Saturday, February 17, 2018

Reuben Abati

    To NatGeo: A story idea on Nigerian animals

To NatGeo: A story idea on Nigerian animals

Dear Editor, NatGeo,I am a great fan of your magazine, National Geographic, and your sister platform, National Geo Wild, and your coverage of natural history, particularly the behaviour of animals in the wild.  I must commend you and your organization for the high level of commitment, attentiveness to details and professionalism consistently and habitually displayed in your various reports both [...]

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    Of drowning men and national security

Of drowning men and national security

Jimoh Moshood, the current Police Public Relations officer in Abuja is probably the most unprofessional occupier of that office since 1999. His lack of professionalism and ready capacity to perpetually say the wrong thing at the right time is the reason why he should be relieved forthwith of that important position. He obviously loves the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim [...]

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    What exactly is Babangida saying?

What exactly is Babangida saying?

The drama, the controversy, the confusion, the double entendre, attended by seeming cowardice, that grew around a statement, perhaps the statements, purportedly issued by former military President Ibrahim Babangida on Sunday, February 4, is absolutely unnecessary, unfortunate and utterly avoidable. A statesman, the new role in which President Babangida has since found himself, is a father of the nation –more [...]

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    Obasanjo and the extent of presidential powers

Obasanjo and the extent of presidential powers

More than a week after President Olusegun Obasanjo released his state of the nation commentary and devastating assessment of the Buhari administration, it has remained the main subject in the public arena in Nigeria. It is a measure of the stature, influence and capacity of the elder statesman that whenever he intervenes as he has done, he sets the tone [...]

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    Aisha Buhari: The critic in the other room

Aisha Buhari: The critic in the other room

Mrs Aisha M. Buhari, the wife of President Muhammadu Buhari is probably the most loved person in Nigeria today, especially by critics of her husband’s administration. She first came to our notice in this regard when in the course of her ailing husband’s medical vacation in London, she famously declared through BBC Hausa Service that the Buhari administration had been [...]

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    The season of recanting

The season of recanting

“I wish I could travel to the US right now”“Why? Why not wait till summer time?”“No, I feel like going there physically to tell President Donald Trump exactly how I feel about the statements he has been making about the black world.”“You don’t need to go to the US to do that. Follow him on twitter and tell him what [...]

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    Buhari: Between yesterday and tomorrow

Buhari: Between yesterday and tomorrow

I wrote the following piece, presented in italics, shortly after the postponement of the 2015 Presidential elections. It is important that the reader approaches it with an open mind, with an understanding of the context of its construction. The piece, titled “Buhari’s One Chance Campaign” never got published. One of my colleagues to whom I showed it advised against its [...]

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    Father Mbaka and the voice of God

Father Mbaka and the voice of God

"I do not believe in my mind that the way things are in Nigeria, any Catholic priest has the mandate to decide which of the political contestants should be voted for. I don’t believe a priest should be doing that…If he was in my archdiocese, I will have sanctioned him long ago for the kind of utterances he makes.” – [...]

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    Liberia: The rise of George Weah

Liberia: The rise of George Weah

George Weah’s emergence as Liberia’s President-elect after the December 26 run-off election generated considerable interest among Nigerians for a number of reasons. Number one is George Weah’s popularity. The first African footballer to win the Ballon D’or, FIFA Player of the Year, three-time African Footballer of the Year, ex-Monaco, ex-Paris Saint-Germain, ex-AC Milan, Chelsea, Manchester City, former protégé of Arsene [...]

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    Olusegun Obasanjo, PhD

Olusegun Obasanjo, PhD

Perhaps in the long run, the most remarkable legacy of the Nigerian leader known as Olusegun Obasanjo would be his personal example, in terms of the manner in which he continues to creatively reinvent himself and the Renaissance quality and force of his achievements. In addition to all that we already know about him, Obasanjo last week bagged a Ph.D [...]

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    PDP convention: The aftermath

PDP convention: The aftermath

The elective Convention of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that took place at the Eagle Square in Abuja on Saturday, December 9, was a charade and an anti-climax. Everyone who had been a witness to the travails of the once-upon-a-time ruling party which lost power to the All Progressives Congress in 2015 – viz, the humiliation, the victimization of the [...]

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    Libya: No brother in the jungle

Libya: No brother in the jungle

Arab countries have a tradition of slavery dating back to centuries. This has persisted despite the existence of international conventions and legal frameworks classifying slavery as a crime against humanity. The current situation in Libya, involving slavery and human trafficking, has been brought to global attention because we now live in the age of communication where nothing good or bad [...]

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    Atiku, Atikulation and other stories

Atiku, Atikulation and other stories

"I hear say Atiku don port oh, from APC to God knows where…”“He used to be a Customs officer.  Going from one port to another should not be an issue or a problem for him. It is in the nature of Customs officials to go from one port to another. When they train Customs officials, they train them to just [...]

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    Go, Mugabe, go

Go, Mugabe, go

Since August, I have been the anchorperson of a programme on television called ThisDay Live where we discuss political matters - local and global. The programme is available on Arise News TV at 6pm, 9pm and sometimes at midnight every Sunday. Two days ago, we discussed the situation in Zimbabwe, the elections in Anambra, Nigeria’s decision to hire Malaysian experts [...]

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    Baba, Maina, Idris and other stories

Baba, Maina, Idris and other stories

"I hear say our Sai Baba don return from Turkey” “Did you hope that he would stay there permanently? He went for the D-8 meeting, and he is bound to return.” “D-8 meeting. I have been thinking about it. We are supposed to be a secular country but internationally, we have continued to engage with Muslim countries. We belong to the Organisation [...]

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    Abati didn’t write that

Abati didn’t write that

I had dedicated Saturday, October 21, to two important events: attending to family duties and participating in a farewell funeral party in Abeokuta in honour of a doughty elderly woman whose paths and mine crossed for many seasons.She was the mother of a childhood friend, who became the mother of many others because she was a dependable ally in [...]

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