History was made last week Wednesday in the just concluded 2017/18 Nigeria Football League season as the Deputy Governor of Edo state, Rt Hon. Comrade Philip Shaibu yielded his immunity for a crucial football match.

The Deputy Governor who adorned jersey number 40 played in the match between Bendel Insurance FC of Benin against the Spartans of Lagos.

Deputy Governor, Philip Shaibu

He had registered as a player of Bendel Insurance at the beginning of the just concluded league season.

The match played at the Agege Township Stadium otherwise known as the “Soccer Temple” ended in a 1-1 draw to close the season for both teams.
It was the first in the history of the round leather game in the country when a sitting governor/ Deputy would participate actively in a league match.

In an interview shortly after the match, Shaibu said his participation in the league has not diminished his status as a sitting deputy governor, adding that his participation was expected to be a morale booster to his fellow team play.

As to whether he was not afraid of attack that could lead to serious injuries, Shaibu said:”Why should I be afraid of attacks, I have been playing active competitive football right from my university days.”

I also played for my club in Abuja, so, it is nothing extra ordinary. To me, it is a normal thing despite my present office as Edo State Deputy Governor.”

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