Monday, September 24, 2018

Reuben Abati

    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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    Rev. King, the law and king’s supporters

Rev. King, the law and king’s supporters

In the case of the State and Rev. Chukwuemeka Kingsley Ezeugo, the Supreme Court a few days ago, upheld the rulings of the lower courts and ruled that the bearded, self-styled “little god”, “Jesus Christ of our time”, and founder of the Lagos-based Christian Praying Assembly (CPA), deserves to be hanged, for enacting a form of horror movie which resulted [...]

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    The naira-dollar blues

The naira-dollar blues

“My brother, e ku exchange rate oh.”“Excuse me?”“I am greeting you. I am saying how are you and the exchange rate palaver. The dollar wahala”.“So, that is why you are saying e ku exchange rate. Is something wrong with you Yoruba people? Must you turn everything into a form of greeting?”“You are insulting me?”“I am making a statement”“Meaning?”“Any serious matter [...]

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    The Made in Nigeria campaign

The Made in Nigeria campaign

There has been renewed talk lately about the need for Nigerians to patronize locally made goods, (someone should have added… and services!). Championed by Senator Ben Murray Bruce, and supported by the Senate President Bukola Saraki, the Minister of State for Industry, Trade and Investment, Hajia Aisha Abubakar and a large crowd of online campaigners, so much ink, saliva, and [...]

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    When love isn’t enough

When love isn’t enough

It is that time of the year again in the month of February, when there is so much talk and excitement about romance and love, all in preparation for that special day dedicated to love, romance and dalliance, this very day, Valentine’s Day.  The romantic propaganda can be really oppressive. In the past few days for example, GSM service providers [...]

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A story around Mama Dawes

Teachers are the most important persons in anyone’s life. Teachers teach us everything that we know. They inspire us. They leave their imprints, almost like genetic imprints in our lives, and those imprints survive forever. They come in different shapes. The teachers in the classrooms, the ones we meet in our life-long journey of searching and probing. The ones who [...]

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    Mbaka: Priest, politician or renegade?

Mbaka: Priest, politician or renegade?

Catholic priests in Nigeria have always captured the public imagination, some of them have served in government positions, some were prominent in the fight and struggle for democracy, some of them have proved their mettle as poets, teachers, musicians, social critics, and public affairs commentators, but Rev. Fr. Ejike Camillus Anthony Ebenezer Mbaka is a cut above the rest, not [...]

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    The online warriors

The online warriors

My criticisms of the excesses of the online phenomenon in terms of its brazen abuse in an unregulated environment has often made me the target of attacks, with many insisting on quoting the opening paragraph of a piece I once wrote along these lines as if it is a memorial verse, but further developments have shown that indeed, liberal, accommodative, [...]

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    Where are the public intellectuals?

Where are the public intellectuals?

Something sad has happened and is happening, and is getting worse in our society: the decline of public intellectualism.  And so I ask, where are the public intellectuals? Once upon a time in this country, the public arena was dominated by a ferment of ideas, ideas that pushed boundaries, destroyed illusions, questioned orthodoxies and enabled societal progress.  Those were the [...]

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    Inside Dambazau’s shoes

Inside Dambazau’s shoes

“See what your friends are writing.”“Who?”“Your fellow columnists. See how they are attacking the Minister of Interior, General Abdulrahman Dambazau, just because an orderly helped to shine his shoes in public.”“I really don’t see what the hoopla is all about”“Me too”“I think many of our people just like to talk about shoes. For five years, Nigerians kept talking about how [...]

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