French president, Emmanuel Macron visits Nigeria

French president, Emmanuel Macron is visiting Nigeria to attend the Celebration of African Culture event at the New Afrika Shrine.

Macron however made a first stop at the Presidential Villa, Abuja where he held a closed door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari this evening. The duo discussed on security and terrorism as it affects both countries.

The French president will later be received by Femi Kuti, son of late Afrobeat legend, Fela Anikulapo Kuti.

This Twitter user has something to say about Macron showing up at the shrine:

Nigerians are upset about everything but you can’t blame us, can you?

John Mikel Obi’s father was kidnapped right before the Nigeria-Argentina match

Four hours before the game that saw the end to Nigeria’s journey at the 2018 World Cup, Super Eagles captain, John Mikel Obi received news that would have torn him apart but he held strong.

Mikel Obi was called by kidnappers who announced to him that they had his father in custody. The older Obi had been picked up along the Makurdi-Enugu expressway as he traveled to a funeral on June 26. The kidnappers demanded a N10 million ransom and more.

The Super Eagles skipper had to keep quiet about the incident or risk losing his dad; so he went on to play in the match and made no mention of it neither to authorities or his team mates. Pa Obi was later rescued on Tuesday by the Nigerian Police after a gun battle with the abductors. It was only after this rescue mission was confirmed succesful that Mikel Obi went public about it.

Obi said, “I had to shut it out of my head and go and represent my country first… And I did not want to discuss it with the coach because I did not want my issue to become a distratcion to the coach or the rest of the team on the day of such an important game…”

Nigerians on social media are lauding Mikel Obi for his heroic act and he deserves all of it…


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