Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Reuben Abati

    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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    Leave matter for Matthias

Leave matter for Matthias

“I saw something yesterday. I thought it was a joke.”“What happened?”“Nigerians and their sense of humour; we always manage to squeeze laughter out of every situation, no matter how sad.”“I don’t like the suspense. What is it?”“I attended a wedding engagement ceremony.”“And?”“When the groom’s family was presenting gifts to the bride’s family, do you know what they did?”“I am with [...]

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    #PanamaPapers, Zuma and the DNA of corruption

#PanamaPapers, Zuma and the DNA of corruption

Where corruption is involved, African leaders seem to be utterly beyond shock.  Blacks folks in office often regard as normal business, the kind of infractions that draw alarm and apologetic resignations in other parts of the world.  This is not meant to be a racist comment, but it is curious that the African sense of shock is mediated so often [...]

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    A country in search of a miracle

A country in search of a miracle

“You look tired”“Ha, my brother. Thanks for being observant. I have been trekking.”“Trekking?”“I went to buy fuel at that fuel station by the Estate gate. I had to abandon the car there. On my way back home, I could not find okada or any other form of transportation.”“No wonder you are sweating.”“All the tricyclists and the okada people claim they [...]

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    Change doesn’t mean transformation

Change doesn’t mean transformation

This commentary is inspired by Olusegun Adeniyi’s “Of wailers, counterwailers and Buharideens” (ThisDay, March 31). In that piece, the ace journalist and public affairs commentator successfully defines the tri-polarities governing public responses to the Muhammadu Buhari administration.  The take-away is that the biggest challenge that Nigeria faces at the moment is political partisanship, which has divided the country into the [...]

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    Boni Yayi: Our friend next door

Boni Yayi: Our friend next door

Our neighbours to the West, the Republic of Benin, have just concluded a Presidential election, which has been considered free, fair and peaceful, from the first round, to the run-off which produced businessman Patrice Talon as winner and next President of that country of about 10 million people.  Commentators have noted with delight the manner in which incumbent Prime Minister [...]

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