The Vice President of Nigeria, Kashim Shettima has urged his friends and allies to desist from paying for adverts to convey their birthday wishes for him.
This was contained in a press statement signed by the Vice President on Thursday, through the office of the director of information, Olusola Abiola. The Vice President stated that the decision was in line with the nation’s commitment to responsible resource management and responsive governance. He urged that the resources be donated to charity instead, for a nobler cause.
The full statement reads:
“Dear friends and well-wishers,
“Greetings to you all.
“As we approach the anniversary of my birth on September 2nd, I am utterly grateful for the warm wishes and kind sentiments that many of you have expressed over the years. Your thoughtfulness has touched my heart and has been a source of immense joy.
“At the same time, I would like to take this opportunity to humbly request that you consider celebrating this occasion in a different way. In the spirit of our nation’s commitment to responsible resource management and responsive governance, I kindly ask you to refrain from placing birthday wishes on newspaper pages or utilizing paid channels to convey your greetings.
“I invite you to join me in channeling our collective efforts towards a nobler cause. Instead of spending resources on such messages, I encourage you to contribute to the betterment of our society by donating to charity organizations in need, or your preference, in our collective pursuit of a humane and functional world.
“Thank you for your understanding and for being my all-weather friends and allies.
Senator Kashim Shettima, GCON,
Vice President, Federal Republic of Nigeria.”
The Vice President born on September 2nd, 1966, will turn 57 tomorrow. It will be his first birthday as the Vice President of the country.