insecurity will be insurmountable for us as a nation.
“Let us key into government programmes and activities aimed at providing a better nation that will contribute to greater Continent and the world at large.
“Various programmes of Ministries, Departments and Agencies are conceived to align with President Muhammadu Buhari-led government’s Agenda on providing good governance, boost the economy and develop the nation.
“That is the only way for peace and development to be deepened in the Country,leading to actualisation of AU Agenda-2063 ‘Africa We Want’ and United Nations Sustainable Development Goa6 (SDG)2030, ” she said.
Akobundu felicitated with Christian faithful and urged them to celebrate peacefully and in moderation.
It will be recalled that Akobundu-led AUDA-NEPAD Nigeria introduced ‘AUDA-NEPAD Initiative to Strengthen Smallholder Farmers Capability for Land Restoration amid COVID-19 pandemic ‘ and the Agency also Coordinated the Successful Second Peer Review of the Country which was approved by the APRM Heads of State and Government Orientation Committee at the 35th AU Summit in February 2022.
The Smallholder Initiative is in support of President Muhammadu Buhari’s commitment to food security and wealth creation at the grassroots through skill acquisition for farmers and other low income stakeholders in the agricultural value chain.
APRM is a voluntary self-assessment process for African nations to reflect on where they were, where they have reached and plan for where they aspire to be in the four thematic areas of: Socio-economic development; Economic Governance and Management; Democracy and Political Governance and; Corporate Governance.
These programmes are in line with Nigeria’s strategic efforts towards meeting up the deadline for AU Agenda-2063 and SDG 2030 respectively.