Tinubu Cancels 72nd Birthday Celebrations in Honour of Slain Soldiers, Kidnapped Nigerians

President Bola Tinubu has announced that he will not be celebrating his 72nd birthday on the 29th of March.

The president also advised his friends, family and political associate not to do any media advertorials or any form of celebrations on his behalf noting that the situation in the country does not call for celebrations.

In a statement issued in Abuja on Sunday by his Special Adviser on Information & Strategy, Bayo Onanuga, the President specifically noted that he cancelled all birthday festivities in honour of the military personnel killed in Delta State and also in honour of Nigerians in captivity in the hands of terrorists.

The statement reads:

“President Bola Ahmed Tinubu will turn 72 on Friday March 29, 2024. The day will be another important milestone in his life as a leader and a statesman.

“During an auspicious occasion as this, it is customary for family members, friends and associates to celebrate him in different ways.

“As the leader of our country, President Tinubu in deference to this challenging times will not host any birthday event and does not want any of his associates and numerous well-wishers across the country to organise any celebratory event on his behalf or in his name.

“President Tinubu appreciates the honour of being the leader of Africa’s leading nation at this time and he is working very hard to make life better for the generality of our people.

“According to him, because of the present mood of the nation and recent killing of the officers and men of our Army and Police in Delta State and recent spate of security breaches by criminal elements in different parts of Nigeria, there should be no form of birthday event and placing of birthday goodwill advertorial messages in newspapers. Goodwill messages should not be placed on radio and television stations too.

“President Tinubu enjoins friends and associates who may wish to place goodwill advertorials to kindly donate the money to charity organisations of their choice in his name.

“Although the President appreciates the gallantry of our armed forces in freeing our children kidnapped in Kuriga, Kaduna State and in Sokoto State, he will use the opportunity of his birthday to reflect and re-dedicate himself to the task of building a more stable, more secure, virile, prosperous and united Nigeria.


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