“Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar has cancelled a scheduled event organized to celebrate his 68 birthday in solidarity with the victims of the November 28 explosions which occurred at the Central Mosque in Kano State.
Atiku turned 68 on November 25 but said that he could not celebrate in good conscience while the nation was in mourning.
According to a post on his Facebook page, the former VP said:
“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.”
Prayers were reportedly offered for the victims of the attack at the venue of the event after which Atiku took his leave.
The Kano explosion, which occurred while Muslim faithful were gathering at the mosque for Jumaat prayers, is believed to have claimed over 100 lives.”