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The Chelsea midfielder is grateful to Nigerians for the love they showed him during the ordeal of his father’s kidnapping and vows to continue giving his best to the country

Nigeria midfielder John Mikel Obi has thanked his compatriots for the enormous support he was shown during the saga which involved the abduction of his father in Jos recently.

Michael Obi, Sr. was taken on his way back from work and held in captivity for almost ten days before he was rescued by police in the northern city of Kano.

The Chelsea midfielder, who showed great courage as he continued to play for his club despite the ordeal, visited the Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan on Tuesday in Abuja to express his joy at the response of the government.

"I just want to say I really appreciate what Nigerians have done for me and for my family,” Mikel told the media.
  
"Sometimes in some situations you don't know people that love you. But when things happen, you know those that really care and love you.
 
"This situation really taught me a lot, I felt that Nigerians were really concerned and I don’t have words to thank them enough.
 
"But what I can say is that it has taught me that no matter what, Nigerians really love me.”

Mikel, who was among the early arrivals to the Super Eagles camp for this weekend’s must-win African Cup of Nations qualifier against Madagascar in Antananarivo, has vowed to continue giving his best to the national team.
 
"I love my country and will always do my best, and any time I am fit and ready, I will always come down and play. That is why I have been in this camp for two days now. I was one of the first to come here and I will do my best all the time because this green jersey means a lot to me,” Mikel said.

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