The national chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Ozonkpu (Dr.) Ozonkpu Victor Ike Oye, says he shunned his birthday celebration as a mark of respect for his departed daughter, Mrs. Chinenye Barbara Amaechi (Nee Oye) who died recently at the age 27 after a brief illness.
According to the APGA national chairman, ‘I cannot be celebrating my 63rd birthday while my late daughter is out there lying in cold. It doesn’t make sense to me. I’m in a period of mourning. I cannot be seen celebrating or rejoicing. It is culturally wrong for me to embark on such celebration.
‘I have received countless calls and goodwill messages from my political associates, friends and well-wishers wishing me happy birthday. Some of them wrote beautiful piece. I have also read beautiful write-ups about my person on the Social media since early this morning. I have only one word for them, Thank you. I appreciate you all.
‘All I’m asking as a birthday gift is prayers. Prayer for the quick repose of my daughter’s soul. No gift will be more than that prayer. I want everybody to spare a thought for my deceased daughter. Pray for her,’ Ozonkpu pleaded.
Meanwhile, APGA New Media Group, has called on well meaning Nigerians to continue to remember the National Chairman of APGA, his wife, his family members and his in-laws in their prayers, especially at this period of grief.
The group said that celebrating APGA national chairman at 63 would had been a joyous and worthy celebration save for the burden of grief owing to the death of his last daughter.
‘The blood of Jesus will continue to whisper peace within, our dear Ozonkpu. Weeping may endure for a night but joy comes in the morning. Happy birthday the people’s chairman,’ the stated.