The Deputy Governor of Bayelsa State, Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, has stated that the major reason he had always refused celebrating his birthday flamboyantly was because of the pathetic situation of the country.
Senator Ewhrudjakpo stated this in Yenagoa when he played host to some students and political groups who visited him to present birthday souvenirs to him.
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According to him, it would be an emotional burden on him to celebrate in a country where millions of its people are in abject poverty.
He disclosed that he had deliberately avoided any form of fanfare on his birthday because of his conviction that “Nigeria, as it is today, is in a state of mourning”.
He said: “Actually I feel that there is nothing to celebrate about. As far as I am concerned, Nigeria is not in a state where people should make any serious celebration in whatever guise.
“I believe that Nigeria today is in a state of mourning, and in a state of failure, because there is nothing in Nigeria that points to celebration.
“It is only a happy man that celebrates. I have this conviction that it is an irresponsible father that will be celebrating when his children are in hunger and his family is not united.”