Tinubu Bars Associates, Friends, Others From Celebrating His 72nd Birthday

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Mobolaji Michael 

AHEAD his 72nd birthday, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has barred family members, friends and associates from celebrating him by placing goodwill advertorial messages in newspapers. messages on radio and television stations and others. 

President Tinubu will turn 72 on Friday 29 March 2024.

However, Bayo Onanuga, Special Adviser to the President on Information and Strategy, in a statement, said the President’s decision stemmed from the mood of the nation. 

According to Mr Onanuga, due to the present mood of the nation and recent killing of the officers and men of our Army and Police in Delta State and the 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 either.

“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.”

The statement in full. 

STATE HOUSE PRESS STATEMENT 

PRESIDENT TINUBU’S 72nd BIRTHDAY ON MARCH 29, 2024

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 like 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. 

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 the 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 either.

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. 

Bayo Onanuga

Special Adviser to the President on Information & Strategy 

March 24, 2024

 

Eighteen-Eleven Media 

 

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