Nigerians Condemn Mikel Obi For Pledging Support For Kogi Governor, Yahaya Bello

Nigerians on social media have called out former Super Eagles midfielder, Mikel Obi, for pledging support for the political aspirations of Kogi governor, Yahaya Bello.

On Sunday, Obi paid a courtesy visit to Bello in Abuja during which he lauded the achievements of the governor.

He was quoted as saying, “It is an honour for me to finally meet his Excellency personally after all the good things I have heard and read about him from not just the people of Kogi State but from Nigerians.

“My main aim is to come here to show my appreciation and to thank him for all the things he has been doing for the people and also to support him in whatever future political positions he wants to go into.

“I will like to be there to support him, to be there by his side through this journey for him to achieve whatever he wants which is for the betterment of Nigeria.”

Obi said he was hopeful that Bello and himself could work together as a team to achieve success.

However, Nigerian tweeps have taken to their social media handles to call out Obi over his comments stressing that Bello’s administration was not deserving of such accolade.

Many social media users expressed the belief that Obi must have been paid or is seeking a political position, hence his comment.

This comes as human rights activist, Omoyele Sowore, via his Twitter handle on Monday, described Obi as a sycophant.

Sowore wrote, “@mikel_john_obi As ur career in football flames out, another one starts in sycophancy + ass licking! At least for sycophancy, you don’t need any rigorous practice! Enjoy it while it lasts with
@OfficialGYBKogi the most irresponsible and incompetent Nigerian governor below 50.”

Other reactions of Nigerians on social media are as follows:

From observation, the Kogi governor is notorious for hampering freedom of speech and expression within his state.

For instance, two anti-President Muhammadu Buhari protesters, Larry Emmanuel and Victor Udoka were arrested in Kogi state for exercising their fundamental human rights, under Bello’s administration.

Irate mob flogged the two youths, filmed them and brutalised them before they were later handed over to the police.

It was gathered that the police thereafter quizzed the two protesters and detained them when they insisted on seeing their lawyer before making a statement. They were also secretly arraigned in court, without having access to their lawyers.

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