by Kolapo Olapoju
1. “The PDP is a political party built on values, tradition and utmost respect for democratic tenets. Our manifesto and ideology centre on national peace, stability and prosperity and we shall uphold this at all times. In this wise, the PDP as always, will continue to work in the general interest of the Nigerian people.
– National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, Olisa Metuh, spoke on a Federal Radio Corporation on Thursday, stating that the party will not insult nor disrespect the office and person of the Nigerian President.
2. “Metuh will need the training to effectively carry out his new tough task. It is now obvious that he needs to understand that for him to succeed in his new role, he must be credible, empirical, more sophisticated in language use and very passionate in addition to being able to operate on a lean or zero budget.”
– National Publicity Secretary of the APC, Lai Mohammed, stating that his counterpart in the PDP needs proper training on how to be spokesperson for an opposition party.
3. “If they say someone has enemies, I’m number one in the world. But God has been merciful and has been helping me to overcome my challenges. I need your prayers because it will strengthen me more. I’m here in the mosque to thank God. All I want is peace. I have a constitutionally guaranteed tenure. A governor is judged by his achievements in office. All I’m interested in is to bring development to my people.”
– Ekiti state governor, Ayo Fayose, speaking in a mosque in Ado Ekiti on Friday, where he begged for forgiveness and called for negotiations with the 19 APC lawmakers hellbent on impeaching him.
4. “Nigeria stood by us and we can never do anything against Nigeria having stood solidly behind us to overcome apartheid. We will do our best to cement our bond of love and friendship for the sake of our people and for the sake of our Nigerian people. We see the attacks as a wicked attempt by some criminal elements to erode the good work we have been working together with Nigeria and we say to our Nigerian brothers and sisters let us not move away for each other. We are sure of victory over the criminal elements. We shall overcome.”
– The South African Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Lulu Mnguni, speaking on the xenophobic attacks in South Africa.
5. “Where are the girls? How are they faring? How is Chibok without its girls, its daughters, its future mothers? Where would Chibok’s young men find “educated” Chibok wives, if hundreds disappeared in one night? How has the incident affected school attendance for girls in Chibok and other threatened areas? Who cares, not by words, but by getting our girls back home and to school? What would recovery mean for residents of Chibok? What happens to Chibok if the girls return, and if they do not return? Why have the girls not been rescued? Who would rescue the girls? Would they be rescued? Is there something the international community (an increasingly meaningless tag) can do about the plight of the girls? Was there a global conspiracy against Nigeria over this incident? What should have been done?”
– An opinion piece written by Ikeddy Isiguzo, Chairman, Editorial Board of Vanguard newspapers
6. “As our democracy grows, I think our leaders, particularly at the state level will see that it is better you take care of the people, otherwise, they could revolt against you, and what has happened with this Boko Haram is a kind of revolution, driven by hopelessness.”
– Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh, advising Nigerian politicians to make paramount the needs of their people or else, be ready to deal with their revolt.
7. “They have made all sorts of noise about Boko Haram, I want to see how Buhari, a retired general, would handle the situation. I want to see him destroy Boko Haram. I want to see how long it would take him. I want to see how long he is going to get the Chibok girls back. Ezekwesili has been making noise about that and I tweeted her to suggest how to get these girls back. We would see how Buhari will do the magic. ”
– Femi Aribisala, speaking about the President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari. in a recent interview with Vanguard editors.