Top 10 Quotable Quotes Of Last Week

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“He came, he saw, he conquered and cleared the ruins for the next generation.”

–         Hamza Idris, a journalist, who has been covering Boko Haram insurgent in north-east Nigeria, pays tribute to the fallen Nigerian soldier, Lt Col Muhammad Abu-Ali, killed by the Islamic terrorists (Source: BBC)

“It is only a thug that can stand in front of a Judge’s gate to be struggling with security men…. In all the fight I had with the federal government under former President Jonathan, nobody saw me physically battling with anybody.”

–          Rotimi Amaechi, former governor of Rivers State and the Minister of Transports, attacking the current governor of the state, Nyesom Wike (Source: The Nation)

“Why do we kill each other? Putting tyres on people and setting them ablaze…. I have told the law enforcement agencies if we can’t conduct an election in one state then we should forget about 2019.”

–          President Muhammadu Buhari on the forthcoming governorship election in Ondo State and the national and state assembly rerun elections in Rivers State (Source: Premium Times)

“Money is a coward. The more we frighten money the more it will run away from Nigeria. Raiding financial institutions is not a good sign! We must allow the Naira find its true value by leaving it to market forces to determine where it should be.”

–          Ben Murray-Bruce, a Nigerian senator from Bayelsa State, criticizing the recent crackdown on the Bureau De Change operators across the country by the State Security Services (SSS) (Source: Facebook)

“I am sorry, but if you are a white man you don’t get to define what racism is.”

–          Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, a U.S-based Nigerian novelist, tells Emmett Tyrrell, the editor in chief of the American Spectator during a BBC Newsnight programme, where both argued whether the U.S President-elect, Donald Trump, did promote racism or not during his campaign (Source: YouTube)

“One thing you have to do in life as a man is that when you make a decision, or a sacrifice, you have to deal with it. You have to stand by your decision. I have not one single regret in going to the Olympics. And I will not trade my (Olympic) medal for anything.”

–          John Obi Mikel, Nigeria’s footballer and Chelsea’s midfielder, said in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, after Nigeria defeated Algeria 3-1 in their world cup qualifier. Super Eagle’s Technical Adviser, Gernot Rohr, has claimed that Mikel was being benched by Chelsea’s coach in the ongoing English premiership as “punishment” for representing Nigeria in the last Olympics (Source:

“Some of our cultural practices that perpetuate forms of violence and assault really need to be rested by now. Why reconstruct a baby’s face? Why?”

–          Oby Ezekwesili, former minister of education and a leader of the #BringBackOurGirls group, apparently reacting to a photo circulating on the social media, showing the drawing of tribal mark on the face of a newborn baby (Source: Twitter)

“Many of our state governors have no better examples they have laid in their various states. Their local governments are neither local nor government. State governors refuse to conduct local government elections which will make the local government councils really democratic.”

–          Adebayo Shittu , Minister of Communications, calling on state governors in Nigeria to promote the practice of true federalism in the country (Source: Daily Trust)

“State policing, as far as I am concerned right now, is a terrible idea. There are abuses with the federal police, as it is, and we don’t have the institutional capability to deal with abuses by the police.  And (having) state policing basically is saying multiply the spectrum of abuses into 38 places. That is, one federal police, 36 state polices and the Federal Capital Territory police.”

–           Chidi Odinkalu, former chairman of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) (Source: Channels TV)

“I believe this is called ‘having the last laugh’. Mocked by the establishment, endorsed by the people.”

–          Piers Morgan, British journalist and television personality, commenting on the election of Donald Trump as the next President of United States (Source: Twitter)


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