Top 15 infamous statements by prominent Nigerian leaders

This is Nigeria, a blessed country in terms of material and human resources. A land where anything is acceptable whether good or bad. A great land where the masses suffer for the mistakes of their leaders who get honoured for looting from the state treasury. The village towncrier has chosen to take a look at the various infamous statements made by some eminent Nigerians during the fierce contest for the nation's national cake all in the name of politics.

Topping my list is General Muhammadu Buhari (RTD).
1. General Muhammadu Buhari
 In 2011, he said the People's Democratic Party (PDP) used corpers to rig the election for Goodluck Jonathan. This single statement led to the persecution of corpers in the northern states. Over 15 corpers died at the end of the day.  No apology till date.
Furthermore, he made further threats.
In his words:

 ''I will make Nigeria ungovernable for Goodluck Jonathan'' Many traced the birth of Boko haram to this statement. Respect to Buhari, he is now the masses choice in Nigeria today.

2) President Goodluck Ebele 'Azikiwe' Jonathan

Our outgoing president made a lot of laughable statements unexpected of his position but I will just pick two in order not to bore you.

In 2014 & 2015, he reiterated that "There is no corruption but mere stealing in
Nigeria" Nigerian leaders are corrupt, what they do isn't stealing.

Furthermore, on the 9th of January, 2015, President Jonathan accused Buhari of his inability to remember his personal phone number.
In his words;
Is it now that Buhari cannot even remember his own phone number that he can change the
economy of the country. Jonathan asked.

(3) Elder Goodsay Orubebe
The fever generated by the eagerness of Nigerians about the outcome collation of the
presidential election results in Abuja inched to its peak on Tuesday 31st of March 2015, when the Peoples Democratic Party’s agent, Godsday Orubebe, caused a row at the venue. This was indeed shameful for a man of his high repute. In his words:
Jega we have lost confidence in you. Jega has nothing to say here he did not come
here before he did something about Rivers State,
let him go to his office. I will not leave here.

4) Femi Fani Kayode
Fani-Kayode has made a variety of statements about the APC and its leader. Consequently  the party leadership even threatened to drag him to court. He made numerous controversial statements but I will list a few.
They are:
"APC Presidential candidate, Muhammadu Buhari has prostate cancer, acute asthma
and is suffering from dementia".

" Bola Tinubu is sick and Lai Mohammed wears pampers"
The latter is quite hilarious. Political comedy at its peak.
"Buhari's election campaign is being funded by ISIS".

5) Oba Rilwan Akiolu of Lagos
You all  heard the shocking audio of the Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu, stating that Igbos
in Lagos state would perish in the lagoon if they fail to to vote for APC governorship candidate, Akinwumi Ambode in the governorship elections. In his words:

  On Saturday, if anyone of you goes against Ambode who I picked, that is your end. If it doesnt happen within seven days, just know that I am a bastard and it is not my father who gave birth to me.

Jonathan is my son and I speak to him
every day. By the grace of God, I am the owner of Lagos for the time being. This is an undivided
chair. The palace belongs to the dead and those coming in the future.

On Saturday, if anyone of you, I swear in the name of God, goes against my wish that Ambode will be the next governor of Lagos State, the person is going to die inside this water.
Im not ready to beg you. Nobody knew how I picked Ambode. Jimi (Agbaje) is my blood
relation and I told him that he cannot be governor in Lagos for now. The future belongs to
God. I am not begging anybody, but what you people cannot do in Onitsha, Aba or anywhere,
don’t  do it here.
If you do what I want, Lagos will continue to be prosperous for you. If you go against my wish, you will perish in the water.

6) Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State
Controversial Fayose sponsored a death advertorial on a newspaper for Buhari. This raised so much tension in the country and till date he feels so unrepentant about it. In his words:

“…again, I say it that Buhari is too old and spent to lead Nigeria. The health of all of us who have stepped into the leadership space is nothing personal to us anymore as it has implications on
the polity.

Furthermore, Ekiti State Governor Ayo Fayose also claimed the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari, traveled to London for medical check-up, on Monday, February 23, 2015 took some journalists to the Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja, to show that the Buharis interview by Kemi Fadojutimi on All
Eyes on Africa TV was actually held in Nigeria and not in the UK as claimed by the APC.

7) Mujaheed Asari Dokubo
Former militant and leader of the Niger Delta Peoples Volunteer Force (NDPVF), Mujahid Asari-Dokubo, on Sunday 9, 2013 declared that President Goodluck Jonathan’s presidential ambition in 2015 was already settled, as his Niger Delta compatriots would not succumb to any force opposed to its full actualization.

There would be blood in the streets if Mr. Jonathan is not re-elected president in the 2015
election, the militant leader threatened. In his words:
My support for Jonathan will be biased, because charity begins at home. Monkey no
fine, but im mama like am. Goodluck, na my person. 2015 is already a settled matter.
Goodluck Jonathan would be President in 2015.
Whether they contest or they don’t. If they say the blood of the dogs and the baboons will
be soaked in the streets, or salt water in the streets, we will help them in blood in the
 Well Jonathan lost and Asari shed blood, yes the blood of a big chicken for his rice and stew meal loool

8) Dame Patience Jonathan
The first lady has been a comical figure on the political scene. Patience had, while campaigning
for her husband in Calabar, Cross River State on the 2nd of March 2015, told the supporters of the PDP to stone anyone canvassing for 'change' in the state. In her words:
Anybody that come and tell you change, stone that person. Anybody that come and tell you he will change, stone that person".
 She was charged to the International Criminal Court (ICC) but nothing has been heard about the case.

9) Governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers state
Mr. Rotimi Amaechi,  accused the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the state who is also the Governor-elect, Chief Nyesom Wike, of giving $1m (about 200 million Naira) monthly to the wife of the President, Mrs. Patience Jonathan.
In his words, the governor said,
 Do you know that the PDP governorship candidate, Nyesom Wike, has been giving one million dollars monthly to the wife of the President, Mrs Patience Jonathan? He has
been doing this to gain political favour in the Presidency and to retain the favour''.

10) Governor Raji Fashola
Reports say that Governor Fashola pointed an accusing finger at President Jonathan over the success of the popular Lekki bank robbery. According to Fashola, the president’s planned
visit to Lagos led to a low number of available policemen on hand to take on the armed
robbers. In his words:
Because Jonathan was coming to Lagos, all the vehicles and police in Lagos were sent to be on standby for him, and there was no available not enough to stop the
robbery at Ikoyi-Lekki link bridge .

11) Guru Maraji
A lot of people will frown at his presence on this list. Pls pardon me and read with love. Dailypost reports that Guru Maharaji , in a bid to forewarn the All Progressives Congress, advised the party and its presidential candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd), to forget Nigeria’s presidency.
"There is no vacancy for Buhari at Aso Rock, he declared in a statement. Guru
Maharaji  continued by saying,  President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan is the verifiable divine
choice of the forthcoming presidential election. As the Living Perfect Master of creation in
whose hands the fate of Nigerian project lies spiritually, I declare divinitys decision to return
Jonathan to Aso Rock over Muhammadu Buhari.

I had publicly and sufficiently advised Buhari against nursing the ambition to rule Nigeria
again. Superior forces are actually in-charge of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. I am at the
helm of these great and unseen primordial powers of creation.

12) Prophet T.B Joshua
In another attempt to clear his name and image of his church from allegations,
Pastor T.B. Joshua published the new video explaining that his church’s guesthouse collapse was  a controlled demolition. The tragedy dating back to September 12 occurred when the building belonging to the Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN) suddenly fell down leaving more than one hundred people dead and many injured.
After he had left the prayer mountain, the same aircraft was sighted hovering around the church premises by 11.30am, about 40 feet from the building. After hovering the first time,
it came back five minutes later and 9 minutes later. It continued like this four times. The
CCTV got it very clear, because it is all over the church premises. It was after the fourth time
that the building collapsed and the aircraft never came back.

13) Pastor Mathew Ashimolowo
 Senior Pastor of Kingsway International Christian Centre (KICC). He said;

For Nigeria, the Lord showed me, who will win the election. I will not mention his name,
because I have to be politically neutral. But when the presidents name is announced, 20
percent of a certain part of the nation will not agree. Eventually, after negotiation they will.
We will agree that we’re one.

14) Pastor David Oyedepo
Although he openly supported President Jonathan and also prayed for him in his church with his entire congregation. The statement below is yet to be vividly attributed to him. There is no video or audio evidence.

"We will open the gate of hell on those who oppose President Jonathan"

15) Olusegun Obasanjo
Obasanjo, who was reacting to the controversies generated over the school certificate of General Buhari said:
I see Buhari as the next President and Jonathan is aware of that (Its so amazing how some few people can just decide the fate of a country of over 170 million people in the confines of their houses. The above statement has a huge gravity if adequately weighed).

Even Jonathan did not finish his PhD course but when it was presented we stated that, it does not matter but many people do not know because it was PDP thing.

N.B: This post is strictly my personal view which i am entitled to by virtue of being a human being. They shouldn't be termed as hate comments of defamatory statements on the individuals involved. 


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About Osahon

I'm a journalist and a Political Scientist undergoing a doctoral programme focused on media, democracy and governance in Africa. My mission is to uphold the role of the media as the 'fourth estate of the realm' and also tell the Nigerian Story to the world. You can contact me on Phone number: +2347053302356.
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