Monday, September 24, 2018

Reuben Abati

    Chi Onwurah MP: ‘British, not Nigerian’

Chi Onwurah MP: ‘British, not Nigerian’

Chi Onwurah, the Member of Parliament representing Newcastle Central in the UK House of Commons and my former colleague at the State House, Molara Wood, met recently at the 2017 Caine Prize for African Writing award ceremony. When Molara informed Chi that her re-election along with six others had caused so much excitement in Nigeria and even produced official letters [...]

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    The Nnamdi Kanu phenomenon

The Nnamdi Kanu phenomenon

The most discussed subject in Nigeria today is what is called “restructuring” and indeed so popular is this subject that it has attracted the attention of roadside commentators, the bright, the not-so-bright, the mischievous and the outrightly unintelligent all united by the singular claim that Nigeria belongs to all of us and we all have a right to determine its [...]

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    Buhari and the Hausa language

Buhari and the Hausa language

“Baba just fall my hand! Ha, wetin.”“Which Baba?”“Baba Bubu, the President of all Nigeria.”“In the spirit of this season, may Almighty Allah (SAW) grant him good health and quick recovery. It is part of our duty to pray for our leaders. Only infidels pray for evil.”“My friend, the fasting season has ended. Stop fasting after Ramadan. I am saying something [...]

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    JAMB 2017: Matters arising

JAMB 2017: Matters arising

I attended a meeting recently at the headquarters of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board in Bwari, Abuja: the post-2017 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination review meeting chaired by the JAMB registrar, Professor Ish-aq Oloyede. Participants included Professor Oloyede and his technical team, field officers and other staff, all the Chief External Examiners who supervised the 2017 UTME, across Nigeria, mostly [...]

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    Igbo-haters, the Arewa ultimatum and our nation

Igbo-haters, the Arewa ultimatum and our nation

Fifty years after the civil war ended, Igbos do not yet feel a sense of belonging, acceptance or safety in the Federation called Nigeria. The sad part is that this belief is shared not just by the generation that witnessed the war and its deadly consequences, but Igbos across all generations, including the millennials who have been socialized into believing [...]

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    Democracy, Biafra and a sense of history

Democracy, Biafra and a sense of history

It is sad that many Nigerians today talk glibly about the possibility of a coup or of military intervention in politics.  They make it seem as if this democracy is something we can exchange for something else. We need to be reminded, as we celebrate democracy day 2017, how we got to this very moment, and how precious democracy is [...]

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    Buhari and the marabouts

Buhari and the marabouts

“Have you read Lauretta Onochie’s latest post?”“Lauretta. Lauretta. Who is she?”“She is a social media assistant at the Presidency. She shoots straight and direct. She defends President Muhammadu Buhari with the passion of someone the President treats like a daughter.”“Not a son, this time, a daughter! Interesting. Of power, fathers, wives, sons and daughters….”“She spits fire, particularly if the person [...]

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    The 82 Chibok girls and other stories

The 82 Chibok girls and other stories

“E ku amojuba awon 82 Chibok girls, o”“What is that supposed to mean in plain English? You better watch your tongue. It will be politically incorrect and suicidal to start making a joke out of something that serious.”“Where is the joke?”“In your tone. I know you when you want to start your mischief.”“I am a born-again Christian”“I know. Like Stephanie [...]

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    In defence of Titilayo Momoh

In defence of Titilayo Momoh

On March 24, one Taiwo Titilayo Momoh attempted suicide at the Third Mainland Bridge, Lagos. Both the police and concerned citizens rescued her from killing herself. The said Momoh was arraigned on April 21, at the Ebute Meta chief magistrate court on a one-count charge to wit: “That you, Titilayo Momoh on the 24th day of March 2017 at about [...]

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    Who is the presidency?

Who is the presidency?

When last week, President Muhammadu Buhari decided to suspend the secretary to the government of the federation, Babachir Lawal, and the director general of the Nigeria Intelligence Agency, ambassador Ayo Oke in order to allow unfettered investigations of both public officers, the most striking immediate reaction was the SGF asking: who is the presidency? State house correspondents had accosted the then [...]

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    The Abuja-Kaduna airports: A testimony

The Abuja-Kaduna airports: A testimony

I have just returned from Abuja travelling through the Kaduna airport. As we disembarked from the aircraft and moved towards the arrival section, I could hear an announcement being made. The diction of the announcer was clear. She didn’t sound like those On-Air-Personalities (OAP, they are called) who speak as if they have hot water on their tongues. Airport continuity [...]

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    Dino Melaye: The making of a brand

Dino Melaye: The making of a brand

It is a sign of the times, and a tragedy that the most popular senator in the Nigerian national assembly at this moment is not the person who has moved the most impactful motion, not a lawmaker who has proposed a thought-provoking bill, and certainly not any senator who has given any impressive speech debating a matter of national importance. [...]

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    Nigeria’s angry children of suicide

Nigeria’s angry children of suicide

I once wrote about Nigeria’s “children of anger”, but the country seems to have progressed from anger to clinical depression, resulting in a rise not merely in social aggressiveness, but a determination by certain individuals to escape from it all. The percentage of Nigerians seeking escape through suicide nonetheless remains small relative to the size of the population, but the [...]

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    Buhari’s return: Matters arising

Buhari’s return: Matters arising

As someone who has been in that corridor recently, I do not share the view of those who insist that President Muhammadu Buhari’s recent 50-day medical vacation was mismanaged by his  handlers, up to this point. I said this much during a recent interview on Channels TV’s Politics Today with Seun Okinbaloye.In the face of the people’s rising and insatiable [...]

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    From London to Abuja in 50 days: Buhari’s return

From London to Abuja in 50 days: Buhari’s return

The cities of Daura -President Muhammadu Buhari’s home town, Kano - his political base, and Kaduna -where he has a home, and where the aircraft that brought him from London landed early Friday, March 10, as well as other parts of the North saw the people trooping out to jubilate and thank God for his safe return.I noticed that there [...]

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    The man who sat on the Tor Tiv’s throne

The man who sat on the Tor Tiv’s throne

This is about Stephen Nyitse, the young man who on the day of the coronation of the new Tor Tiv managed to beat security and went straight to where the king’s coronation seat, stool, throne had been placed and sat on it. We are told this caused a stir, and not a few in the crowd must have shouted: “abomination!”.Even [...]

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