In light of the terrible state of the country, Peter Obi, the Labour Party’s (LP) candidate for president in 2023, has reiterated his intention to forgo celebrating his birthday.
He also declared that he intended to stick to his decision to not celebrate his birthday for the past 20 years.
Peter Obi announced on his Twitter profile on Monday that he would turn 62 on Wednesday, July 19, 2023.
He urged his supporters, who included those in the Obedient Family and the Labour Party, to celebrate despite his requests that they instead focus on aiding those in need.
Obi advised his well-wishers to donate to hospitals, orphanages, homes for the elderly and disabled instead of giving him gifts.
While acknowledging the multitude of challenges faced by Nigeria, Obi expressed his unwavering belief that a functional and prosperous country is still attainable.
The former Anambra State governor urged citizens to maintain hope and not give up on their aspirations for a better Nigeria.
He wrote, ”Wednesday, 19th July 2023, marks my 62nd birthday. While I remain immensely grateful to God for His infinite mercies, I still maintain my decision of over 20 years that I will not celebrate my birthdays in today’s Nigeria, with the current deplorable state of the nation.
”However, some friends, members of the Labour Party, and the OBIdient Family and supporters have asked how they can join me in celebrating that day and even present some gifts.
”Let me humbly and respectfully appeal to all those who desire to celebrate me with any kind of gifts to look around them and extend such gifts to the people in need, especially in these difficult times.
”I urge them to visit hospitals, orphanages, and homes for the aged and people with disabilities and offer them generous gifts. They can also visit schools of basic studies in remote areas and support them with the basic amenities they need.”