The killing of the Adamawa State CAN Chairman by Bokon Haram insurgents set the tone for the passing week.
Security debates on what should be done to allay the fears of the masses took the central stage on various platforms.
Towards the end of the week, more conversations held around the Corruption Index which did not put Nigeria in a good light.
From security issues to coronavirus and down to corruption debates, here are some of the major quotes that take us deep into what transpired within the course of the passing week.
1. I thank God my husband did not deny Jesus.
Wife of slain chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Michika local government area of Adamawa State, Rev Lawan Andimi, expresses delight over husband’s faith in the face of terror.
2. Sack all your security chiefs.
Following the recent killing of Reverend Lawan Andimi by Boko Haram terrorists, the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) asks President Muhammadu Buhari to sack all his security chiefs.
3. Is there any hope that our security is guaranteed under this government?
CAN ask about the possibilities that the present government can oust the insurgents in Nigeria’s Northeast.
4. This barbarism is condemnable. We will ensure that these terrorists pay a heavy price for their evil actions.
President Muhammadu Buhari condemns the killing of Reverend Lawan Andimi by Boko Haram terrorists.
5. I never said I’ll probe my predecessors.
Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma, debunks rumors making the rounds suggesting that he plans to probe his predecessors.
6. Reverse this injustice now.
Hundreds of supporters of the Peoples Democratic Party in some states across the nation stage protest against the supreme court ruling that sacked Emeka Ihedioha as the governor of Imo State.
7. It brings me great sadness that it has come to this.
Britain’s Prince Harry expresses “great sadness” at the way he and his wife Meghan had to give up their royal titles as part of a separate settlement with the Queen.
8. China can win battle against coronavirus.
President Xi Jinping says China can “win the battle” against the coronavirus epidemic that has infected over 1,200 people across the country.
9. Having the opportunity to work with the coach again is something I’m really happy about.
Victor Moses speaks on signing for Inter Milan on loan from Chelsea.
10. I’d love to go. I’d sort of love (to) sit in the front row and stare in their corrupt faces.
US President Donald Trump says he would love to attend his impeachment trial in the US Senate.
11. Selective adherence to the rule of law and corruption in political parties were some of the reasons for the poor ranking.
Transparency International ranks Nigeria low on Corruption Index for 2019.
12. The empirical evidence does not support Transparency International’s report.
13. Governments should promote open and meaningful access to decision-making and consult a wider range of groups, beyond well-resourced lobbyists and a few private interests.
Transparency International suggests what Nigeria needs to do to get a better rating in the Corruption Index.
14. I am for restructuring. As long as we have a Constitution, we can only restructure within the current Constitution, as imperfect as it is first.
Elder statesman and former governor of Ogun State, Mr Olusegun Osoba, says Nigeria can only be restructured with the current constitution he described as being imperfect.
15. The midwives of Amotekun have repeatedly acknowledged that theirs is only a contribution towards a crisis of escalating proportions. Other states should be encouraged to emulate, not misread such initiatives, then demonize them by false attributions.
Nobel laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka, replies ex-governor of the old Kaduna State, Balarabe Musa, following his comment that the Western Nigeria Security Network code-named Operation Amotekun would lead to the declaration of Oduduwa Republic.
16. We are afraid because if they don’t tame this monster at the early stage, it is going to be a serious disaster for the country.
The National Secretary, Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, Saleh Alhassan, says his organisation is afraid that if the Amotekun security outfit is allowed to operate, it could turn out to be a disaster for the country.
17. Those who are afraid of Operation Amotekun are criminals.
The spokesperson of the Afenifere Renewal Group, Yinka Odumakin, says those who are afraid of Operation Amotekun are criminals.
18. Those claiming that this limited, inoffensive addition to security threatens the Republic have taken themselves upon a madcap excursion.
All Progressives Congress National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, weighs in on the debate over ‘Operation Amotekun’.
19. Amotekun is going to be a monster which will distort the Southwest by itself because people will take over.
A former Senior Lecturer at the Bayero University in Kano, Dr. Suni Sufi reveals his concerns regarding Amotekun.
20. We will repatriate Alison-Madueke to face financial crime charges.
The acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu gives an assurance that former minister of petroleum Diezani Alison-Madueke will be repatriated before the end of the year to face financial crime charges leveled against her.
21. I think I am a monster.
Daniel Ibeaji the killer of billionaire businessman, late Ignatius Odunukwe, speaks on how the murder was carried out.
22. Ignorance is fueling the tension between Christians and Muslims.
The Emir of Kano, His Royal Highness, Muhammadu Sanusi II believes ignorance is fueling the tension between Christians and Muslims in the country.
23. As a citizen of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, and with the understanding of my constitutional role and duty as a citizen, I am writing to petition the National Assembly on the need to immediately ensure the fundamental reform of the legal framework governing our electoral process in order to safeguard our democracy and to strengthen our democratic institutions.
Professor Kingsley Moghalu, a presidential candidate in the 2019 general elections and a former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), announces the kick-off of the TBAN campaign seeking one million signatures for a petition to the National Assembly regarding fundamental electoral reforms in Nigeria.
24. The war against insurgency may take long but we are capable of handling it.
President Buhari believes the nation will surely put the issues associated with the troubles in the Northeast in order and move ahead, although it might take a bit longer.