“We should not always, on the basis of security, prevent people from practicing the very basic and fundamental right to religion.”
– Shaarik Zafar, U.S. President Barack Obama’s Special Representative to Muslim Communities, on the Shiites crisis in Nigeria (Source: Premium Times)
“They (INEC) were able to conduct election in Sambisa forest and votes were counted, but they cannot conduct election here in Rivers State.”
– Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike, accusing the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of plotting against him and the Peoples Democratic Party in the state (Source: Vanguard)
“I am a product of the struggle against everything that is wrong with society, every unblessed power that dominates, harasses, intimidates, exploits, (and) subjugates society.”
– Edo State governor, Adams Oshiomhole, on why he took on political godfathers in the state (Source: Vanguard)
“Everybody knows that this (International Criminal Court) is a court that has been in fact formed and built to indict Africans, this is why you’ll find all those leaders who have been accused or indicted are African leaders.”
– Ibrahim Ghandour, Sudan’s Foreign Minister, on why his country’s president, Omar al-Bashir, who was indicted by the ICC, would never appear before the court (Source: Al Jazeera)
“I will never talk down on marriage because it’s something I still look forward to.”
– Nollywood actress, Chika Ike, hinting that she had found love again, after her marriage with ex-husband, Tony Eberiri, crashed three years ago (Source: Bella Naija)
“Judges, including justices of the highest court in the land, are not common criminals that anybody who wants to arrest would go in the early hours of the day or at night to arrest them or to execute a search warrant under very suspicious and irregular circumstances.”
– Onueze Okocha, a lawyer and Senior Advocate of Nigeria, on the recent arrest of seven judges in Nigeria (Source: The Punch)
“Under my watch not a single Nigerian was sent to prison because of anything they wrote or said about me or the administration that I headed. Nigeria had neither political prisoners nor political exile under my administration.”
– Former president of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan, calling on Nigerian lawyers resident in the U.S to support democratic institutions back home. Mr. Jonathan spoke at the Nigerian Lawyers Association’s annual dinner and merit awards ceremony in New York (Source: Premium Times)
“A lot of the senators don’t pay attention during proceedings. They only follow the crowd. Just watch when they are debating. It is only when the President or somebody wants to borrow money that you will see their eyes wide open.”
– Anthony Okogie, retired Catholic Archbishop of Lagos, condemning Nigerian senators for passing an amendment bill which empowers the senate to seize the Code of Conduct Bureau and the Code of Conduct Tribunal from the control of the presidency (Source: The Nation)
“Pep (Guardiola) smiles at you. He makes you believe he is your best friend – and then he betrays you.”
– Dimitri Seluk, agent of Manchester City’s footballer, Yaya Toure, accusing the club coach, Pep Guardiola of bearing personal grudges against Toure. Seluk claimed the coach was keeping Toure on the bench as a way of settling old scores he and Toure had while both of them were at Barcelona (Source: Goal.com)
“The president (Muhammadu Buhari) doesn’t have any powers to force any court to convict anybody who is innocent.”
– Garba Shehu, presidential spokesman, asking journalists and Nigerians not to link President Buhari with the recent arrest of judges for corruption (Source: Premium Times)
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