The Federal Government has appointed former Super Eagles captain, John Mikel Obi as Youth Ambassador in efforts to inspire young Nigerians. The appointment was announced on Friday by the Minister of Youth and Sports, Sunday Dare during a tour of the National Stadium in Surulere, Lagos State which is undergoing rehabilitation. In a statement issued by the Minister’s Special Adviser on Media, John Joshua-Akanji, the minister described the Stoke City player as an inspiration to the development of football in the country.
He said Mikel is a “role model whose lasting legacies in football development has continued to have a positive impact on youths in the country.”
“Time will not permit me to say much about Mikel’s success as a footballer. He is our legend and a role model who has continued to impact the lives of youth positively.
“It is it my pleasure to appoint you as Nigeria Youth Ambassador. It’s a new portfolio and your role as youth ambassador will be made known to Nigerians,” the minister said.
Speaking on his appointment, Mikel expressed gratitude for the opportunity and vowed to work with the ministry towards youth development in the country.
“I feel highly honoured to be appointed as Youth Ambassador of this country, it is a great feeling. I am happy with this partnership and I promise to do my best to encourage and inspire the youths towards national development, not just in football but in other sports like Basketball, Boxing among others,” Mikel said.