Nigerians are hailing Super Eagles captain, John Obi Mikel for his patriotism after he played against Argentina knowing his father was being held for ransom. Mikel said he didn’t tell the Coach or anyone at the Nigerian Football Federation, so they don’t get distracted. Pa Michael Obi was rescued on July 2, nearly a week after he was kidnapped.
Many of them took to social media to praise Mikel, calling him a true hero. See reactions below;
So Mikel Obi was called four hours before the Nigerian game against Argentina about his father’s abduction by kidnappers. Still played his heart out in that game, even with a wrist injury.
I’ve got so much respect for this man. He’s the definition of a leader 👑 pic.twitter.com/znV0S2dsKZ
— Iseunife The First (@Shawnife_) July 3, 2018
A true leader. It’s what captains do. Your crew first, no matter what. More power to your elbow John Mikel Obi. ❤ pic.twitter.com/SkMg7yoP2r
— Bolarinwa Olajide (@iambolar) July 3, 2018
Mikel was representing Nigeria while his dad was abducted in Nigeria? Wow! That is hard for me to fathom. To think that he even had to play a game while injured. That’s worthy of a national honour by all accounts.
— JJ. Omojuwa (@Omojuwa) July 3, 2018
Signed for Chelsea instead of Man Utd because the future of 3 other Nigerians depended on it.
Paid bills for the Nigerian Olympic team in 2016.
Played against Argentina even though his dad had been kidnapped.
If Mikel Obi ever decides to run for Office, I will campaign for him pic.twitter.com/ELnj0ItveW
— Chidi Okereke (@Chydee) July 3, 2018
Mikel Obi out here showing leadership & responsibility more than any Nigerian political leader alive but it is Babagana Kingibe they will remember to give a national honour for sabotaging the same ticket he ran on. Nigeria is a real tragicomedy.
— Babanla (@biolakazeem) July 3, 2018