No doubt this past week has been interesting, to say the least. From a very surprising return of the #AmericaDecides2016 to the swearing-in of Godwin Obaseki as the new Edo State governor and finally, the return of the Super Eagles in an uplifting win against Algeria on Saturday – we bring you the most notable outtakes from everything that was uttered through the week:
1. The most important message:
“To the young people in particular, I hope you will hear this — I have, as Tim said, I have spent my entire life fighting for what I believe in. I’ve had successes and setbacks and sometimes painful ones. Many of you are at the beginning of your professional, public, and political careers — you will have successes and setbacks too. This loss hurts, but please never stop believing that fighting for what’s right is worth it.”
Delivering what should be recorded as the most important and relevant concession speech in history, Hillary Clinton urged the youth of America-and young people world over – never to give up. Even when it hurts. Even when it’s painful and disappointing. Even when a Donald Trump wins an election.
“Remember, no matter what happens, the sun will rise in the morning and America will still be the greatest nation on Earth.”
While there are confirmed reports that the sun did rise again on Wednesday morning, -one of such reports coming from the POTUS himself -we are yet to confirm if America truly remains the greatest nation in the West. Was it on earth? Apologies.
3. From Hillary Clinton’s concession speech …
“We have seen that our nation is more deeply divided than we thought.”
Not the most celebrated bit of Mrs Clinton’s concession speech, but this one-liner from the speech should be have been served in a Styrofoam pack and delivered to doorsteps across the world. Yes, Hillary, America is not exactly what it has been sold to be for decades now.
4. A glimpse of an America many will miss:
“But that’s the nature of campaigns. That’s the nature of democracy. It is hard, and sometimes contentious and noisy, and it’s not always inspiring. To the young people who got into politics for the first time, and may be disappointed by the results, I just want you to know, you have to stay encouraged. Don’t get cynical. Don’t ever think you can’t make a difference. As Secretary Clinton said this morning, fighting for what is right is worth it.”
Echoing Secretary Clinton’s message, President of the United States, Barack Obama delivered a beautiful address on Thursday in the Rose Garden of the White House.
5. The man of the week. President-Elect, Donald J. Trump
Just had a very open and successful presidential election. Now professional protesters, incited by the media, are protesting. Very unfair!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 11, 2016
In classic Trump fashion, the President-elect reacted to the protests that broke out a day after the U.S elections decrying Trum’s win.
6. From governor Fayose …
“Trump presidency … is also a turning point for Nigeria and Nigerians, particularly those controlling the federal government that must have to change their ways as their allies who imposed them on us just lost out. Most importantly, President Barack Obama got what he did to Dr. Goodluck Jonathan. God bless President-Elect Donald John Trump!”
Confirming what we already knew about the Trump win signifying a variety of things for different people, Ekiti State governor, Ayo Fayose in his classic style offers a very different perspective. He believes the Trump win was God paying back Obama for supporting President Buhari against former president Jonathan at the last general elections.
“At least Richard Nixon had a solid understanding of world affairs. Manoeuvred skilfully. But morally corrupt. And collapsed in disgrace.”
Millions around the world have been unable to hide their distaste for Donald Trump’s victory since Wednesday. One of them is Sweden’s former prime minister Carl Bildt who posted this quote on his Twitter and called 2016 the year of “double disaster” for the west. (Brexit reference).
“I say very very clearly, without mincing words, that I don’t that anybody can fairly lay claim to any economic policy that drove that growth. It was growth that was driven by high oil prices. If we agree that infrastructure is the driver of growth, when you get high oil prices, what do you do with it? So, where are those towers, where are those bridges, where are those highways?
In what many might consider serious and direct shade to former President Goodluck Jonathan’s, Minister of Power, works and housing, Babatunde Fashola explained at the fifth EU business forum, that it’ll be unfair for anyone to lay claims to the 7 percent growth rate of the economy over the past decade since it was driven by factors outside of government actions also because nothing was done infrastructure-wise with the proceeds of that boom.
“a man who did not win will be temporarily sworn in; but we must not leave the State. The will of God will be done at the end of the day”.
Speaking at the opening of the office of the Edo Mandate Recovery Centre, Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) candidate at the recently held Edo gubernatorial elections, Ize-Iyamu, assured his supporters of his faith in judiciary to unseat his opponent, Godwin Obaseki who was sworn in on Saturday, 12th November.
10. From the Nigeria-Algeria win
“THIS is the Super Eagles we have been waiting for!!! This foreign coach isn’t a bad idea ATALL!!! Their touches have improved GREATLY!”
An excited fan posted to his Twitter last night after the Nigeria – Algeria match which Nigeria won. His words echo the feelings of most Nigerians; especially as regards foreign coach, Antonio Conte.
A bit of humour to start off the new week:
Moses Mikel Moses….
And The Government Says MMM is not good for Nigeria
— J*O*H*N ︻┳テ╦═── (@i_am_jonoscar) November 12, 2016
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