The month of June has been highly power packed especially with regards to the media.
It is a month that saw a lot of stories about the agitation for Biafra and the scramble to keep the unity of Nigeria.
However, beyond the political stories that have shook Nigeria to its very foundations, there is a story of the billionaire-kidnapper popularly known as Evans.
From his arrest to the series of investigations, the story Evans has remained thick in the media, even as Nigerians watch keenly as to know what the end of the case will be.
That said, below are 19 major quotes from events that really made their mark in the media, even as Nigerians continue to engage in the debate about the fragile peace of this very nation.
1. "The federal government won’t be there to save us when problem starts"
Some Igbos resident in the north have already begun relocating to other parts of Nigeria, following the quit notice issued by the Coalition of Northern Youths.
Though the directive has now been rescinded, barely a week ago, the Coalition of Northern Youths had given all Igbos resident in the north a three month directive to vacate the region, and also asked Hausas in the east to return back to their places of origin.
2. "This visit is not just a courtesy call; It is in continuation of America’s vision and mission"
The United States of America has spoken about Nigeria as the latter continues to battle with agitations from the south-eastern part of the country for secession. According to the US ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Stuart Symington, the foreign country and one of the world powers would continue to support Nigeria’s unity. Read more: https://www.naij.com/1110896-us-declares-support-nigerias-unity-tension-continues-biafra.html
3. "There is no Nigeria without Igbos"
Femi Arbisala, he examines the role Igbos have played in the development of the country, concluding they alone have made the country what it is today.
4. "I believed him. I don’t know what went wrong”
Chukwumeme Onwuamadike who is popularly known as Evans has revealed that he would not have been arrested if his charms had not failed him at the last minute.
The billionaire kidnapper whose arrest sparked public commendation for the gallant work of the police said he didn’t know what went wrong with his charm that made it possible for the police to apprehend him.
5. "It is time to negotiate with Kanu"
Governors on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) have asked the federal government to commence negotiations with all agitators in Nigeria.
According to the governors, this would help quell the continued agitations across major parts of the country.
6. "We are all brothers and sisters born from the womb of mother Nigeria"
Nigeria's former president, Goodluck Jonathan has weighed in on the ethnic tension following an ultimatum issued to the Igbos in the north to leave the region by a Northern youth forum.
7. "I feel very bad because I did not know if he was doing all these or not"
More sordid details are emerging about the life of millionaire kidnapper Chikwudubem Onwuamadike aka Evans.
His wife Precious speaking in a recent interview revealed that she could not believe all that she had heard about her husband, she said she did know he was a criminal because he presented himself as a God fearing man who always led the family in prayer. In fact, his favorite bible verse is Psalm 23.
8. "My husband's health is not as bad as perceived"
Nigeria’s First Lady, Dame Aisha Buhari has returned from London where she went to visit the president who is on a medical vacation.
9. "The Igbo of Eastern Nigeria manifested their hatred for Nigeria’s unity barely five years after we gained our independence"
Despite the hues and cries that greeted the three months quit notice given to Igbos by Arewa Youth Consultatives Forum (AYCF), a Coalition of Northern Youths has written a letter to the Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, begging him to allow Ndigbo to go and have their Biafra Republic.
10. "We are in a marriage and must learn to live in peace"
Acting president, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, has described Nigeria’s union as that of a marriage that occasionally has to deal quarrels but it is important for them to make up.
This Day reports that the acting president spoke in Ibadan at the wedding reception for the daughter of former interim national chairman of All Progressives Congress, Chief Bisi Akande.
11. "We knew the possible consequences of handing over to a democratic government"
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For the first time since the annulment of June 12, 1993 presidential election won by the late business mogul, Bashorun MKO Abiola, former military president, General Ibrahim Babangida, has given a reason for the annulment.
He said he was compelled to nullify the election because of security threats to the enthronement of a democratic government at that time.
12. "Stop revealing all information about billionaire kidnapper"
A Ghanaian lawmaker, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, has advised the Nigerian police to desist from publicising all information about notorious kidnapper, Evans.
NAIJ.com gathered that Ablakwa said the Inspector General of Police is making it difficult for Ghana police to trace other members of Evans syndicate if everything Evans said is being put on television for all to see.
13. "This needs a painstaking investigation"
The Lagos state Command of the Nigeria Police Force has raised the alarm that it is being pressured to release arrested billionaire kidnap kingpin Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike alias Evans.
14. "We are not part of your Biafra"
The Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) worldwide has lashed out at the Movement for the Actualisation of a Sovereign State Of Biafra (MOASSOB) for including the Niger Delta region in its Biafra map.
MASSOB and other pro-Biafra group have been agitating for an independent Biafra state and has insisted that the Niger Delta region was part of its territory.
15. "The northern youths are voicing out their anger and frustration over the irresponsible behaviour of Igbo youths and elders"
The spokesman of Northern Elders Forum (NEF), Prof. Ango Abdullahi, has justified the order issued by a coalition of northern youths to the Igbo to vacate the northern region in three months.
16. "If this is the Biafra, God forbid!"
Following his release on bail from Kuje Prison, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra group (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu has attained demigod status as his followers now almost seem to worship him.
NAIJ.com gathered that there are reports that a sculptor is erecting a statue in honour of him, somewhere in Owerri, Imo state.
However, not many are happy with this new demagogic status he has attained and some took to Twitter to vent their displeasure.
17. "Osinbajo is appointing only Yorubas and Christians"
Some Northern leaders have lambasted the acting president for what they describe as sectional appointments. Northern leaders in the past weeks, have been grumblings about the acting president's appointments.
18. "Buhari’s government is for criminals"
Senator Dino Melaye has described the current administration as that of criminocracy which he defined as a government of the criminals, by the criminals and for the criminals.
Vanguard reports that the Kogi senator made this comment at the 2017 Nigeria Democracy Day Lecture organized by the Save Democracy Group Africa (SDG-Africa) in Abuja.
Melaye said the appointment of inexperienced people into government was largely responsible for the bad records in the first two years of Buhari’s administration.
19. "The second Nigeria civil war will be about freedom"
Events of the times suggest that Nigeria must apply caution in its political and economic dealings. Calls for a referendum and the agitation for secession are all pointers to a fracture core.
The centre is threatening not to hold, and Fani Kayode in this opinion piece, tends to point out why the fragile peace of the nation might be snuffed out completely.
Below is a NAIJ.com TV production in which Nigerians air their views on how Evans the kidnapper should be dealt with.