Saturday, August 10, 2019

Reuben Abati

    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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    The Nigeria prays for Buhari competition

The Nigeria prays for Buhari competition

After the publication of my column last week, titled “I want to go to London… to see Buhari”, I received a lot of feedback from persons who were either amused or dead serious that they had been overlooked in my compilation of the list of persons who should go to London.One fellow asked:“Abati, you left out the Miyetti Allah [...]

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    I want to go to London… to see Buhari

I want to go to London… to see Buhari

When 15 million plus Nigerians voted for President Muhammadu Buhari in the 2015 General elections, their expectation was that he would be available to serve them 24/7/365, and that those who fielded him as their candidate had done their home work to avoid what is curiously becoming the Katsina problem in Nigerian politics.  Katsina! But we have now found ourselves [...]

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    Valentine, Baba’s vacation and other stories

Valentine, Baba’s vacation and other stories

“Happy Valentine’s day, my friend” “You don’t wish someone Happy Valentine’s day with ordinary mouth, my friend” “Are you a woman? The gifts are for women, not male friends.” “You see, yourself? You are a bush man just like one of my friends who got a text message from his girlfriend, and he started asking what is the meaning of bae and boo. [...]

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    A visit to The Gusau Institute

A visit to The Gusau Institute

The road to Kaduna from Abuja was horrific. I had been told that the journey would take no more than one and a half hours, and I had set out early for a 9am appointment as scheduled, but I didn’t get to Kaduna until four hours later. There were too many potholes on the road, too many terrible encounters, too [...]

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    The two faces of Tuface

The two faces of Tuface

Tuface’s decision to lead a protest to register the dissatisfaction of Nigerians with the performance of the incumbent administration and to reiterate the value of government’s responsibility to the people was his finest moment as a citizen and artiste. But it is also now, with his Jammeh-like volte-face, his worst moment. His transformation into a champion of democratic values and [...]

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    Donald Trump and the Muslim world

Donald Trump and the Muslim world

I am not a fan of Donald Trump, the incumbent President of the United States. I didn’t stand with him. I stood with her- Hillary Clinton- in the last US Presidential election. No other election in recent American history has been more international in terms of interest and emotional involvement. Trump’s election even divided the Nigerian middle class. Majority of [...]

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