Ahead of his 70th birthday which comes up on November 25th, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, has appealed to his friends and associates to divert the money they planned to use to take up congratulatory advertorials for him, to IDP camps and other charitable causes.
In a statement issued by his media office in Abuja today, 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.
Atiku 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 that 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 favors 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.”