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As Christians all over the world celebrate Easter Sunday
to commemorate the death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ, the United Progressive Party (UPP) and the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) have enjoined Nigerian Christians to use the solemn occasion to rededicate their lives to God and pray for the peace, unity and progress of the nation.
In a message of felicitation with the Christian faithful, the UPP however lamented that the state of the nation was bad as insecurity in most parts of the country has paralyzed economic activities and developmental projects that would have delivered democracy dividends to the masses.
In the message, signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Chief Ogbuehi Dike, the party called on the Federal Government to sit up and tackle the security challenges head-on, pointing out that Section 14(2) b of the 1999 constitution (as amended) states that security and welfare of the
people is the primary purpose of government. It is mandatory for government to effectively protect lives and property of the citizenry to avoid unnecessary bloodshed.
Describing the Judiciary as the last hope of the common man, UPP urged the courts to be serious in handling various cases so as to restore the confidence of aggrieved people in the judicial process.
“There must be an end to litigation as justice delayed is justice denied. Nigerians expect speedy trial of all corruption and terrorism cases. The convictions of Henry Okah, the mastermind of Independence Day bombing in Abuja, in South Africa and ex-governor James Ibori of money laundry in London, are classical examples of excellent judicial processes,” said the UPP.
It further urged the Federal Government to repair major roads across the countries, which have become death traps particularly South East roads that have been neglected for decades. The populace expects dividends of democracy not carnage on their roads.
On its part, APGA, through its Interim National Chairman, Maxi Okwu, called on all Christians to draw the appropriate lessons from the event; which are sacrifice, self denial and love for others.
“We call on God Almighty to bless our country Nigeria, and salvage it from all the
challenges and travails,” the party said.
“We preach a new beginning of peace, unity progress and love among all citizens. The period is also most auspicious for our great party APGA,” said Okwu.
He declared that on the 8th of April at the scheduled national convention of APGA at Awka , Anambra state,”our party would as it were ‘resurrect’ from the ashes of the old order to the new with the election of a new leadership.”