- Nwankwo Kanu has announced his intention to run for president in Nigeria
- The former Arsenal star is seeking to replace current president Muhammadu Buhari
- His intent was inspired by George Weah's recent feat in Liberia
Legendary Arsenal star Nwakwo Kanu has announced he will contest for the president of Nigeria 2019 during the country's general elections.
Briefly.co.za understands that the move was influenced by George Weah's recent feat in Liberia where the former Monaco player became the 25th President of Liberia.
"George Weah's victory in Liberia is a pointer that this dream is very realistic with you all on my side," he declared.
Kanu, who also featured for Inter Milan during his active days said he he had the dream of economically transforming Nigeria, vowing to improve the country's living standards.
“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," Goal.com quoted the 41-year old.
In his announcement, the two-time African Player of the Year further pledged 'to do things differently.'
“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," he said.
“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." he added.
The former Portsmouth's declaration comes days after more than one million Egyptians voted for Liverpool star Mohammed Salah in an election the 26-year old did not contest.
The 1995 Champions League winner is hoping to replace the ageing Muhammadu Buhari, thereby becoming Nigeria's fifth president.
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