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    Omokri: Abati in jail over N50m but Amaechi lavished N235m and became minister

Omokri: Abati in jail over N50m but Amaechi lavished N235m and became minister

Reno Omokri, former special assistant to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan on new media, has yet again called to question the anti-graft war of the current administration.Reacting to the detention of Reuben Abati, Jonathan spokesman, by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Omokri wondered why Amaechi was appointed a minister despite allegations leveled against him.Omokri took to social media to express [...]

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    Mathew Kukah visits Abati, FFK, says ‘they are cheerful in detention’

Mathew Kukah visits Abati, FFK, says ‘they are cheerful in detention’

Matthew Kukah, bishop of the Catholic diocese of Sokoto, visited Reuben Abati, spokesman of former President Goodluck Jonathan, and Femi Fani-Kayode, former minister of aviation, who are currently being detained at the headquarters of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in Abuja.Kukah also spent some time with Musiliu Obanikoro, former minister of state for defence.According to Wilson Uwujaren, the [...]

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    EFCC on Abati: We shall keep Nigerians posted

EFCC on Abati: We shall keep Nigerians posted

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) says it will update Nigerians on developments concerning Reuben Abati, former spokesman to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, who is currently in its custody.The anti-graft agency said the brilliant journalist had been cooperating with it.EFCC also dismissed the reports that he was arrested, saying Abati honoured its invitation.“Former Special Adviser to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan on [...]

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    Abati, Jonathan’s spokesman, arrested by EFCC

Abati, Jonathan’s spokesman, arrested by EFCC

Reuben Abati, special adviser on media and publicity to Goodluck Jonathan, former president, has been arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).A source at the commission confirmed to TheCable that the former chairman of the editorial board of TheGuardian was arrested on Monday in connection to the $2.1 billion arms deal scandal for which Sambo Dasuki, former national security [...]

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    The Mark Zuckerberg visit

The Mark Zuckerberg visit

Mark Zuckerberg’s two-day visit to Nigeria has done a lot for the country; it is a pity no government official or agency has tried to tap into the gains of that visit. He arrived at a time there was much talk about economic recession, concerns about companies folding up or retrenching staff, or international investors leaving the country in droves, [...]

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    Zuckerberg doesn’t care about local fights, Abati tells Omokri, FFK

Zuckerberg doesn’t care about local fights, Abati tells Omokri, FFK

Reuben Abati, spokesman to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, has told Femi Fani-Kayode and Reno Omokri, both supporters of the immediate past president, that Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook, does not care about “local fights”.The duo were recently involved in a public spat over Zuckerberg’s description of the Hausa Language as unique.Fani-Kayode had expressed reservations, but Omokri, who saw nothing wrong with [...]

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    Like father, like daughter… Abati’s daughter graduates with First Class

Like father, like daughter… Abati’s daughter graduates with First Class

Elizabeth Abati, daughter of Reuben Abati, spokesman of former President Goodluck Jonathan, on Tuesday graduated with a distinction in Law from the University of Bristol in the United Kingdom.Elizabeth’s father achieved the feat at the University of Calabar, 31 years ago.Back in 1985, Abati was recipient of the vice chancellor’s prize for the student with the best overall academic performance in [...]

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    Jonathan: I DID NOT negotiate with Boko Haram

Jonathan: I DID NOT negotiate with Boko Haram

Former President Goodluck Jonathan has denied entering into any peace deal with the Boko Haram sect.In an interview with Quartz, a news website, on the sidelines of his recent press conference at Geneva, Switzerland, Jonathan said his government did not set up any negotiating team.“I did not negotiate with Boko Haram. The government never set up a team,” Quartz quoted [...]

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    Jonathan never gave me contracts, says Clark

Jonathan never gave me contracts, says Clark

Edwin-Clark, Ijaw leader and ally of former president, Goodluck Jonathan, says he did not benefit any material thing during his tenure.Expressing anger over the reaction that followed some controversial statements he made three weeks ago when he announced his retirement from partisan politics, the elder statesman said his thoughts were misrepresented.Clark had said Jonathan meant well for the country but [...]

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    Clark has humiliated Jonathan, Abati laments

Clark has humiliated Jonathan, Abati laments

Reuben Abati, spokesman of former president, Goodluck Jonathan, says the recent utterances by Edwin Clark, staunch ally of Jonathan, is the worst form of humiliation that his former principal has received since he left office.At a programme to announce his decision to quit partisan politics, Clark had said Jonathan lacked the will to fight corruption.“Jonathan didn’t have the political will to [...]

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    Jonathan was a victim of power game, says Abati

Jonathan was a victim of power game, says Abati

Reuben Abati, spokesman of former president Goodluck Jonathan, believes that the “vicious propaganda of the opposition” made his principal lose the 2015 presidential election.Dismissing the view that Jonathan lost the election because of incompetence, Abati in his first major interview in the October/November edition of The Interview, said Jonathan was, “a victim of power game”.“All they could focus on was [...]

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    Abati: Under GEJ, I was no longer a journalist

Abati: Under GEJ, I was no longer a journalist

Reuben Abati, spokesman of former president, Goodluck Jonathan, on Monday expressed surprise that people still expected him to sound like a “panelist on Patito’s gang or a columnist” when he joined government.Alongside Pat Utomi, a notable economist, Abati who also chaired the editorial board of Guardian, anchored Patito’s Gang, a television talk show that focused on societal issues.Commenting on his [...]

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    Probing my administration alone will amount to witch-hunting, says Jonathan

Probing my administration alone will amount to witch-hunting, says Jonathan

President Goodluck Jonathan has said that the incoming administration is free to investigate the past activities of government but restricting such exercise to his administration would amount to injustice.Speaking on Wednesday during the valedictory session of the federal executive council, the outgoing president said a lot of things need to be investigated in the country.“Some people are even calling for [...]

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    Sacks, fuel scarcity… 5 final GEJ memories

Sacks, fuel scarcity… 5 final GEJ memories

President Goodluck Jonathan is unarguably the most favoured politician in Nigeria’s fourth republic. His entire political career has not spanned two decades yet, but he remains the only Nigerian – living or dead – who has risen to phenomenal heights in 16 consecutive years.From a humble start as deputy governor in 1999, he became governor, vice-president, acting president and until [...]

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    Jonathan fires petroleum fund boss, Kasali

Jonathan fires petroleum fund boss, Kasali

President Goodluck Jonathan has relieved Sharon Kasali, the executive secretary of the Petroleum Equalisation Fund (PEF), of her job, appointing Asabe Ahmed (pictured with Akinwunmi Adesina, the agric minister), the current minister of state for agriculture and rural development, to replace her.Reuben Abati, presidential spokesman, confirmed the dismissal of Kasali, who has been in charge of PEF since 2007, but [...]

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    Jonathan orders removal of election campaign materials

Jonathan orders removal of election campaign materials

President Goodluck Jonathan has ordered his presidential campaign organisation and other support groups to remove billboards, posters, banners and other campaign materials used for the March 28 presidential election.Jonathan said it was normal for towns and cities to return to their former state since the elections are now over.“It is appropriate that steps be taken to restore the environment in Nigerian [...]

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