The Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government has appointed former Super Eagles captain, John Mikel Obi, as Youth Ambassador.
Naija News reports that the Stoke City midfielder was appointed Ambassador to inspire young Nigerians towards excellence.
Mikel Obi’s appointment was disclosed at an event held at the National Stadium, Surulere Lagos on Friday, which was attended by the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare.
According to the Special Adviser to the Minister on Media, John Joshua-Akanji, Sunday Dare described Mikel as 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 Dare said.
Responding, The former Chelsea and Trabzonspor midfielder expressed delight with his appointment and promised to work with the sports ministry to foster 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”, said Mikel.