Christmas: When Obaseki Became Santa Claus for IDP’s

By Olajide Toriola

Gov. Obaseki presenting gifts to the children

It was amazing and suprising seeing the Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki  who hosted the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) at the International Christian Centre to a Christmas party in the role of ‘Father Christmas’ on Saturday.

The event also afforded the children the opportunity to engage in various fun-sports activities such as bouncing castle, merry-go-round, coconut ride, electric train, mountain climber, giant water slide, swimming pool, giant shark attack, aeroplane rocking ride, dolly coin machine, princess castle, superman castle, children boogie bike, octopus, inflatable football among others.

It was also not in short supply of assorted food and drinks with gifts for everyone by the Office of the Governor’s Wife, Mrs. Betsy Obaseki.

Gov. Obaseki carrying a baby girl

Every aspect of the event was so unique in this part of the world, if not the first in history.

However, a new dimension was introduced – the pleasant surprise – Governor Obaseki and his Deputy, Rt. Hon. Comrade Philip Shaibu emerged from the ‘blues’ posing as ‘Executive Santa Claus’.

Also on hand to support Mrs. Betsy Obaseki was the Deputy Governor’s Wife, Mrs. Maryann Shaibu.





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