"I said I would like to play, I wouldn't want to let the club down and if I didn't play that game I think my mum would be very sad, she told me to go out there and be strong and make sure I do well in the game," the 24-year-old told Sky Sports News.
"I don't think my team-mates know, I told [Didier] Drogba today [Monday] and [Salomon] Kalou who is a good friend, I didn't want everyone coming up and saying sorry."
SEM said no ransom demand had yet been received but Mikel admitted his father's famous son was likely to be known by any potential kidnappers.
"I think they do know, my family have lived there all their lives so they will know who he is and who I am," he said.
"This happens a lot in the eastern part of Nigeria but my dad would probably be the first this has happened to in the northern part which is a very safe place, this is very rare and is surprising everyone."
His family told the BBC that they have had no contact with Obi senior but believe he is "safe and well".
The Chelsea player's agent John Ola Shittu said that everybody in the family remains hopeful.
"It's been tough for the young man," Shittu said. "The family in Jos reported him missing at the police station as expected but we're taking all necessary measures to find him. We've told him to be brave and to stay calm."
“It's been tough for the young man, we've told him to stay calm”
John Ola ShittuJohn Mikel Obi's agent
Shittu said the family has also not heard from anyone claiming to hold Obi senior.
Kidnappings - more often of oil workers, the rich and famous - are a common occurrence in Nigeria.
Footballers and their families are increasingly being targetted.
In July 2008, the elder brother of Nigerian and Everton defender Joseph Yobo was seized in Port Harcourt, where kidnappings for ransom are most frequent.
It was not clear if a ransom was paid but Nornu Yobo was released after being held for almost two weeks.
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