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“He momentarily succumbed to fatigue” – Edo State on Governor Obaseki Sleeping at UN General Assembly



"He momentarily succumbed to fatigue" - Edo State releases statement on Governor Obaseki sleeping during UN general Assembly | BellaNaija

Photos of the Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki had circulated Wednesday morning, showing him asleep during the UN General Assembly.

Obaseki had been sleeping while President Muhammadu Buhari was delivering his address.

Premium Times reports that the Edo State Government has released a statement, signed by the Special Adviser to the Governor on Media and Communication Strategy, Crusoe Osagie, describing the photos as a smear campaign.

“We have never portrayed him as a machine,” Osagie said.

Our attention has been drawn to a mischievous campaign designed to smear the image of the Edo State Governor, Mr. Governor Obaseki.

The disparagers have populated the internet with photographs of the governor when he momentarily succumbed to fatigue after a long flight, preceded by a chaotic itinerary in Edo State before heading to New York for the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly, in the United States of America.

The idle hands and mischievous minds behind the smear campaign against governor Obaseki are clearly not people to be taken seriously.

Photo Credit: Emmanuel Ikodor, Today New Africa


  1. Tamuno

    September 26, 2018 at 3:08 pm

    My question now is, what’s the essence of spending tax payers money to New York for United Nations general Assembly meeting? Only for him to end up sleeping all through the gathering with lil or no input to the meeting

    • Dayo

      September 27, 2018 at 10:47 pm

      @Tamuno, I have less issues with taking the Edo Gov to the UN general assembly because the issue of human trafficking to be discussed at the assembly overwhelming involves Edo State, than I did with taking Asiwaju Tinubu (who is not even a public official) to the ECOWAS summit.

  2. Akpeno

    September 26, 2018 at 4:56 pm

    LMAO! ” momentarily succumbed to fatigue”

    Really? So no coffee or even bitter cola to keep him awake for the duration of the meetings? This is what happens when we elect old, unhealthy, unfit leaders who are incapable of managing themselves.


  3. gboyega lawson

    September 26, 2018 at 4:58 pm

    abeggi …e no easy for the man. da A/C chilling in this UN assembly hall, na him make my guy sleep…i can come an killmaself mbok….lol

  4. Uberhaute Looks

    September 26, 2018 at 10:01 pm

    The guy don gbensh truout the night ???

  5. 9ja

    September 27, 2018 at 7:26 am

    Abegi, our Lifeless President will put many a persons to sleep…LOL!

  6. whetever

    September 27, 2018 at 4:31 pm

    Dancing senator now sleeping governor lol

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