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"I think a lot of players want to leave, I don't think they want to be at this tournament any more because they have seen their death already. Most of the players want to go back to their family. No-one can sleep after what they have seen today. They have seen one of their team-mates have a bullet in his body, who is crying, who is losing consciousness and everything."

Emmanuel Adebayor speaks after his Togo is ambushed by gunmen in Angola.



"At around 9am, I met with the MD and we looked at the options and decided that the best thing to do was to park it like you park a car. Because if it is not parked there will be no energy left to move it but because there was still some energy left, we decided to move it aside and park it in a safe place."

The Nigerian Minister of State for Science and Technology, Dr. Alhassan Zaku describes attempts to rescue Nigeria’s lost satellite.



"We watch with sadness the continuing tragedy in Darfur. Nearer to home we have seen the outbreak of violence against fellow Africans in our own country and the tragic failure of leadership in our neighbouring Zimbabwe."

Former South African leader Nelson Mandela condemning the political violence in Zimbabwe.

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“I want the talks to resume in Juba. I want to go back to the table again [because] I don't want to fight again and I believe talk can end everything.”

Joseph Kony, leader of Ugandan rebel group, Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) signifying his commitment to ending the fighting in his country.

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"We are prepared to negotiate with ZANU-PF, but of course it is important that certain principles must be accepted before the negotiation takes place,"

Zimbabwe opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai speaking on South African radio saying he is prepared to negotiate with President Robert Mugabe's party if pre-election violence is halted.



“There is no electricity. No social security for the poor. No mass transport. No mass housing. Something is terribly wrong with our leaders. Someone, somewhere, must rescue this otherwise great nation, from its deep slumber.”

Dele Momodu, Nigerian journalist deriding the lack of infrastructure in Nigeria despite the country earning billions of dollars annually from oil

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"If he fails to do that, then like with all the others that we have done before, we will go to his doorstep and say, 'we think you have done enough, the time has come for you to move on'."

ANC Youth League Secretary-General Vuyiswa Tulelo, in a threat to ANC Ruling President Jacob Zuma should he fail to "live up to expectations".

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"The Muslim Brothers are too powerful and too representative for there to be either stability or genuine democratisation without finding a way to incorporate them."

International Crisis Group, in a recent report by the think tank group on the political climate of Egypt.

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"It is not true that he looted public treasury, I knew who Abacha was because I was close to him."

Former military ruler OF Nigeria, General Ibrahim Babaginda defending the regime of another former military ruler who has been accused of looting US $2 to $4 billion while in office.

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"The way it has been ruled is responsible for Africa’s underdevelopment,"

Raila Odinga, prime minister of Kenya speaking at World Economic Forum for Africa, in Cape Town.


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“There is no doubt that Zimbabwe is a police state."

Most Reverend Thabo Makgoba, the Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town.

"We agreed there was no way of determining the outcome of the 2007 presidential election, but the facts have to come out,"

Former United Nation Secretary-General Kofi Annan expressing hope that a solution can be found to Kenyan crisis.



"Kanu was captain. He really is my type of player. He came on last week at Newcastle and I've haven't seen anything like it in my life, the skill, the class - he even nutmegged the referee once. He is unbelievable."

The manager of English Premiership side Portsmouth, Harry Reknapp" is ecstatic about the performance of Nigerian International Nwankwo Kanu



"If this verdict against me was issued 1,000 times I will not back down on the idea of criticising Mubarak on the grounds that it is an acquired right of freedom of the press,"

Abdul-Halim Qandil defends his right to criticise the Mubarak Government. He was sentenced to one year imprisonment for suggesting Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak planned to handover power to his son, Gamal Mubarak.



"I'm upset for my country because Fifa is showing no respect for African national sides. We are not important for them."

Fredric Kanoute expresses his displeasure over FIFA's ruling that Kanoute and Malian team mate Mahmadou Diarra should return to their Spanish club sides for the Spanish seasons' final game despite Mali have a competitive game the same weekend.



"I will never be nominated to represent tribalism, regionalism, or racism. I should understand what the nomination is about, I need to know that the nomination is about building a good South Africa, that we go forward with what we have started....I will apply my mind and my answer will be very clear".

Tokyo Sexwale throws his hat into the ring for the race to succeed Thabo Mbeki as South Africa's President



"There is absolutely nothing to talk about the succession issue any more for the next six years because we shall have the president as our leader. He is not going to be succeeded for that period,"

Zimbabwe's State Security Minister Didymus Mutasa attempts to put an end to any speculation on Mugabe's future.



"We call for the dismissal of Prof. Iwu. This is the categorical demand. This is a just demand, for even at the level of incompetence. Forget about the question of partiality or anointing any candidate. The incompetence of Prof. Iwu is the blot on the capabilities of the people of the nation which have been remarked in so many fields throughout the world."

Nigeria's Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka calls for the immediate resignation of head of Nigeria's electoral commission after th

"I presented my resignation to the head of state. The president has not yet responded. My mandate is now in his hands,"

Aristides Gomes, the Prime Minister of Guinea Bissau announces his resignation after he loses support of parliament and faced the prospect of being impeached.



"We are going to see that we create our own African personality and identity. We again rededicate ourselves in the struggle to emancipate other countries in Africa; for our independence is meaningless unless it is linked up with the total liberation of the African continent."

As we celebrate the 50th year of Ghana's Independence we recall the words of Osagyefo Dr Kwame Nkrumah, Ghana's first President.





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