Philip Shaibu, the Edo State deputy governor, will be 49 years on Saturday, December 1, 2018, and he is planning a low-key celebration to mark it.
A statement from his Chief Press Secretary, Comrade Ebomhiana Musa, says this year celebration if any, would be low key given the mood in the state.
Musa said: “You know that we just lost one of our elder statesmen, Chief Anthony Anenih, his rites of passage, which started in Abuja last Thursday end today, Saturday, with the interment in Uromi.
“This is a state burial, so, His Excellency, the deputy governor, is sensitive to all these and has directed that no celebration in line with the mood of the state.
If at all he is going to mark it, it’s going to be low key but with prayers and supplications to God for him and the state.
Shaibu was born in Kaduna, Kaduna State, into the family of Pastor and Mrs. Francis Shaibu of Jattu, Uzairue of Etsako West Local Government Area of Edo State.
A grassroots politician, a team player and a sports enthusiast, Shaibu made football history in the just concluded national league when he registered and played with his darling club, Bendel Insurance FC against the Spartans FC of Lagos.
By this single act, he remains the first sitting deputy governor in Nigeria to yield his security details and played a league match without minding his personal safety. Shaibu was member, Edo State House of Assembly, House of Representatives and now the deputy governor of Edo State.