Fun seekers on Monday in Ibadan trooped out in large numbers to celebrate this year’s Boxing Day at some fun centres across Ibadan metropolis.
A check by a correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) around the city, showed a high influx of children and adults catching fun in places like Agodi Gardens and Shoprite at both Ring Road and Dugbe.
The children were seen taking turns on the rides as well as having their faces painted with funny caricatures by some artists on ground.
One of the fun seekers, Mrs Abolanle Lawal, told NAN that Christmas was all about having fun and receiving gifts.
“So many things are going on around the world, but it is incumbent on us as parents to ensure that we make our children happy at all times.
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“As Christmas fell on Sunday we couldn’t do much than attend church service and retun home to cook and enjoy ourselves within the house. We decided as a family today to come out and have fun,” she said.
Also, an 11-year-old Funke Omotosho said she had been taught that Jesus Christ died for the salvation of the world, hence the celebration of Christmas every year.
For Mrs Dayo Alonge, she came from Port Harcourt to celebrate the festive season with her family in Ibadan.
She described Christmas as a period to celebrate with family, friends and loved ones.
Mr Bamidele Oyetunji said his children were usually excited when they were taken out to have fun, adding that their happiness was his priority.
From Lagos State, thousands of fun seekers from different parts of the country on Monday thronged Suntan Beach in Badagry to celebrate Christmas and the yuletide holidays with their families.
Some fun seekers told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in an interview that despite the economic hardship and scarcity of petrol, they managed to get to the beach to have fun with their families.
NAN reports that some of the fun seekers, who came from Lagos, Ogun and Republic of Benin, to celebrate at the beach had gathered as early as 10:25a.m.
Mr Julius Ademuyiwa, a resident of Sango-Ota in Ogun State, said that his family usually spent this holiday at the beach.
“We are all affected by the economic hardship in the country but as the head of the family, I decided to bring them here to celebrate this year’s Christmas.
“It is all fun here, the atmosphere is conducive and my children and wife are enjoying themselves.’’
Mr Setonji Avoseh, a resident of Badagry, said he came with his family to the beach to celebrate his wife’s birthday.