Senator Florence Ita-Giwa has told all those who attacked her over her elaborate 68th birthday celebration to shut up and get a life.
Recall that a few days ago, the former Senator who represented Bakassi Federal Constituency in Cross River State, had thrown a very huge party to celebrate her birthday with Nigerian celebrities, politicians, captains of industry and society big wigs in attendance but the backlash was equally large as people criticized her for spending so much money to indulge her fantasy while her people back home are suffering.
But Mama Bakassi, as she is fondly called, says her life is her life and she has every right to celebrate.
In a press release, Senator Ita-Giwa had this to say:
To say that I am upset about the cheap pot shots taken at me for celebrating my 68th birthday will be stating the obvious.
If the authors of the hack job that was posted on net which attracted many adverse comments had bothered to research my antecedents before going to town with the tainted piece, they may not have put the cynical slant that they did on a routine celebration.
First of all, let it be known that I have no apologies to make for celebrating my birthday in the manner it was done.
I, more than anybody else, have every cause to celebrate as elaborately as possible given the many blessings and triumphs that God, in his mercy, has bestowed on me.
I have had an amazing life journey, which has seen me through many deep valley experiences and exhilarating mountain top moments, so I have every reason to thank God and celebrate with my many friends, whose goodwill and prayers have enriched my life.
To attempt to portray me as an uncaring and frivolous member of the ruling class is to do a disservice to my political life’s work.
From the time I entered the political arena over twenty years ago, I had sworn to put the welfare of my people above mine, and even casual observers of politics can attest to this fact.
Ordinarily, I would have overlooked the story of my birthday posted on the internet as one of those things that prominent persons are bound to experience from time to time, but the negative comments the piece attracted leaves me with no option.
The other issue that appears to give my traducers sleepless nights is the fact that I don’t look my age. If they must know, in addition to God blessing me with good genes, I have made a habit of working out and eating right.
I am 68 years old and have no desire to turn back the hand of time. Indeed I am proud of the fact that I am aging gracefully.
You have heard her, so stay off her case.