Don’t waste money congratulating me, give to IDPs, Atiku tells associates


Following media enquiries about his 70th birthday celebrations, former vice president and chieftain of All Progressives Congress, Atiku Abubakar, counsels his family, friends and associates to deploy resources earlier earmarked for signed congratulatory adverts to internally displaced persons and other charitable causes.

In a statement issued by his media office in Abuja on Thursday, the former vice president said he wanted his friends and associates to celebrate him in the service of humanity instead of devoting money to adulatory and self-glorifying advert messages.

The Turakin Adamawa explained that God has been “wonderfully kind to him for sustaining his life and keeping him in good health to witness yet another birthday event.”

According to him, giving back to humanity has been his passion and his friends and associates can honour him better if they spend their resources on charitable causes to celebrate his special day.

“My special day, and indeed the season is one of reflection, of thanksgiving and prayers; of inestimable gratitude to God for attaining this milestone.”

He said touching lives of others is the best expression of gratitude to God for His boundless favours and blessings.

“I will forever cherish your prayers for more years in good health to enable me undertake whatever assignment God and humanity have set for me,” he said.


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  • sir Oscie

    A leader and politician with a difference…
    Happy 70th birthday to a true leader, rare gem, democrat and man of the people.
    Good health Turaki…
    hip! hip!! hip!!!! huuurrrayyy!!!!!

  • Arc_Deji_Alabi

    I hope he doesn’t contest for presidency ever again.

    • musa aliyu

      If he does nko? Does Nigeria solely belongs to u?

      • aisha ani

        The guy is the same age as Donald Trump.

        • musa aliyu

          Meaning, he can become Nigeria’s President.

      • Arc_Deji_Alabi

        Nigeria doesnt solely belong to me, but i have never contested before, but he has been vice president before for 8 good year. And since then he has been contesting every year and losing due to the corruption stain on him

    • realist

      The ploy is a campaign strategy for 2019.

      • Arc_Deji_Alabi

        I know, I just hope Nigerians are wiser now. I can go back to the corruption era. Its time to move higher and forward.