2023: Mikel Obi, Declares Support For Governor Yahaya Bello

The former Super Eagles captain, Mikel John Obi, says he supports Yahaya Bello, the governor of Kogi state, in any “future political post.

Mikel made the promise during a visit to the governor in Abuja on Sunday, 13th of June, 2021. 

Bello has made it clear that he wants to run for president in the 2023 general election. 

In May, the governor stated that “all Nigerians” were pleading with him to run for president. 

Mikel commended Bello during the visit for “all the nice things he had heard and had read about him.” 

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He described the governor as the “one to lead the youths” and tasked him with assisting the younger generation in propelling Nigeria forward. 

“It is a privilege for me to finally meet His Excellency personally after all the nice things I have heard and read about him from not only Kogi State residents but Nigerians,” the former Chelsea midfielder added. 

“My main goal in coming here is to express my gratitude and thank him for all that he has done for the people, as well as to support him in whatever future political positions he wishes to pursue.” 

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Mikel retired from the Super Eagles in 2019 after playing for 15 years and making 89 appearances for Nigeria.  

The former Super Eagle captain played in two World Cups and was instrumental in Nigeria’s victory in the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.  

The former Chelsea player recently signed a one-year contract with Stoke City. 

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