The Governor of Anambra State, Mr. Peter Obi, has joined other Nigerians to sympathise with the
family of Super Eagles and Chelsea star, John Mikel Obi, whose father was abducted since last
week in Jos, Plateau State.
In a statement issued in Awka on Thursday and signed by the Senior Special Assistant to the
Governor on Media and Publicity, Mr. Valentine Obienyem, Obi stated that he was shocked by
the news of the kidnap of the senior Obi.
“I hasten to condemn the act as most barbaric, unpatriotic and shameful,” the governor said.
According to him, it is inconceivable that the father of someone who has brought joy to millions of his countrymen through the nation’s number one sport, football, or any Nigerian at all, can be kidnapped.
He stated that such an act had not only smeared Nigeria’s image abroad, but could dampen the morale
of other sportsmen and women in representing the country.
Obi urged the abductors to have a rethink and release the man without delay and unharmed to
members of his family, just as he urged the family to remain steadfast in prayer and continue to believe
God that their husband, father and relation would be returned hale and hearty.