Thursday, November 15, 2018

Reuben Abati

    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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    Signs of the times

Signs of the times

“Easter greetings”“Ok”“I am greeting you.”“I see.”“Are we quarrelling? Or you have malaria?”“Can’t you see that I am just not in the mood?”“Not in the mood to say same to you?” “Okay. Same to you.”“This is the season of love, you know. Our Lord Jesus Christ died on the Cross of Calvary so we may have everlasting life.  He made the ultimate [...]

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    The misogynists in the Nigerian Senate

The misogynists in the Nigerian Senate

What Senator Biodun Olujimi (PDP, Ekiti South) did with her presentation of a bill on gender and equal opportunities on March 15, is the equivalent of trying one’s luck. But she deserves praise for her courage and progressive views, and for forcing the issue so well. The subject has generated useful debate and the Senate President has been forced to [...]

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    Why Nigerians are special

Why Nigerians are special

Whatever problem we may have in Nigeria at this or any other time, this country is sustained by the fact that we are indeed a very special people. We have been described as the happiest people on earth, we have also described ourselves as resilient, gifted and determined, and in one report, Nigerians are said to have the strongest shock [...]

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    In this same country…

In this same country…

There is today in Nigeria an entire generation of Nigerian-passport wielding men and women who do not actually know, to borrow Achebe’s words that indeed “there was once a country”. These children born in a season of austerity, and raised during the years that the locusts ate, have become angry citizens. They are angry because they live in a country [...]

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    The road lies in wait

The road lies in wait

“May we never walk when the road waits, famished” – Wole Soyinka, The RoadTwo major road accidents in the last week brought to the fore again the dangers that lie in wait on Nigerian roads.  The Minister of State for Labour and Productivity, James Ocholi, SAN, his wife and son lost their lives in a vehicle accident that occurred on [...]

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    Anything can happen in America

Anything can happen in America

This is really exciting time in America; watching the drama of the 2016 Presidential nomination process from a distance, I find the contests, the debates, the arguments, the hustling and jostling on both sides of the mainstream political aisle, most instructive, and intriguing. The world’s most advanced democracy is proving once again that freedom is a golden ideal and that [...]

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    Ese Oruru, the girl-child and a nation’s shame

Ese Oruru, the girl-child and a nation’s shame

Three different incidents in the last week cast, poignantly, in bold relief the plight of the girl-child in Nigeria. Thanks to The Punch newspaper which launched the#FreeEse, #JusticeforEse campaign and the civil society groups that took up the fight in a spirited manner. With the outrage and outcry that followed, within 72 hours, this same 14-year-old girl who was abducted [...]

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