by Kolapo Olapoju
1. “We are Nigerians but not one Nigeria; what brings us together is oil. The North wants to use insecurity excuse to push out our own. One thing I can assure you is that though I am retired, I am not tired. We can go back to the struggle. We own the resources and they are saying we do not have the right to rule. I will assure you that we must collect our oil back. If they take back power from us, we will take back our oil. Let us fight this last fight and I tell you the Devil is a liar.”
– Former militant leader, Mujahideen Asari-Dokubo, during the meeting of Niger Delta militant leaders, which was hosted by the Bayelsa State Governor Seriake Dickson on Friday, January 23.
2. “I can tell you from our own integrity test and from our own knowledge of the security features that we put in place, it is virtually impossible to hack into our system. It does not stop people from trying but we believe they will not succeed. Hacking is possible if your data is on line; our data is not online.”
– The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof. Attahiru Jega, while speaking at a Townhall meeting hosted by BBC, assured Nigerians of the impregnable database of the commission, which he says can’t be hacked.
3. “I doubt that ethnic confrontations can be eradicated altogether in the foreseeable future. Expectation of that is utopian. But a true federation by which government is brought closer to the people would be a very healthy start.”
– Peter Enahoro, while preferring possible steps the country could take to avoid ethnic conflicts.
4. “Now that the former Head of State has a formidable nation-wide support behind him; from the Asiwaju Bola Tinubu-led influential South-West political machinery, to the five former PDP governors like Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State and Rabiu Kwankwaso of Kano State who defected to APC and the latest endorsement from retired Generals, it must be a very desperate if not panicky PDP that has resorted to frantic measures to either stop Buhari from contesting or to change the massive tide of support against him.”
– Steve Ayorinde comments on the chances of Muhammadu Buhari at the upcoming polls and also the support base which has given his campaign a boost. He made the assertions in a piece titled; “Buhari, Fayose and the odious death wish”.
5. “Yoruba people are insisting that the change that must occur must include some assurances that never again should the issue of equity amongst Nigerian nationalities be blatantly sacrificed as federal government has done in recent times.”
I Wale Oshun, leader of Afenifere Renewal Group, (ARG) while requesting a public commitment to restructuring of Nigeria’s governance structure from the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Muhammadu Buhari.
6. “I think the President needs to agree that he failed Nigeria and we cannot give him our key anymore. He needs to go back home so we can try another driver. We don’t want him to crash the vehicle because I am a passenger in that vehicle and you are also passengers in that vehicle. Better to remove one driver so that the passengers can remain on the road.”
– Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole, speaks on the alleged plot by the Peoples Democratic Party-led Federal Government to postpone the 2015 General Elections.
7. “The Minister of Finance comes from a little village in Bayelsa. One day, government workers came to tar all the roads in the village. The next day, they connected the village to the national grid, so there is now electricity there. The day after that, they came to sink three boreholes in the village. Why are they doing all this? They are doing it because the Minister of Finance comes from the village. They are doing this for the sake of the minister.”
– Words of scholar and international affairs expert, Pastor Femi Aribisala, in his latest piece; “For Christ’s Sake”.