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Mikel Obi for president? Nigerian Twitter thinks so


Nigeria’s midfielder John Obi Mikel controls the ball during the Russia 2018 World Cup Group D football match between Nigeria and Argentina at the Saint Petersburg Stadium in Saint Petersburg on June 26, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / OLGA MALTSEVA /

If Nigeria’s Super Eagles captain John Mikel Obi decided to run for a political office today, chances are that he will win by a landslide.

His huge popularity and millions aside, the former Chelsea midfielder has shown time and again that he bleeds gren and white, bailing out the country from embarrasing situations on and off the pitch.

After the painful defeat to Argentina that saw the team kicked out of the World Cup, clips of the skipper trying to fight back tears quick went viral.


The initial conclusion was that he was trying to come to terms with the loss. But unknown to millions of fans watching that day, Mikel had another issue bothering him: hours before the match started, he was told he his father had been kidnapped and there was a sword of death dangling above him.

But he still led his team against Argentines and gave his all. It was his latest act of bravery and undiluted patriotism that Nigerians are appreciating. And they believe there is a possibility he will display such if he becomes a politician.

And Twitter polls show that the Eagles can possibly unseat President Muhammadu Buhari. There is a band of people who think he is even more patriotic than the president.

Even a former aide to erstwhile President Goodluck Jonathan, Reno Omokri supports the motion

Will Mikel Obi run then?

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