And Yobo concedes his commitment to Nigeria has probably cost him his Everton career.
He told Kickoff.com: "During that period, I was under intense pressure. But now, I am very much relieved and I can now give my one hundred percent to the game. It was not easy for me, but I thank God that all is over.
Despite international commitments having cost him dearly at one club, Yobo insists that he will not compromise on his national team duties.
"I have said it time and time again, my national assignment remains paramount to me whenever I'm going into any contract.
"We don't need to deceive ourselves, Nigeria still remains our country, this is where we would return after club assignments, so the interest of my country is well protected in my new club."