Fit like Ronaldo: Nigerians react as video of 75-year-old former VP Atiku playing football surfaces online

Fit like Ronaldo: Nigerians react as video of 75-year-old former VP Atiku playing football surfaces online

– Former VP Atiku has been spotted in a viral Twitter playing football

– The video was posted on Twitter by his son, Alhaji Mustapha Abu Bakr, joking that his father was ready for the “next summer’s transfer window”

– Nigerians on Twitter have expressed diverse views regarding the former VP’s fitness demonstrated with football skills

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Nigeria’s former vice president, Atiku Abubakar, has demonstrated a rare physical fitness as he was captured in a video playing football with some young men.

The former vice president who will clock 75 in March has shown commendable fitness for a septuagenarian, making some Nigerians hail him on social media.

The video, sighted by, was shared on Twitter by one of his children, Alhaji Mustapha Abu Bakr, via his handle, @HHMustaphaAA, on Friday, February 19.

Fit like Ronaldo: Nigerians react to video of 75-year-old former VP Atiku playing football

Nigeria’s former VP Atiku Abubakar, 75, spotted playing football.
Photo credit: @Cristiano, @atiku
Source: Twitter

Abu Bakr captioned the video with a joke that his father is getting ready for the “next summer’s transfer window”.

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He tweeted:

“Here’s my dad @atiku getting ready ahead of next summer’s transfer window”

Nigerians react

The video has sparked diverse reactions from Nigerians. While some commented on his fitness, others wondered why Atiku who was the PDP presidential candidate in the 2019 elections was not elected by the electorates.

See some reactions below:

Mustapha Abdulmalik Kofar Bai, @mustymaleek, said:

“Nigeria and Nigerians will surely sign this outstanding & ever ready player come 2023 as Nigeria and Nigerians are still paying for the wrongful choice of 2015 and 2019”

E2, @WhyteAbel, tweeted:

“Baba wey fit like Ronaldo. @atiku may you live longer.”

Kabiru Ahmadu Kadiri, @DanAhmadu1, said:

“Waziri (Atiku) is physically and fitted with full skills to rescue #FcNIG from dying hope. May AA succeed”

Donvic, @Donvic94619992, said:

“So Atiku is a baller, wow good touches.”

Mukhtar M Iya, @mk_salmani2, said:

“There’s a good kick. Not bad, pop. May Allah make all things easier for you.”

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Muhammad Ibrahim, @muhdmanga88, said:

“I dont knw why but i just like and admire this man, lucky to have seen him lead”

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In a previous piece, reported that former president Olusegun Obasanjo was also spotted playing football.

The former president had participated in a football match organised as part of the activities to mark his 78th birthday in 2015.


Nurudeen Lawal is a journalist passionate about fact-checking/verification journalism. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Literature-in-English from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State. As Politics Editor, Nurudeen mostly writes on Nigeria’s political and socio-economic developments. He has attended different workshops, conferences and training on fact-checking and digital reporting, among others. Learn more about him on Twitter, @Nurudeen Lawal_

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