Hardship, insecurity: Tinubu cancels 72nd birthday celebration

PRESIDENT Bola Tinubu has announced the cancellation of his 72nd birthday celebration, scheduled for Friday, March 29, due to the rising hardship and insecurity in the country.

This was disclosed in a statement by a media aide to the President, Bayo Onanuga, on Sunday, March 24.

‘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.

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    “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 these 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.’ part of the statement read.

    The statement noted that the recent killings of the officers in the Army and Police in Delta State and the recent spate of insecurity in different parts of the country did not call for any form of celebrations or placing of birthday goodwill messages in the media.

    It further stated that friends and associates who might wish to place goodwill advertorials for the President should rather donate the money to charity organisations of their choice in the President’s name.

    While appreciating the efforts of the Armed Forces in freeing the children kidnapped in Kuriga, Kaduna and Sokoto States, the statement stated that Tinubu would use the opportunity of his birthday to reflect and re-dedicate himself to the task of building a more stable and secure country.

     

     

    Fatimah Quadri is a Journalist and a Fact-checker at The ICIR. She has written news articles, fact-checks, explainers, and media literacy in an effort to combat information disinformation.
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