Thursday, November 15, 2018

Reuben Abati

    2019: Nigeria’s emerging political leaders

2019: Nigeria’s emerging political leaders

A strong indication of both the quality and failure of politics in Nigeria, as the people look forward to the next general elections in 2019, is the manner in which virtually “every” Nigerian believes that he or she is good enough to be President of Nigeria. This may speak to a deepening of political consciousness, but it is also a [...]

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    Section 5 and the Mohammed Bello Adoke case

Section 5 and the Mohammed Bello Adoke case

His Lordship Justice Binta Nyako at the Federal High Court sitting in the Federal Capital Territory last Friday, gave an instructive, landmark judgment in the matter between Mohammed Bello Adoke and the Attorney General of the Federation on the extent of Presidential powers.I had addressed this particular subject in a previous essay titled “Obasanjo and the extent of presidential powers” [...]

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    Ayo Adebanjo: The man and his politics

Ayo Adebanjo: The man and his politics

When friends, family and political associates gather in Ijebu-Ogbo, Ogun state today, to celebrate the 90th birthday of Chief Ayo Adebanjo, they will be honouring a radical and progressive politician, a lawyer, elder statesman, a patriot, and a nationalist of Yoruba extraction, who is without doubt, one of the most remarkable politicians of his generation and a voice of reason [...]

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    Where is the Nigerian opposition?

Where is the Nigerian opposition?

Less than a year to the next general election in Nigeria, the biggest deficit in the political process leading to that moment is the absence of a robust, virile and effective opposition. The role of the opposition in a democracy is to question, criticize, challenge, and audit the governments of the day – local and national - and make them [...]

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    Bill Gates as ‘a wailing wailer’

Bill Gates as ‘a wailing wailer’

"I do not enjoy speaking to you this bluntly when you have been gracious enough to invite me here" – Bill Gates.Mr. Bill Gates, Microsoft founder, friend of Nigeria and one of the richest men in the world was in Nigeria recently, but he ended up violating the official interpretation of “table manners” in Nigeria’s corridors of power. When you [...]

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    The Kigali AU summit: Nigeria’s diplomatic blunder

The Kigali AU summit: Nigeria’s diplomatic blunder

President Muhammadu Buhari’s 12th hour decision to snub the African Union Extra-ordinary summit on the endorsement of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA), in Kigali, March 20 – 22 is a diplomatic blunder. The excuse that has been offered is not convincing, the management of the entire episode is untidy. Simple courtesies matter in diplomacy, unpredictability, surprise and ambush [...]

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    Soyinka and Nigeria’s dinner with the devil

Soyinka and Nigeria’s dinner with the devil

Professor Wole Soyinka was keynote speaker at the maiden annual lecture of the Ripples Centre for Data and Investigative Journalism held in Lagos on March 15. Topic: “Rebuilding Trust in a Divided Nigeria: Can Nigeria be fixed?” The Nobel Laureate did not disappoint. His presentation titled “From Miyetti to Haiti: Notes from a Solidarity Visit” took us on a journey [...]

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    Lagos state and the politics of taxation

Lagos state and the politics of taxation

The government of Lagos state seems to be currently in the eye of the storm over its introduction of a law, a property tax as it were, known as the Land Use Charge Act of 2018, which repeals a similar law of 2001, and consolidates ground rent, tenement rate, and neigbourhood development levy. The Land Use Charge is payable in [...]

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    Africa: A continent without democrats

Africa: A continent without democrats

The second wave of democratization in Africa, beginning in the 80s, and the gradual establishment of democracy as the new normal in the continent brought much hope and excitement. As we have seen in the recent intervention by the military in Zimbabwe, coup d’etats have become unpopular and unacceptable in the entire continent in deference perhaps to dominant global politics. [...]

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    Judges, the law and our democracy

Judges, the law and our democracy

To expand the democratic space in Nigeria and to ensure the legitimacy and stability of our democratic process, the rule of law, perhaps the supremacy of the law, anchored on constitutionalism and a progressive, liberal and developmental construction of the law, may be our best bargain, the latter in particular in the face of a seeming conversion of the democratic [...]

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    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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