Nigeria postpones event to mourn victims

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The celebration of the World Environment Day slated for Tuesday, June 5, has been postponed until further notice by the Federal Ministry of Environment due to the national tragedy that occurred on Sunday, Chief Press Secretary of the ministry, Mr Lawrence Ojabo, has announced

The event was scheduled to hold at the National Press Centre in Abuja.

According to Ojabo, “we cannot be mourning and at the same time celebrating, so the ministry will fix a day after the period of mourning”.

Some of the guests, who arrived at the venue for the event were told that it could no longer hold.

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One of the guests, Mr John Musa, a civil servant, said the tragedy occurred on Sunday, but the decision to cancel the event was not taken until some of them had spent their money and time to come to Radio House.

Mr Ahmed Muktar, an environmentalist, said he was highly disappointed because WED was an event that holds annually, adding that the postponement was uncalled for.

Muktar, who came all the way from Kano State said that the decision should have been earlier than now, advising the ministry to be proactive in its decisions.