Obi keeps mum on ministerial appointment, prepares for lowkey birthday
Former Governor of Anambra State, Mr Peter Obi has kept mum over recent news reports where he was said to have failed in his bid to take Anambra ministerial slot.
Although speculations have been rife that he would replace Princess Stella Oduah as minister for Aviation, the Corp Marshal of the FRSC, Osita Chidoka was surprisingly appointed.
Obi, who spoke with reporters at the weekend in Anambra during the traditional marriage ceremony of the son of Chisco Motors, boss, Chief Chidi Anyaegbu rather said that he was preparing for his 53rd birthday, which would be in low key in respect for the security challenges facing the country.
The former Governor called on Nigerians not to place adverts for him in the media as he turns 53 on the 19th of July, 2014.
Accompanied to the ceremony by two of his former Commissioners, Prof. Stella Okunna and Engr. Patrick Obi as well as Chief Okey Ezibe, he argued that the condition of Nigeria called for sacrifice by all rather than engaging in what he called “Epicurean Indulgence”, whether under the pretence of celebrating birthdays or other unnecessary occasions.
“When I look around, I notice that Nigerians celebrate for wrong reasons. As the Governor of Anambra State, I celebrated excellence, but not birthdays and related events that do not add value to our lives.
“Today, when you look around, you see Nigerians going to India for medicals, but if you relate to the people, you will see that some Nigerians do not even have money to visit ordinary patent medicine dealers. We have a lot of poor ones around us and I tried as much as I can to touch such lives, whether as a Governor or not.
“As I am about to turn 53, may I appeal to Nigerians, most of whom have already informed me of their intention to place adverts for me, that I do not need that. I am happier if they utilise money for adverts to helping the poor among us and rebuilding schools in their communities”, Obi said.
On what he would do that day, he said it would be a day of reflection for him, and a day he would ask himself how much of what God has blessed him with, he has deployed to advance the cause of humanity.
He said, “All I need from Nigerians, including journalists that day is to pray for me, for God to grant us all, especially President Goodluck Jonathan the wisdom to lead His people aright”.
Although, Obi insisted that he is happy and fulfilled, a source observed that the federal government’s decision is a bad birthday gift for him.
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