Some residents of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), say the current cash crunch affected their 2023 Valentine’s day celebration.
The residents in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Sunday, said the celebration unlike previous years, passed without the usual excitement that characterised it.
Some of the residents said they did not mark the day as they ought to because they were more preoccupied with the Naira policy by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).
Valentine’s day, which is marked every Feb. 14, is a day set aside to celebrate loved ones.
In Nigeria, people often take advantage of the opportunity to unwind with family and friends and exchange gifts.
A photographer at Area 10, who gave his name as Julius, said he had so much to deal with, particularly with the scarcity of Naira that he did not mark the day.
He said, “a friend called to know if we could sit out on that day but I turned down the invitation and this is because I was not in the right frame of mind for any celebration.
“In 2022, I closed early from work to bond with my family and friends but that did not happen this year.”
“I hope there will be less stress for me next year so I can celebrate the day.”
A public servant, who did not want her name mentioned, said she only stopped over at an eatry to pick a few things and proceeded home on that day.
She said her interaction with a few friends and family members showed that many people were not interested in marking this year’s Valentine’s day.
She said, “all I did on that day was to get a few things for myself from an eatry unlike previous years that I would go out with friends to have fun.
“I am sure many Nigerians did not have the usual fun associated with the day because of the scarcity of Naira.
“I hope next year’s celebration will be better.”
NAN reports that only five days after Valentine’s day, Nigerians seem to have quickly moved on.
This is unlike previous years where conversations about the day would linger.
NAN further reports that some unique characteristics of the day such as exchange of gifts, adornment in red colour and bonding among partners, friends and family members were rarely seen.
Equally, some of the social media platforms that were monitored had little or no conversation on how the day was marked. (NAN)