‘I Won’t Make The Mistake Of Running For Third Term’ – The Week In Quotes


In the course of the passing week, the Nigerian media space has been filed with reports stemming from the elections in Kogi and Bayelsa States. 

However, beyond the elections, the world has witnessed various striking events including but not limited to the exit of Pochettino and the emergence of Mourinho as coach of the spurs, as well as the Pope’s groundbreaking visit to Asia.

From all the different events we have witnessed in the passing week, here are some of the outstanding quotes that tend to put things into perspective, even as we step into a new week pregnant with endless possibilities.

1. “I can afford to be reckless because I am not going to ask for anybody’s vote” 

President Muhammadu Buhari clears the air over a third term agenda, saying he can afford to be reckless because he has no plans to remain in power after 2023 elections.

2. “A wave of terror is threatening our democracy.”

Leader of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr. Uche Secondus, says the nation’s democracy is under threat, following the manner in which the November 16th elections in Kogi and Bayelsa States were conducted and the outcomes that followed.

3. “Any request from Buhari will make Nigeria better, we’ll act on it expeditiously.” 

President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, says the Senate is yet to receive any formal request from President Muhammadu Buhari for confirmation of the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr. Ibrahim Magu.

4. “All of them are part of our family. They are our mothers, our brothers, and sisters. Let us not deprive our communities of seeing their faces, their wounds, their smiles, and their lives.” 

Pope Francis at an impassioned mass for tens of thousands of emotional worshippers at a packed Bangkok stadium, urges respect for prostitutes and trafficking victims in a part of the world where sex work is rampant.

5. “The citizens of Israel, all of us, and myself, look up to the elected officials, and first and foremost — to the prime minister”

Attorney-General Avichai Mandelblit speaks on the indictment of Israel’s embattled Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

6. “All that we have seen in all the elections is a steady decline in the efficacy of our elections. I do not know how INEC can accept the figures that came out of those elections.”

Lawmakers representing the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the Senate reject the outcome of Kogi and Bayelsa State elections.

7. “I would have congratulated Governor Yahaya Bello but unfortunately, I cannot because he won no election. What he won was a war waged by him and the Nigerian Police, so I cannot congratulate him.”

The Spokesperson of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Campaign Council, Kogi State, Faruk Adejoh-Audu says he cannot congratulate Kogi State Governor Yahaya Bello because Kogi State was turned into a war field during the Saturday election.

8.“What can I promise? Passion, real passion; Passion for my job, but also passion for my club, that’s the way I have been my entire career.”

Jose Mourinho promises “real passion” following his appointment as Tottenham Hotspur boss on Wednesday after Mauricio Pochettino was sacked by the struggling Premier League club.

9. “Helicopter hovering around Polling units in Lokoja, dropping bullets on innocent, harmless citizens and electorate; and as I speak, yesterday, teargas being fired from this helicopter.”

Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the Kogi West Senatorial District rerun election, Dino Melaye, condemns the results, calling it ‘fictitious’.


‘Sowore Is Yet To Perfect His Bail Conditions’ – The Week In Quotes


Here is what was said and who said what in the public sphere within the course of the passing week.

We are not violating court Orders.

The Department of State Services denies claims that the service is refusing to obey the order of a Federal High Court ordering the release of the convener of #Revolutionnow protest, Mr. Omoyele Sowore.

It is an insult for DSS to say conditions have not been met.

Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Femi Falana, says it is an insult for the Department of State Services to say that it did not receive copies of a Federal High Court order directing it to immediately release pro-democracy campaigner and Publisher of Sahara Reporters.

Indeed there was no attempt to carry out any autopsy on the corpse until we also demanded one from the police before the burial.

Yoruba sociology-cultural organisation, Afenifere expresses displeasure over the manner in which the Nigeria Police Force is handling investigations into the murder of Mrs Olufunke Olakunnrin, daughter its leader, Chief Reuben Fasoranti.

We will stick to time, we will deliver this project by 2022. We will commence actual rehabilitation work in January.

The nation’s refineries, located in Port Harcourt, Warri and Kaduna, will roar to live to refine crude oil at optimum capacity come 2022, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), says.

The effect on the fundamentals of our democracy was extreme.

Britain’s Supreme Court rules as “unlawful” a decision by Prime Minister Boris Johnson to suspend parliament in the run-up to Brexit, saying it was “void and of no effect”.

Truth is Tacha is the cause of her disqualification.

Nigerians react after one of the housemates in the Big Brother Naija reality show, Tacha, was disqualified.

Sweetheart @symply_tacha come home ❤️ U will use this N50,000,000 million naira to EXPAND ur @everythingtacha brand ❤️.

Serial Entrepreneur and Businesswoman, Jaruma has announces a cash prize of 50 million naira to the Port Harcourt based Big Brother housemate, Tacha who was recently disqualified from the reality show.


I Have Received News Of Continued Burning Of Nigerian Shops And Premises’ – The Week In Quotes

Xenophobia: ‘We Are Looking Into The Killing Of Nigerians In South Africa’ -The Week In Quotes

A couple of images on Instagram can have more impact than any speech delivered in this assembly.

El Salvador’s President Nayib Bukele, whose social media savvy helped win him power earlier this year, takes a selfie before his maiden speech at the UN General Assembly, which he called “obsolete” and suggested scrapping.

Those chained are the stubborn ones

Ismaili Mohammed, a man who operates a centre described as a ‘torture house’ in Kaduna State, explains why some of his victims are chained.

Today, the education sector suffers a lot. The 11 million or 12 million children out of school, we owe them that responsibility to do something about them. And that is taking us back to the implementation of the basic education Act.

President of the Senate, Ahmad Ibrahim Lawan, says the Upper Chamber will work to reduce the number of out-of-school children across the country.

We have demonstrated the political will. We will step up with advocacy. Increased access to water for everyone is a target.

President Muhammadu Buhari says his government will increase access to water for Nigerians.

We must admit that as the world grows richer, there are regrettable signals in the World Economic and Political Order. Millions in Africa and around the world remain in abject poverty.

President Muhammdu Buhari at UNGA, calls for action against abject poverty and xenophobia in Africa.

‘I Have Received News Of Continued Burning Of Nigerian Shops And Premises’ – The Week In Quotes


The recent xenophobic attacks in South Africa and the death of Zimbabwe’s President, Robert Mugabe, filled the media space in the passing week.

Here are some of the quotes that stood out in the news within the week in focus.

  1. Received sickening and depressing news of continued burning and looting of Nigerian shops and premises in South Africa by mindless criminals with ineffective police protection. Enough is enough. We will take definitive measures.”

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Geoffrey Onyeama, affirms that indeed Nigerians are being attacked in South Africa.

2. “Yes sir, Nigerian government has boycotted the World Economic Forum holding in Cape Town, South Africa.”

Personal Assistant to the President on New Media, Bashir Ahmad reveals that the Nigerian Government will boycott the World Economic Forum holding in Cape Town, South Africa following attacks on Nigerians and other foreigners

3. “WEF is not the only thing to be boycotted.”

Nigerians react to the government’s decision to boycott the World Economic Forum in South Africa. 

4. “Killing Of Nigerians in South Africa is absolutely unacceptable.”

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo says the attacks on Nigerians in South Africa were reckless.

5. “Zimbabweans suffered for too long under Mugabe.

Zimbabwe’s former colonial ruler Britain on says Zimbabweans had “suffered for too long” under former president Robert Mugabe, reacting to news of his death.

6. “Mugabe was an outstanding national liberation movement leader and politician of Zimbabwe.”

Beijing pays tribute to Zimbabwe’s former leader Robert Mugabe whose death was announced Friday.

7. “In a few months you’ll see me doing something new.”

Cameroon’s four-time African Player of the Year Samuel Eto’o announces his retirement at the age of 38, declaring “I need a rest”.

8. “I’ve decided to retire & have my family.” 

Rap queen Nicki Minaj shocks fans by announcing her retirement from music, saying she was going to focus on family.

9. “I will rather die than delay Brexit.”

Prime Minister Boris Johnson says he would “rather be dead in a ditch” than delay Brexit beyond next month, as he urged opposition lawmakers who oppose his plan to support an early election.

10. “What will I gain if Godwin does not run.” 

The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr Adams Oshiomhole, reacts to the series of allegations against him since the reports of the rift between him and Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State came to light.

11. “Suspend diplomatic ties with South Africa.”

Court Refuses To Order Ekweremadu's Arrest

Former Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, condemns the incessant xenophobic attacks on Nigerians and other African nationals in South Africa, describing it as “un-African, barbaric, and unparalleled acts of ingratitude”.

12. “The house will also authorise legal funding for victims of the attack who wish to take legal action against the perpetrators.”

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Honourable Femi Gbajabiamila says that the House will authorise legal funding for Nigerians who are victims of the recent xenophobic attacks in South Africa.

13. “I will never go to South Africa again.”

In the wake of fresh attacks on Nigerians in South Africa, talented Nigerian artiste, Burna Boy, vows never to visit the country.

14. “Air Peace to evacuate Nigerians from South Africa for free.”

Air Peace Aircraft Collide At Lagos Airport

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs announces that Air Peace Airlines has volunteered to send an aircraft to South Africa from Friday, September 6, to evacuate Nigerians who wish to return to the country, free of charge.

‘We Are Not Mad, We Are Also Not Sycophants’ The Week In Quotes


The passing week has been a very eventful one all over the world, with different events making the news, some tragic, some comedic and others laying in between. 

Below are quotes that give some insight into what we encountered news-wise in the passing week.

1. It became obvious that El-Zakzaky was focused on realising some sinister motives.

Court To Rule On El-Zakzaky's Bail Application August 5

The Federal Government in revealing why the Shiite leader, Ibraheem El-Zakzaky and his wife Zeenat were returned from India, said the misconduct exhibited by the Sheikh necessitated his repatriation.

2. It is glaringly clear that the Nigerian government had an ulterior motive.


The proscribed Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) through its spokesman, Ibrahim Musa, accused the Nigerian Government of ulterior motives in the treatment of its leader, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky.

3. I want the younger generation to take part in sports.

President Muhammadu Buhari who was in Daura, Katsina, urged more young men and women in Nigeria to pursue sporting careers, stressing that this can bring rewarding incomes, promote healthy local and global relationships, and ensure unity.

4. The dynamic changes and things change and now I’m going to count on him like everyone else.

Zinedine Zidane admits that Gareth Bale is back in his plans ahead of Real Madrid’s opening La Liga game of the season against Celta Vigo.

5. It’s like we’ve gone back to the military days where the military will literally bring trailers to the mint and order printing of fresh mints.

Former deputy governor of the CBN and development economist, Dr. Obadiah Mailafia, faults the latest presidential directive to the apex bank, regarding food importation.

6. The Central Bank does not require the formal and explicit approval of the President in order to perform its job.

The presidential candidate of the Young Progressives Congress (YPP) in the 2019 general elections, Professor Kingsley Moghalu criticised the presidential ban on providing foreign exchange for the importation of food.

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7. Those whose activities are killing people in the North-east, saying ‘Allahu Akbar,’ are lying; God is not wicked.

President Muhammadu Buhari again criticises those killing innocent people in the name of Islam.

8. The main aim was not for our stuff to go viral.

A group of teenagers from Kaduna who are on the edge of making a major break into the Nigerian movie industry (Nollywood) with just smartphones, explain that their initial intention was to make a statement for kids within Kaduna.

9. I think you media people, you like to invent things. You create factions in your own image.

Adams Oshiomhole says there is no rift between himself and his successor Governor Godwin Obaseki.

10. Nobody can succeed in undermining Nigeria’s territorial integrity

The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshall Sadique Abubakar, insists that despite the recent attacks in parts of the county, substantial progress has been achieved in the fight against insurgency and banditry.

11. Nigerians are hungry. The economy is bad. We need to move to the next level of economic prosperity

Political analyst, Ken Okolugbo, faults the All Progressives Congress’s style of governance.

12. Africa Has Lost A King

Many stars and fans of Cote D’Ivorain singer, DJ Arafat, take to social media to mourn after the shocking news of his death.

13. We are not mad people who will see (a) good thing and say it’s bad but we are also not sycophants who will see (a) bad thing and say it’s good.

Spokesperson of the Afenifere Renewal Group, Yinka Odumakin, says his criticism of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration is born out of the need to ensure that the government does the right things and lead the nation on the part of development.

14. I think it is critical for people in government to accept that the country is certainly not in a good place at all.

A former Minister of Education, Dr. Obiageli Ezekwesili, warns that Nigeria is edging closer to collapse and the leaders must act to prevent that from happening.