The past week was undoubtedly dominated by the Magu confirmation hearing at the National Assembly that went awry. We have ll the important quotes from that but there was more to the week other than that drama including a very interesting Twitter brawl between two Nigerian literary club members.
See our top ten quotes below:
“Any person who unlawfully wears the uniform of forces, etc. L.N. 112 of 1964. 1967 No. 27(1) not being a person serving in any of the armed forces of Nigeria, wears the uniform or any part of the uniform of such forces, or any of the armed dress having the appearance or bearing any of the regimental or other distinctive marks of such uniforms; or (2) not being a person holding any office or authority under the Government of Nigeria or of any part thereof, wears any uniform or distinctive badge or mark or carries any token calculated to convey the impression that such person holds any office or authority under the government; is guilty of an offence and is liable to imprisonment for one month, or to a fine of NGN 10, unless he proves that he had the permission of the President or of the Governor of a State to wear such uniform or dress, badge or mark or to carry such token: Provided that this section shall not apply to the wearing of any uniform or dress in the course of a stage play or in any bona fide public entertainment.”
-Brigade. Gen. Sani Usman, the Director, Army Public Relations trying to explain the illegality of civilians wearing military camouflage quoting sections 110 & 111 of the Nigerian Criminal Code Act.
“#BREAKING 7.56am Ibadan. The NPF just stormed my house arresting me taking me to CID for questioning. They say it’s NOT a criminal matter.”
-Kemi Olunloyo announced her own arrest via Twitter on Tuesday morning but has yet to receive the customary media outrage in response.
“We saw how Obasanjo was when he became president and the magnitude of both direct and indirect investments that he has now. Can he in all honesty tell Nigerians that he acquired his wealth through legitimate means?”
-Ayodele Fayose finally added some more heat to the fire that former President Obasanjo has been under lately by challenging him to explain the source of his wealth to Nigerians.
“I also apologized to the Governors for barring visits while I was away—I didn’t want Government to move to London;I wanted it to remain in Abuja”
-President Muhammadu Buhari made a surprise drop-in to last week’s NEC meeting and siezed the opportunity to address the issue of him not extending invitations to State Governors while he was in london on medical vacation.
“We have all been accused, I have been accused of sponsoring Boko Haram, the senate president is still going to court. Same as other members who have cases in court, yet they occupy seats in the senate. So, if you say because of the allegations he (Magu) should not be confirmed, then I should not be a sitting senator and Saraki should not be there as senate president.”
-Ali Ndume remains solidly in support of the rejected EFCC boss, Ibrahim Magu even though it’s safe to say the same support cost him his leadership position in the Senate in the first place.
“Maybe I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for Twitter, because I get such a fake press, such a dishonest press. I’m not including Fox, because I think Fox has been fair to me [but] much of the news is not honest, and when I have close to 100 million people watching me on [social media], I have my own form of media.”
–President Donald Trump making sure we get comfortable with his continued presence on the social medium, Twitter.
“They know that Magu has been outstanding in the fight against corruption, and that his achievements have simply been extremely praiseworthy. He’s been consistent; he’s committed. He’s a man of high integrity and his productivity has been high. The only reason they will refuse to confirm him is that they decided to be perverse on this occasion for reasons best known to them. Probably it’s known to everybody. Maybe it’s because he’s just too good for the job.”
–Professor Itse Sagay‘s two cents on the rejection of Ibrahim Magu as the EFCC chair by the Senate on Wednesday.
“The President used the word wiretaps in quotes to mean, broadly, surveillance and other activities.”
the moment when the Trump administration diffrentiatedWhite House Press Secretary, Sean Spicer. Just in case you somehow missed “wiretapping” from ‘wiretapping’.
“Kayode. Grow up. You can. It is possible. It is not by gray hair. Act your age. The video title restated a claim uncritically… Foolishness is not an editorial policy.”
-Elnathan John. From the very entertaining spat between him and Kayode Ogundamisi on Tuesday night. You have to read our thread on it.
“In the light of the foregoing, Magu has failed the integrity test and will eventually constitute a liability to the anti-corruption drive of the present administration.”
–Senator Dino Melaye read out the infamous Paragraph 14 of the “second” DSS report that the Senate rely on to reach the conclusion that he was not fit to be confirmed as EFCC Chairman.
Bonus: The Final Magu Blow from Senator Melaye:
“Do you still see yourself qualified as the Chairman of the EFCC or we’ve paid you to Golgotha?”
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