Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar on Saturday evening cancelled the celebration dinner in commemoration of his 68th birthday in Abuja in honour of victims of Friday’s bomb blast the Central Mosque, Kano.
Abubakar, who is a presidential aspirant on the platform of All Progressive Congress (APC), stated that he could not in “good conscience”, go ahead with the birthday celebration, which was already slated for the Thisday Dome in the Central Business District of Abuja when the general mood of the nation was that of mourning.
According to him: “There will be many more years to celebrate birthdays, but tonight is a very sad and sober one for Nigeria. It’s best we just pray at home.
“I would appeal to all who are able, to send donations in cash and kind to the victims of the bomb blast and Internally Displaced Persons in the North East”, the former vice president pleaded.
It was learnt that after Christian and Muslim prayers were said for the victims of the bomb blast and terror attacks Mr. Abubakar left the venue.