Quotes by Nigerian authors


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"Magic becomes art when it has nothing to hide"
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"You see, I was told stories, we were all told stories as kids in Nigeria. We had to tell stories that would keep one another interested, and you weren't allowed to tell stories that everybody else knew. You had to dream up new ones"
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"The fact of storytelling hints at a fundamental human unease, hints at human imperfection. Where there is perfection there is no story to tell"
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"The greatest religions convert the world through stories"
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"We will not, on the altar of money, mortgage our conscience, mortgage our faith, mortgage our salvation"
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"We have been filled with grief as we have witnessed the decline of the North American Church that was once filled with missionary zeal and yet now seems determined to bury itself in a deadly embrace with the spirit of the age"
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"The Bible says that two cannot walk together unless they are agreed"
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"We are distressed by the unilateral actions of those provinces that are clearly determined to redefine what our common faith was once"
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"It is wrong to use equal language for unequal actions"
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"We are insisting and we will continue to insist that this faith of the church must continue to be upheld come rain, come fire. That is our position"
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"I believe that historians and analysts of historical events need the authority of facts supplied by living witnesses to the events, which they make their subject"
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"A society that does not correctly interpret and appreciate its past cannot understand its present fortunes and adversities and can be caught unawares in a fast changing world"
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"For as long as our people are held hostage by controllable socio-economic forces, we cannot afford to be indifferent to the ravages of poverty in all its dimensions and ramifications"
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"Each one of us, and, indeed, all those who aspire to national leadership must bring their own visions, views and styles to the business of reforming Nigeria, and the search for solutions"
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"Democracy opens new vistas and opportunities. We should use the opportunities it offers to correct past mistakes not to blunder anew"
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"We have established a new basis in our country in which economic liberalization would continue to flourish alongside democratic forces and deregulated power structure"
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"There are no doubts that, the situation in the country today, indicates that there is much more work to do in the process of reforming the political economy and improving the quality of life of our people and communities"
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"Our approach to economic development must be modern, focused and in tune with the global trend"
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"The return of democracy in our land has indeed thrown the problems of development into bolder relief"
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"Our choice of a reform framework dictated that we looked at the fundamental assumptions that had driven Nigeria's economy, society and policy hitherto and to seek ways of either abandoning or transcending those assumptions and their supporting institutions"
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"It is only through books that we partake of the great harvest that is human civilization across the ages"
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"Informed by our sad experience of history, we require nothing short of a foundation for lasting democracy"
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"If you ask me to summarise our mission, I would put it this way: We were a military regime that sought to lay the foundations for freedom and liberty in a complex society"
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"With each new book, the march of our national history takes a step forward. When one is present at a book launch, one is bearing witness to the birth of a new body of ideas, to the coming into being of another testimony of history"
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"To meet the expectations of the majority of our people, and to open up new vistas of economic opportunity so that the aspirations of Nigerians can stand a fair chance of being fulfilled in a lifetime, there must be a truly committed leadership in a democratic Nigeria"
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"The work of Nigeria is not complete for as long as there is any one Nigerian who goes to bed on empty stomach"
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"The challenge as we saw in the Nigerian project was to restructure the economy decisively in the direction of a modern free market as an appropriate environment for cultivation of freedom and democracy and the natural emergence of a new social order"
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"The average Nigerian person has come to reconcile himself with the fact that his or her social progress remain essentially in his or her hands in collaboration with other fellow Nigerians and not merely relying on what government alone could provide for him or her"
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"Even now, we make no apologies for the choice we made. The sacrifices we made were selfless. The options we offered were patriotic while the paths we chose were well thought out"
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"Debate and divergence of views can only enrich our history and culture"
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