Peter Obi, the Labour Party candidate in the February 25th presidential elections, has announced that he will not be celebrating his 62nd birthday on Wednesday, July 19, 2023, due to the current state of Nigeria. In a series of tweets on his verified Twitter account, he urged his family, friends, and members of the Obidient movement to donate any gifts they had planned for him to hospitals, orphanages, homes for the aged, and people with disabilities.
Obi expressed his intention to raise funds for schools and hospitals on his birthday, emphasizing the importance of Nigerian leaders setting an example and making sacrifices for the betterment of the country.
While expressing gratitude for God’s mercies, Obi stated that he has made the decision not to celebrate his birthdays in today’s Nigeria for over 20 years, given the deplorable state of the nation. He urged those who wished to celebrate him with gifts to redirect their generosity to those in need, particularly during these challenging times.
He also encouraged individuals to visit various Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps across the country to offer support.
Obi emphasized that his focus is on sharing his time and resources with the less fortunate and raising funds for essential institutions such as schools and hospitals. He emphasized that the sacrifices for a better Nigeria must begin with leaders and those in privileged positions. He expressed concern over the high levels of insecurity, violence, and bloodshed in the country and emphasized the need for a Nigeria that works for everyone and one that all Nigerians can be proud of.
According to Obi, celebrating a Nigeria that is prosperous and beneficial to all its citizens is more important than his personal birthday celebration.