Atiku cancels birthday celebration in honour of Kano bomb blast victims

Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar

Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, and a presidential aspirant of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Sunday called off a celebration organized to commemorate his birthday.

Atiku clocked 68 last Tuesday and his friends and associates organized a birthday celebration in his honour at the THISDAY dome in Abuja on Saturday.

However, Atiku told his associates that he was in no mood for any celebration with the triple blast at the Central Mosque in Kano, which killed over a hundred persons and injured over two hundred others.

“Because invitations have already been sent and guests have travelled from far and near, it was not possible to issue an outright cancellation,” said Paul Ibe, an official in the former vice president’s media office.

Mr. Ibe also said Atiku was actually a guest at the event, because it was organized by his friends and associate who invited him like any other guest.

“ His Excellency Atiku Abubakar arrived at about 8pm. He came into Abuja from Akure and he told the guests that he hardly ever celebrate his birthdays because they are always days of reflection for him.

“He however said he agreed to the celebration this year because his wife was called to the bar,

“However, as soon as he arrived and after the national anthem, he called for a minute of silence and also called on a Muslim cleric to offer prayers, followed by the Christian prayer by former Ekiti state governor, Segun Oni, for the repose of the victims of yesterday’s attack in Kano as well as similar attacks in Kontagora, Potiskum Mubi and Maiduguri in recent times,” Mr. Ibe said.

Mr. Ibe also quoted Atiku as telling the guests that “these are not the times for celebrations”.

He said Atiku called on all the guests to be steadfast in prayers for the return of total peace to Nigeria.

He added that the APC presidential aspirant then left the venue immediately after the prayers and his short remarks.

Mr. Ibe said the celebration was planned to be “full blown” before Atiku called it off.

Some of the guests at the venue of the celebration included the National Chairman of the APC, John Oyegun, Speaker Aminu Tambuwal, Senate Minority Leader, George Akume, and business mogul, Kekere Ekun.


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  • Kelechi Agu

    Hmm…I don’t really like Atiku. But this is leadership. I remember when he criticized the government for celebrating the centenary after the Yobe murders. It would have been such hypocrisy if he attended that party. I’m with Atiku on this one. He has shown leaders need empathy.

    • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

      Commendable indeed.

      But having stated this, we need to also give credit to the Kano branch of PDP for similarly shelving their primaries after the blast.

  • Ashibogu

    Just back home from the venue. The report is the truth and nothing but the truth. It was a solemn occasion.

  • Otile

    I am sure if the bomb blast happened at Ijebu he would not cancel the dinner.

    • King Carlos

      Ode ni bobo yi sha. U go get sense 1 day.

      • Otile

        Iro ni. Eran ati odale, o ti ku patapata.

        • King Carlos

          Thats one of the cons of the internet. Empty brains like you cant be filtered off.

          • Otile

            What else is expect of people of your ilk? …imbecile, empty brain, clown, dumbo, ode…bla bla bla, nothing meaningful to say. You are pathetic.

  • Abiye Briggs

    I was privileged to have been at what was supposed to have been a swank party. Boy was I excited when the man of the moment walked in, exchanged pleasantries and took his seat among family, friends and associates. However, my excitement gave way to disappoint when the Turaki mounted the podium, the national anthem was sang by all those present including him, he asked for a minute silence for the repose of the souls of all those slaughtered in Kano, Kontagora, Maiduguri, Mubi and in all other insurgent attacks in the country. He then proceeded to say that the ominous times we are in calls for prayers and solidarity from every citizen; and then asked for Christian and Muslim prayers. And less than one hour after he walked in, the man suspended the celebratory aspects of his 68th birthday and went home but not before charging all those present and those who were not in the hall to also go home and offer supplications to God for the unity and stability of Nigeria. Not the party I was hoping to have but it clearly showed the compassionate side of the man beyond what we may have been inundated with in the media. Sadly, I did not have my one dream of the night: a selfie with him. I do hope my friends will forgive me after I had boasted that the picture of me and Atiku will adorn my Instagram, twitter and Facebook accounts. Well like he assured, there will be many more years of celebration, God willing. Guess I will toast to that!

    • Otile

      Maaan, you missed nothing. Go home and kiss your girlfriend passionately.

      • King Carlos

        You never say anything sensible. You think online forum is PG 13? This is strictly for mature audience. Briggs is talking something serious and you are here talking rubbish.

        • Otile

          For you any frivolous talk is sensible. When something really comes up you will definitely commit suicide.

  • Otile

    If Imam Sanusi was still at the Central Bank by now he would have stolen up to N500m of our oil money to give away to mutane birnin Kano saying that they suffered bomb attacks from Boko Haram.

    • larry

      LOL otile ,you always on point .

      • Otile

        God bless you.

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  • Ifeanyianadu

    What a hypocrite Atiku is. The announcement was unnecessary because behind closed doors he would still do what he needs to do. This is a man who barely a year ago had his son’s wedding and flew in all his buddies into Dubai at a time that Boko haram was at its worst destroying lives up there in the north.

    • George

      Who want to see ATIKU BIRTH DAY what we want to see of him is his burial vulture he is.

  • Proudly Niger Deltan

    Cancel your fruitless Presidential bid….and then, then only, will we believe you are truly remorseful. You see, somehow you contributed to this disaster…With a salary of less than N150,000 per month at the Zenith of your career @ Customs, how did you become a billionaire at retirement? Which companies did you have? Show us the annual Statements of accounts of the companies and your sources of income that transformed you to a billionaire overnight? So you see, all those monies that dissipated into the air at Customs should have been sufficient to build an industry that would have employed the idiots who bombed the moske.

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  • Mr. Abdin

    Atiku Abubakar has done the right thing for cancelling his birthday party, this has shown his level of maturity and the concern he has for the people who are facing tough time because of the Boko Haram attacks that has claimed so many lives. God save Nigeria.

  • Baba Jada

    Atiku has shown that he places the interest of Nigerians above his own. Rude and insensitive politicians clearly don’t understand this, and would only show respect based on ethnicity.

  • sir Oscie

    Well done Turakin Nigeria.
    This can only come from a Statesman like you no wonder you are the people’s choice for 2015.
    I believe CHANGE will come with you in Aso Rock and May the souls cut short by the wicked act of the insurgents Rest in God’s peace.

    • emmanuel

      Stateman? How did Atiku leave the Customs?

      Did you refer to the same Atiku/Fasawe/PTDF thievery or another Atiku? Na Nuhu Ribadu tell us o.

      Na who we go ask?

      • sir Oscie

        Tell us nah!!! Since you were there then…


    I’m afraid, the situation is more sinister than the cavalierly qualified, and measured responses here. There are genocides going on, there’s a clear elitist attitude, not to talk of tribalism, nepotism (which you touched on with CBN hires), and so. There’s direction, it’s just the wrong way. The administration is out to Islamicize Nigeria, by joining a Saudi led Islamic organization, and so on.

  • Martins

    Great article. I just feel APC has played a fast one on Nigerians by getting elected and denying all their campaign promises.

  • MD


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