A lot of statements have been issued and a lot of promises have been made…
With less than 10 days left before the elections start in Nigeria, political parties and their supporters are intensifying their pace aimed at winning the hearts of voters.
The war of words is mainly observed between the 2 key competitors, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressives Congress (APC).
But guess what, this article is NOT about the elections, STILL about politics. Specifically, about some politicians and their quotes that have already made history (but not in a desired way). Some of them were funny, the others – embarrassing and strange…
See our top 8 below:
1. “We want to thank the President for bringing Facebook to Nigeria”
– Information Minister Labaran Maku.
The official dropped this remark December 20, 2010, while speaking during Goodluck Jonathan’s ‘Facebook’ book launch in Lagos. Although Maku tried to thank GEJ for introducing social networking to Nigerian politics, the phrase immediately turned into a social joke.
2. “With all due respect, if Jesus Christ could come to the world and be the chairman of INEC, any election he would conduct will be disputed.” – Olusegun Obasanjo
OBJ said this in 2010 in Abuja reacting to the removal of Professor Maurice Iwu as INEC chairman. Unsurprisingly, he came under fire over the statement as Nigerians accused the former President of blasphemy.
3. “Over 70% of what they call corruption in Nigeria, is mere common theft. – Goodluck Jonathan
This one was shortly tagged “stealing is not corruption”. President said this in May, 2014, during the Presidential Media Chat. Reactions were not long in arriving, as the comment went viral immediately. Twitter and Facebook users joked that now they were relieved to know that there was no corruption among Nigerian politicians… only mere stealing.
4. “God is a democrat, does not support rigging but if you rig and succeed, that means God approves of it.” – Jonah Jang
Plateau State governor made the statement in May, 2013, after having emerged the chairman Nigerian Governors’ Forum. Jang insisted that God helped him defeat his major opponent, Rotimi Amaechi.
5. “Ojukwu is a great man,he died but his manhood lives on” – Patience Jonathan.
Of course Dame Patience put a noble meaning into the word “manhood”, however Internet users did not miss the opportunity to have a good laugh upon hearing it. It is worth mentioning that the First Lady is often attacked in social media over grammatical blunders in her speech.
6. “Go and die” – Edo State Governor Adams Oshiomhole said to a widowed woman
The incident happened as the woman knelt before Oshiomhole begging for her little means of livelihood to be saved. After which he shouted out the infamous phrase.
Not funny at all, which was immediately noticed by Nigerians. The video of the great humiliation surfaced online and got people furious. Soon the governor apologized to the widow, donated N2 million to her and offered help with employment.
7. “My fellow widows…” another pearl from Patience Jonathan as a special treat
This way the First Lady started her speech in March, 2011, as she addressed women who lost their husbands.
8. “I will not die. I drink bottled water. You do not drink bottled water.” – Rotimi Amaechi
Rivers State governor went emptional during his last year’s rally speech held in Port Harcourt.
And now we can only guess what Nigeria will be recalling from the 2015 electoral campaign, years later…
What do you think ?
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