SOUND BITES: 10 Top Quotable Quotes of the Week

“When they defeat you they will go to the next community, when they defeat that community they will go to another one, this is Ekiti Parapo war and it must be fought in the totality of our spirit. I stand by you, I stand for you and that is why you elected me at a time like this. I will not disappoint you.”
–          Ekiti State governor, Ayodele Fayose, vowed to equip Ekiti hunters for war against Fulani herdsmen (Source: Premium Times newspaper)

“I’m not on exile and I will never go into exile. I have no need to [seek exile].”

–          Former Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan, denying media reports that he was in exile in Cote D’Ivoire. Mr. Jonathan said he was on an unofficial visit to the country (Source: The Trent)

“Change is no instant coffee, it is a process. We are now laying a solid foundation for our country. Our long suffering people will surely smile again.”
–          Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, pleading with Nigerians to be patience with the government of Muhammadu Buhari (Source: Premium Times)

“If workers want to go on strike, I sympathize with them but we will be here waiting till when they come back. I can’t sell myself to pay workers. Even the government house where I live does not have diesel to power generator at times.”
–          Ekiti State governor, Ayodele Fayose, commenting on the indefinite strike by the civil servants in the state over the inability of the state government to pay them five months salary arrears (Source: Premium Times)

“I am no longer a part of Christ Embassy aka Believer’s Loveworld or any such organisation in any capacity. I am reiterating this to ensure that no one is misled by the false rumours or unfounded statements that show up and are spread from time to time on the Internet.”
–          Anita Ebhodaghe, former wife of the founder and pastor of Christ Embassy, Chris Oyakhilome, dispelling rumour that she has re-united with Mr. Oyakhilome (Source: The Punch newspaper)

“There is no neutral ground on which one ought to stand in a time of tyranny. I felt a duty to speak. There was no way I could remain silent during the reign of Nigeria’s worst military dictatorship. I believe an ambassador is an envoy not only to the government to which he or she is accredited but also to its people.”
–          Former United States Ambassador to Nigeria, Walter Carrington, responding to an interview question whether it was part of his brief as an ambassador to identify with anti-government movement during the military regime of late Sani Abacha (Source: The Punch)

“If the militants and vandals are testing our resolve, they are much mistaken. We shall apprehend the perpetrators and their sponsors and bring them to justice.”
–          President Muhammadu Buhari, in his nationwide broadcast on Nigeria’s Democracy Day, takes a hard stance against the attacks on oil-pipelines in the Niger Delta by a new militant group known as the Niger Delta Avengers (Source: Premium Times)

“Even though the military in Africa produced the likes of Mobotu Sese Seko of the DRC, Idi Amin of Uganda, Sani Abacha of Nigeria and Jean Bokassa of Central Africa Republic, it also produced the likes of Thomas Sankara and Murtala Mohammed.”
–          Popular Lagos lawyer, Femi Falana, rejecting the idea that ex-coup plotters in Nigeria should not be allowed to run the affairs of the state or regarded as elder statesmen (Source: The Punch)

“Give me a stern president. We need such. But also give me a human and humane President. We equally need such. All these are embodied in Muhammadu Buhari, the man whose footprints would be indelible in the sands of time in Nigeria. He would bring change, and the change would be enduring.”
–          Femi Adesina, Special Adviser, Media and Publicity, to President Buhari (Source: Premium Times)

“For the love of country and out of patriotism, I wish to appeal to you once again to stop the bombing of oil facilities in the Niger Delta region, and embrace the path of dialogue with the Federal Government of Nigeria.”
–          Ex-militant leader, Government Ekpemupolo (aka Tompolo), appealing to the new militant group, the Niger Delta Avengers, to stop the attacks on oil pipelines (Source: The Nation)


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