It gives me great joy to join our Christian brethrens to commemorate this year’s Easter celebration. This is despite all the challenges we have to deal with as a nation. It is a privilege we cannot take for granted as many are not so lucky.
My prayers and sympathy are with those who lost loved ones in the several recurring tragic incidents in our nation, as we continue to trust God, while working honestly and sincerely, for a positive turnaround in the affairs of our nation Nigeria.
Easter, at its very essence, is the season when Christians remember and celebrate the death, burial, resurrection and eventual ascension of our Lord Jesus Christ. It represents the triumph of good over evil, life over death; the provision/offer of the gift of righteousness to all mankind premised on the finished works of redemption.
This season reminds us of the need to show love, compassion and forgiveness to one another in our daily lives.
I therefore enjoin all members of the Nutrition and Dietetics profession, to eschew all forms of conduct that can bring the profession to disrepute or public opprobrium in whatever circumstance we may find ourselves. I enjoin us to love our neighbours by displaying increased spirit of accommodation, kindness, patience, and tolerance, to bring lasting peace in our country.
As we commemorate the resurrection of Christ, we are once more filled with hope for our dear profession of Nutrition and Dietetics. The recent passage of the bill regulating the practice of dietetics, by the Senate, is a formidable attainment for the profession. The professionalism of the profession will be guaranteed upon the assent of the bill by Mr. President. In this way, the diabolical activities of the shylocks and the secessionists, who profits from the projection of their selfish aggrandisement, will be put into total check. By God’s grace, the dietetics profession will surely rise again and be restored on the path of progress and development.
The recent declaration of increase in life expectancy from 46 to 73 years by the World Health Organization ( WHO) is cheering. It is more soothing to note that proper and adequate nutrition remains the underline factors that contributed to the appreciable increase in life expectancy. While congratulating you all in this regard, as officers in charge of Nutrition and Dietetics, I charge you to keep up the tempo by increasing your advocacy activities and by continually preaching the gospel of adequate nutritional habits to all and sundry.
May this Easter bring us renewed hope, peace, faith, love and sound health. May the spirit of God dwell richly in our hearts, transforming our minds as we pursue the recovery, reformation, and repositioning of our dear profession. It’s time to get it right!!
Have a pleasant Easter celebration.
God bless Institute for Dietetics in Nigeria (IDN)!
God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria!
Tajudeen Olutope Ahmed, Esq., FIDN.