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Election: Abuja residents to celebrate Valentine Day in low key.

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Most residents of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) say they will spend the 2015 Valentine’s Day celebration without the usual outdoor events due to the election holding on that day.

Saint Valentine’s Day, also known as Lover’s Day, is celebrated on Feb. 14 in many countries of the world with the exchange gift items such as cards, candy and flowers, among others, with their special “Valentine”.

Besides gifts, many celebrants use the occasion to wine and dine at various eateries and hotels. Unless the Presidential Election is shifted, the 2015 Valentine’s Day is likely to be devoid of the usual outdoor razzmatazz that accompanies the day.

Mrs obiageri Nwigwe, a teacher, told the pressmen in an interview that the day remained special for her and her husband in their five years of marriage. “In the five years of my marriage, my husband and I have always made Valentine’s Day a memorable day. “But unfortunately, this year is going to be different due to the Presidential Election that has been slated for that day. I’m not happy about it,’’ she said.

Mr Remilekun Balogun told newsmen that since the Presidential election had been fixed for Feb. 14, “everyday can be a day for anyone to be appreciated and not necessarily on Valentine’s Day. “I show appreciation to my wife and loved ones on a daily basis,” Balogun said.

Mrs Rita Nzeli, a businesswoman, said the day would provide an opportunity for her to spend quality time with her family and promised her husband a delicious meal. Nzeli said with the current security tension in the country she could not take her family out to celebrate.

“I know I will still get my usual gift from my dear husband and his is ready; the only thing I will miss is the roasted fish and red wine that always accompany it,’’ she said. Mr Emeka Peters, a civil servant, said he would celebrate the day with his wife in arrears. “My wife and I have decided to celebrate on Feb. 21, because it is better after the date. “But if the election is postponed, we will then celebrate it as usual,’’ he said.

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