by Ibrahim Faruk
Last week, the searchlight was beamed on the North-Eastern states of Borno and Yobe ahead of the first visit of Mr. President to the troubled states. The Sultan of Sokoto called for amnesty for members of the Boko Haram sect but the president was not entirely convinced.
Here are the top 7 quotes for this weeks round-up.
1. “Our recent struggles and victories indicate, to me, that the worst, for us, is over. The time has now come for us to work harder, work more harmoniously and forge ahead with our goals of building great countries that the whole world will be proud to associate with.”
– President Goodluck Jonathan’s address to the parliament of Cote d’Ivoire during an official state visit reaffirmed the need for harmonious relationships and development of both countries.
2. “It does not mean the crisis does not exist, but it sends a strong signal to the insurgents that they have only succeeded in cowing a very few, not all Nigerians and that, indeed, under a purposeful APC government, the conflict will in no time, become history… No part of Nigeria should be a no-go area, especially for the President and the Commander-in-Chief.”
– National Publicity Secretary of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) Alhaji Lai Mohammed, in a statement on Sunday following the visit of APC governors to Borno and the planned visit of the President to Borno and Yobe states.
3. “We have been hearing about terrorism every where every day, I want to use this opportunity to say that we have heard in the news that Mr. President will be visiting Maiduguri in a couple of days. We want to use this opportunity to call on the government especially Mr. President to see how he can declare total amnesty to all combatants without thinking twice, that will make any other person who picks up arms to be termed as a criminal, if the amnesty is declared the majority of those young men who have been running would come out and embrace that amnesty and some of them have already come out because we have heard some of the stories in the papers.”
– The Sultan of Sokoto and President-General of the Jama’atu Nasril Islam(JNI), Alhaji Mohammad Saad Abubakar called on the Federal Government to grant amnesty to members of the Boko Haram sect as a way of ending the insurgency in Northern Nigeria. The Sultan spoke on Tuesday in Kaduna at the opening ceremony of the meeting of the Central Council of the JNI.
4. “In 2012, the Federal Government generated 195,534 new jobs from the various contracts awarded by the FEC. It is the practice that ministers must say how many jobs they will create through contracts before they are approved by the council.”
– Minister of Information, Mr. Labaran Maku, disclosed this at the end of the weekly Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting on Wednesday.
5. “Some commentators and public figures have wrongly pointed accusing fingers at me for inciting post-election violence. Nothing could be further from the truth. I have been a public servant all my adult life: a soldier, a federal minister, a state governor and the head of state. My duty is to Nigeria first and foremost. Post-election violence was triggered by the grossest injustice of election rigging and accompanying state high-handedness.”
– Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (rtd.), the CPC leader and three time presidential aspirant, said this while delivering a keynote address at the Africa Diaspora Conference in London.
6. “You cannot declare amnesty for ghosts… In the Niger Delta, if you call them, they come and they will tell you their grievances. But Boko Haram, I don’t see anybody who says they are Boko Haram.”
– President Goodluck Jonathan in a two-day official visit to Yobe and Borno states declared that the Federal government cannot declare amnesty for ‘ghosts’.
7. “The Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi more than anyone knows that my speech stated that the Foreign Reserves was $45b and not the ‘$67b Foreign Reserves’ they have been quoting to paint the picture of ‘false accusation’ and hence manipulate and distract everyone… He knows that they are distorting the point of my article by using their ‘straw number’ of $67b which I did not use in my speech. My speech stated $45b Foreign Reserves and $22b ECA and he, more than anyone knows that Excess Crude Account is a sub-set of Foreign Reserve.”
– Oby Ezekwesili, former minister of Education and World Bank Vice President for Africa in a statement accuses Central Bank Governor Sanusi Lamido Sanusi of falsehood in responding to her allegations of government’s reckless squandering of foreign reserves.