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Mikel Obi’s father says he has not spoken to him in 5 years (Sergei Bobylev\TASS via Getty Images)
Father of Super Eagles captain Mikel John Obi has revealed that he has not spoken to his son for five years.
Pa Michael Obi was recently in the news after he was kidnapped and his popular son was told to pay a ransom.
He was fortunately rescued by the police and has fully recovered from the injuries and shock of the kidnapping ordeal.
Opening up on the relationship he has with the former Chelsea midfielder, Pa Obi said he stayed five years before he spoke to his son.
Mikel Obi’s dad has opened up about the strained relationship between him and his son (Ihuoma Chiedozie)
‘It’s over five years no’
“My relationship with Mikel is an issue, but we don’t know what to do. It’s over five years now without a phone call from him to me. But he communicates with his mother,” he told Daily Trust Newspaper.
“There is nothing I have not done to fix it. God has told me that I should not feel hurt. When we start to talk about it, I say, ‘Well, as long as I see him on TV, doing great, no problem’.
“During the just-concluded World Cup, one or two days to one of their matches, we spoke. He called his mum, and she told me that Nchekwube (Mikel) was on the phone and I told him that God will see him through. I prayed for him. That’s it.
“When he first joined Chelsea, my people in Anambra were very happy that God has blessed their son, and when he came to Abuja, they prepared very well with the hope that he will come to our hometown. They even made some magazines. It was grand. But he didn’t come. It was a shameful thing to me, as a father.
Mikel’s dad has accused to midfielder of trying to stay away from him (Patrick Smith – FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
“He once told his brother that sometimes he picks his phone to call me, but something tells him not to.
“Sometime last year, he was to bring his twins so that I could name them, he said he would. But he didn’t. His other colleagues frequent home, so I don’t understand.”
Just four hours before Nigeria took on Argentina in their last group game of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Mikel Obi received a called from the criminals who kidnapped his dad to ask for a N10m ransom.
The midfielder didn’t inform anyone of the call and went on to play the full 90 minutes of the game.