by Ibrahim Faruk
The Super Eagles of Nigeria lifted the African Cup of Nations 2013 trophy and gave some Nigerians a reason to smile during the week; in the Vatican Pope Benedict XVI tendered his resignation; Steven Keshi – head coach of the Super Eagles resigned and then withdrew his resignation in the space of 2 days and of course, Valentines Day topped the headlines this past week.
Here are the top 7 quotes for this week’s round-up.
1. “The Super Eagles who failed to qualify for the last edition of the Nations Cup in 2012 rose to win the cup a year later. Keshi’s transformation agenda has produced positive results, even when not everyone believes in him. This is how it should be.”
-The Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) on Monday through its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, congratulated the Super Eagles on winning the Africa Cup of Nations for the first time in 19 years.
2. “One day you will show me which country rose to real greatness lavishing money on sports but neglecting education + technology.”
– Tolu Ogunlesi – journalist, social worker, newspaper columnist and blogger took to Twitter to voice his opinions over the ‘Naira rain’ on the Super Eagles following their AFCON victory.
3. “I appreciate very much your love and friendship for the people of Nigeria and your work towards bringing a better understanding and peace for the people of Nigeria especially between the two divides of Islam and Christianity and hope that your new office will use the opportunity to help the people of Nigeria in their quest for reconciliation and better understanding and bringing more peace.”
– Emir of Kano, Ado Bayero responds to Justin Welby, the recently installed Archbishop of Canterbury and leader of the Anglican church
worldwide who visited him in London where the emir is currently recuperating after an attack on his life in Kano.
4. “After having repeatedly examined my conscience before God, I have come to the certainty that my strengths, due to an advanced age, are no longer suited to an adequate exercise of the Petrine ministry.”
-Pope Benedict XVI steps down effective from February 28th, 2013 sparking speculations of the possibility of an African or even Nigerian pope to succeed him.
5. “Almost 37 years to the day, all Nigerians celebrated our victorious Super Eagles who to paraphrase Murtala’s words proved that Nigeria ‘has come of age’. I thank God for giving us such a patriot and pray that the labours of our heroes past shall never be in vain.”
-President Goodluck Jonathan in a statement on Thursday on his Facebook page to commemorate the death of the former military Head of State, Murtala Mohammed.
6. “A mind-boggling fiscal misappropriation – Four Billion Naira, no less! – is being attempted in your names – openly, in an attempt to institutionalize an illegality through a debasement of the democratic process. It is no longer secretive but in- your-face, and damn public opinion! Your names have been invoked as the ultimate beneficiaries, and thus, you are vicariously implicated. In the name of St.Valentine and the love I bear for you all, please dissociate yourself from this display of shameless avarice.”
-Prof. Wole Soyinka’s St. Valentine’s Day Card on the Occasion of Women’s March Against Connubial Corruption to The African First Ladies Mission
7. “I am for All Progressives Congress (APC).”
– Former governor of Borno state, Ali Modu Sheriff dispels doubts over which party he has decided to pitch his tent with as the 2015 elections approach.