by Ibrahim Faruk
Highlights of the week that has gone by include the qualification of the Super Eagles for the final of the ongoing African Cup of Nations (AFCON) in South Africa, merger of major opposition parties as well as the release of the highly anticipated book by Mallam Nasir el-Rufai, ‘The Accidental Public Servant’.
These are the top 7 quotes for this week’s round-up.
1. “The victory of the Super Eagles is a good omen. It is a sign of good things to come. The PDP sees it as a sign of a new beginning. It shows that we, as a nation can surmount all our problems. It is an indication that there is nothing impossible and that collectively we will overcome all the challenges we are facing as a nation. We will surmount all of them the way we surmounted the Elephants.”
– National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Chief Olisa Metuh in a statement on Sunday after the Super Eagles triumph over Ivory Coast at the ongoing AFCON in South Africa.
2. “What makes our country great is not the rich natural resources that we are blessed with, but our diversity and the inner strength that is reflected by the people at all times – in good times, in times of challenge; the beauty of our land, the purity of our souls, and the incandescence of our hopes.”
– President Goodluck Jonathan said this in his speech at the launch of Nigeria’s Centenary Project last week.
3. “I don’t listen to wicked step sons my dear! Try another handle.”
– Former Minister of Education under President Obasanjo and World Bank Vice President (Africa), Obiageli Ezekwesili took to Twitter to discipline her errant step son, Reno Omokri, Special Assistant to the President on New Media after the Super Eagles victory over Mali at the AFCON.
4. “It amazes me that el-Rufai can pass off fiction for self-gratification at the expense of truth as a book. El-Rufai’s attack on my person is to say the least not surprising considering that this is the same man who has notoriety for disparaging religions and their icons, including lately Jesus Christ.
“If he could go to such irreverent extent to disparage religious icons, who is an ordinary mortal like me? It is my belief that any man that can cross the boundary of reason and decency deserves prayers rather than anger.
“I wish to state that the book is as a collection of fiction, half-truths, exaggeration and reflection of selective memory.”
– Former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar blasts Malam Nasir el-Rufai and takes a swipe at his just released book, ‘The Accidental Public Servant’.
5. “At no time in our national life has radical change become more urgent. And to meet the challenge of that change, we the following progressive political parties, namely ACN, ANPP, CPC and APGA, have resolved to merge and become the All Progressive Congress (APC) and offer to our beleaguered people a recipe for peace and prosperity.”
– The Chairman of ACN Merger Contact Committee, Chief Tom Ikimi, who was the spokesman of the coalition at the news conference in Abuja, said with the formation of the new party, the opposition parties would commence the process of registering it with
6. “If you go for a contest, you have the striker; you know Lionel Messi, PDP is Messi in this contest. They (opposition) are not a threat at all.”
– Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, Chairman of the PDP, likened the party to the 4-time World Footballer of the Year while responding to the merger of four opposition parties to form the All progressives Congress (APC).
7. “I am one of those in the PDP praying for the merger to work; it will rationalise Nigerian politics and put an end to riff-raffs and charlatans in government. People have been coming to me to ask me if I am interested in the Presidency and I said yes. I am prepared for The Presidency, I am not an accidental leader; I am prepared for the Presidency, but I won’t comment on when I will run.”
– Governor of Niger state, Babaginda Aliyu, said this at the launch of the el-Rufai’s book, ‘The Accidental Public Servant’.