Liberian President His Excellency Gorge Weah has paved way for other footballers to be interested in politics after he won the top seat a few months ago.
George Weah became the first former footballer to be elected president in Africa and this success has impacted Nwankwo Kanu, a former Nigerian footballer to also vie for the top position in that country.
Nwankwo Kanu has announced he will run for president of Nigeria in 2019
“My presence here today is about the future of our country and the happiness of our people. The last 18 years of leadership has witnessed a decline in all critical sectors of life in Nigeria, plus general insecurity in the land. Also, I’ll do all it takes to wrestle corruption which has become blatant and widespread. The rest of the world looks at Nigeria as the home of corruption.” Said the 41-year-old.
He added that. “If I get your mandate, I promise to do things differently and restore honour and integrity to public service by keeping the best and attracting the best. “George Weah’s victory in Liberia is a pointer that this dream is very realistic with you all on my side.”
Kanu will be hoping to become Nigeria’s fifth president in the fourth Nigerian Republic by unseating incumbent president Muhammadu Buhari.
He played his professional football for Ajax Amsterdam, Inter Milan and Arsenal among others and was the 1996 and 1999 African Player of the Year.