31st August, 2011
Nigerian international footballer and Chelsea football club star, Mr. John Mikel Obi has expressed gratitude to President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan for his assistance during the kidnap of his father, Mr. Michael Obi, early this month.
Speaking to the President at State House, Mikel said his â€œentire family appreciate your help to us during this difficult time,â€ adding that his father was recovering from the mainly psychological and physical injuries he suffered.
He said he was encouraged to put in his best for the national team in their forthcoming national assignments, particularly the African Nationsâ€™ Cup qualifier in Madagascar, adding that the Super Eagles were ready for the encounter.
Responding, President Jonathan described the kidnap of Mr. Michael Obi as â€œunfortunate and sad,â€ but said government would continue doing all that is possible to guarantee safety of all citizens and non-citizens resident in Nigeria.