Sunday, June 16, 2019

Reuben Abati

    America and the man-no-be-wood Nigerian lawmakers

America and the man-no-be-wood Nigerian lawmakers

There has been no shortage of controversy and hair-raising incidents from the 8thNational Assembly of Nigeria, but nothing breaks the heart more than the name-them-shame-them letter that has been sent to the Speaker of the House of Representatives by the US Ambassador in which he accused three Nigerian lawmakers of sexual misconduct during an April 7-13, 2016 participation in the [...]

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    Dis Fela Sef!: He lives

Dis Fela Sef!: He lives

On the occasion of his 80th birthday, Benson Idonije, who is arguably Nigeria’s most informed analyst of jazz music and an enthusiastic promoter of popular culture and music has released for public review and consideration an absolutely well-informed biography of Fela, the Afro-beat music maestro. The book is a useful contribution in my opinion. But the first thing I noticed- signposted [...]

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    June 12 annulment: Babangida’s final error

June 12 annulment: Babangida’s final error

This day, June 12 will always be remembered by those who have defied the culture of silence and conspiracy against a significant moment in Nigerian history, to remind us of how today, 23 years ago, the battle against the exit of the military from power was fought at the ballot by a determined Nigerian people. It is indeed sad that [...]

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    The national brain in recession

The national brain in recession

“Have you eaten today? If not, let me show you this new restaurant. Good food, the service girls specially attractive, the Madam herself is quite friendly.”“What are you proposing: the food, the service girls or the Madam? Sorry to disappoint you, I am fasting.”“When did you become a Muslim?”“Is it only Muslims that fast? Fasting is good for everyone’s spirit [...]

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    Muhammad Ali, the Greatest (1942-2016)

Muhammad Ali, the Greatest (1942-2016)

Muhammad Ali, who died late Friday evening aged 74, was one of the greatest icons of the 20th century, one of the world’s greatest boxers of all time, and certainly in his time, and during the era that he dominated the ring, the greatest among his contemporaries, the inimitable master of his game. The polyvalent nature of his talent: athlete, [...]

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    Tomato scarcity as metaphor

Tomato scarcity as metaphor

One of the major news items in circulation has been the scarcity of tomato. Incidentally, Nigeria is (was) the 14th largest producer of tomato in the world and the second largest producer in Africa, after Egypt, but our country hardly produces enough to meet the local demand of about 2.3 million tonnes, and lacks the capacity to ensure an effective storage [...]

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    The Niger Delta Avengers  

The Niger Delta Avengers  

Niger Delta Avengers is the name of a new group of militants in the Niger Delta who claim to be different from the former agitators and militants who operated between 2006 and 2009, largely under the umbrella of the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND). The title of this group may well serve as the thematic and [...]

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    Deregulation and the politics of public policy

Deregulation and the politics of public policy

This thing called democracy, particularly the Nigerian brand, never ceases to throw up new and intriguing lessons about the relationship between government and the people, and the larger, complex socio-political environment. I had gone to Lagos on an assignment in the last two days of the year 2011, when around midnight I received a phone call from someone close to [...]

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    Social media and the English language

Social media and the English language

I get confused these days reading many of the posts on social media, and text messages sent through cell phones, because of the kind of new English that young people now write. The English language is without doubt quite dynamic. In the last 200 years, it has lent itself to many innovations, as cultural, religious, and situational codes have transformed [...]

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    We all know Nigeria is ‘fantastically corrupt’

We all know Nigeria is ‘fantastically corrupt’

“We have got the leaders of some fantastically corrupt countries coming to Britain… Nigeria and Afghanistan, possibly the two most corrupt countries in the world”, UK Prime Minister David Cameron was caught on tape telling the Queen ahead of the anti-corruption summit organized by the UK Government, this week, which was attended by Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari. This diplomatic gaffe [...]

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    The cost of national depression

The cost of national depression

“I hear the World Bank says Nigeria is now the worst place to do business in the entire world.”“I don’t believe it.”“I also hear that of the 15 fastest growing economies in Africa, Nigeria is no longer on the list.”“ I say I don’t believe that. And stop hearing bad things.”“We are not even in the top 10 of the [...]

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    May Day, Tiwa Savage, her husband and Nigeria

May Day, Tiwa Savage, her husband and Nigeria

“Ol’boy, man don see something oh.”“Wetin you see?”“My eyes don see something. My ears don hear, and my mouth sef, I for talk something join.”“Talk make I hear”“No be dis Tiwa Savage and him husband matter? The husband wey say him wife offend am, he no gi am food, him wife dey form for house but him dey open leg [...]

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    Cattle herdsmen as the new Boko Haram?

Cattle herdsmen as the new Boko Haram?

“No matter how far the town, there is another beyond it” – Fulani ProverbThere has been so much emotionalism developing around the subject of the recent clashes between nomadic pastoralists and farmers, and the seeming emergence of the former as the new Boko Haram, forbidding not Western education this time, but the right of other Nigerians to live in peace [...]

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    Saraki should step aside as senate president

Saraki should step aside as senate president

The present Senate serving the Nigerian people runs the risk of being remembered as the worst since 1999.  Public Relations Consultants and media officials of this particular Senate have done their part flooding both the print and the online media with details of how productive the Bukola Saraki-led Senate has been, and they have been quite aggressive in telling us [...]

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    The president as chief diplomat

The president as chief diplomat

I read an interesting article recently in which the author, objecting to President Muhammadu Buhari’s frequent travels abroad pointed out that Presidential spokespersons since 1999, including this writer, have always justified such trips using essentially the same arguments. The fellow quoted copiously and derisively from my State House press statements and an article by me titled “The Gains of Jonathan’s [...]

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    Who governs Nigeria?

Who governs Nigeria?

During the Jonathan administration, an outspoken opposition spokesperson had argued that Nigeria was on auto-pilot, a phrase that was gleefully even if ignorantly echoed by an excitable opposition crowd. Deeper reflection should have made it clear even to the unthinking that there is no way any country can ever be on auto-pilot, for there are many levels of governance, all [...]

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