Former Super Eagles captain and striker, Kanu Nwankwo, has explained the rationale behind his decision to run for the 2019 presidential elections.

In an interview with Goal, the Arsenal legend said he is running for the nation’s highest post so as to correct the mistakes of the last 18 years.

Kanu added that since former Liberian footballer, George Weah could be elected president in his country, he could win in Nigeria too.

 “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.”

The two-time African footballer of the year added, “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 has yet to declare for any political party.

Kanu, a native of Abia state, was a member, and later captain, of the Super Eagles of Nigeria for 16 years – from 1994 to 2010. During the course of his illustrious career, he became one of the few players to have won the Olympics gold medal, the English Premier league trophy, the UEFA Champions league, the English FA cup and UEFA cup.

The presidential election is scheduled for February 16, 2019.

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