“I am here today to tell you that I’m not dead” | “One can no longer walk both sides of the street at the same time” | These are our top 7 quotes of the week

by Kolapo Olapoju


1. “Let us make sacrifices and deliver on what we promised the people to make our jobs as members of the executive much easier. People should feel secure in Nigeria. Let us give confidence to the people who voted us in no matter who you are, you should get justice. Whatever we can do in terms of social services, healthcare and security should be done, that is all they need.”
-The President-elect, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, said this when a delegation of All Progressives Congress (APC) politicians from Kogi and Kwara states paid him a courtesy visit at the party presidential campaign headquarters in Abuja.




2. “Love of country is absent. It is suggested that your government works out a framework to reverse disorder and instil discipline. The issue of national order is closely linked with a new constitutional order. It is strongly recommended that priority should be given to the national question and resolved urgently. The nation will not settle or move forward without solving the issue of disorder.”
– A quote lifted from a letter by Olisa Agbakoba to the President Elect, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd) on the need for the setting up of a framework to address broad issues concerning the nation.




3. “Politicians will no longer be able to change direction and loyalties as if they were changing clothes. Those in politics must know that responsibility and accountability shall now follow them. One can no longer walk both sides of the street at the same time. In case Kashamu has not noticed, the politics of principle defeated the politics of posturing. ”


-National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu criticises Peoples Democratic Party, senator-elect, Prince Buruji Kashamu, for calling him his role model.




4. “I do believe that I have done the best for Nigeria in this job and I have attained many firsts in the history of oil and gas especially in the reforms that we have done. In this period of time, I have stepped on many big toes particularly the feet of the cabals that were in the industry when we came in. Because I have said severally that we will open up the industry to all Nigerians and we have, but that is not to the pleasure of certain cabals.”


– Minister of Petroleum Resources, Deziani Allison Maduekwe while addressing state House correspondents after the Federal Executive Council meeting on Wednesday, April 22.

5. “The nation can no longer afford to pay lip service to the development of her youths. I strongly believe that this country is blessed with vibrant and talented citizens whose capabilities for nation building are yet to be tapped. We must all stand in concert and unity of purpose to build a secure future for our country by developing our youth.”


– Chancellor, Ladoke Akintola University, Bola Tinubu, delivering an address at the 12th convocation ceremony of the institution.



6. “I am here today to tell you that I am not dead. In every election, there would be winners and losers. The same thing happened during the last presidential election. I am alive. I am talking to you now because I am travelling tomorrow and some people will go into the streets and say I was carried into air ambulance. President Jonathan that contested election had congratulated the winner and the whole world acclaimed him for conceding defeat. Jonathan was the one who contested election, I didn’t. So, why should I die.”


– A former Federal Commissioner for Information, Chief Edwin Clark, responding to rumours that he collapsed after President Goodluck Jonathan lost the March 28 presidential election.





7. “I am not the one to deliver the states. Delivery of Abia, Imo and Taraba is in the hands of the Deliverer – the Almighty God in heaven. Whoever tells you he will deliver is telling you a bloody lie. It is that same God I pray that he will deliver Abia, Imo and Taraba on April 25. I was unable to deliver Bauchi State, so was everybody unable to deliver because of the tsunami that has happened in the North. There was a total political tsunami. But for what has happened, we remain thankful. ”


– The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Adamu Muazu, responding to the assertions that he does not have the capacity to deliver Abia, Imo and Taraba states chapters of the party in Saturday’s rerun.

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