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President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan commiserates with the former President of Nigeria, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo on the passing away of his younger sister, Madam Adunni Oluniola Eweje-Obasanjo.


President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan extends heartfelt condolences to the family of the veteran actor and broadcaster, Mr. Femi Robinson who has passed away at the age of 75.

Full Text of Tribute to President Jonathan by ECOWAS Heads of State and Government in Accra, May 19

I am reading this on behalf of the ​Heads of ​State and Government of ECOWAS, at our 47th meeting in Accra. We pay a vibrant tribute to His Excellency, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, for the determination he demonstrated during his tenure as Head of State and for all the necessary reforms for the development of his Country.


President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan on Wednesday in Abuja called on the global community and Nigerians to support the incoming government of President-elect Muhammadu Buhari.

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Suu Kyi and the Burmese “Spring” By Reuben Abati

Aung San Suu Kyi writes in Letters from Burma: “I have never ceased to be moved by the sense of the world lying quiescent and vulnerable, waiting to be awakened by the light of the new day quivering just beyond the horizon…” That new day and awakening arrived on November 8 on Burma’s (Myanmar) 2015 election day and with the subsequent announcement of the final tally of the election results. But something even more remarkable happened. The military leaders have congratulated Suu Kyi and

Super Ministers and other stories By Reuben Abati

“Have you congratulated our new Ministers?” “I am still thinking about it, actually. I don’t know whether to congratulate them or to commiserate or to pity some of them. They have merged Ministries that need not be merged. Some Perm Secs are now floating. Six months and this is it?”

Wole Soyinka: A sojourner among liars By Reuben Abati

Professor Wole Soyinka was quoted saying his latest book is the “nastiest” that he has written so far. InterInventions: Between Defective Memory and the Public Lie- A Personal Odyssey in The Republic of Liars (Ibadan: Bookcraft, 2015, 136pp) is quite close to being just that.

Welcoming Reuben Abati back by Segun Ayobolu (Saturday Column, The Nation)

I spoke with him on phone only once or twice during his tenure as Special Adviser on media to former President Goodluck Jonathan. Yet, I think Dr Reuben Abati, first class intellectual and columnist did a wonderful job as presidential spokesman in difficult circumstances.

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#BOOKREVIEW: Modupe Adekunle: The Comrade Head of Service By Reuben Abati

Breaking Barriers is the title of the autobiography of Mrs Modupe Abibat Adekunle who retired from the Ogun State civil service on September 30, 2015, upon her completion of the statutory 35 years in service.

Jonathan’s next four years: My vision for a Nigeria that works for all (1) | The Guardian Nigeria

WHEN I was growing up in Otuoke, a small town in Bayelsa, as the son of a boat builder, life was hard. Of nine children to my parents, only TWO of us survived. But I had the chance to go to school. Many did not. I worked at my studies. God smiled on me. I am HERE today as President of the Federal Republic of NIGERIA and I tell you now: there is not a moment that I forget where I come from, or how tough life can be for so many of us.

Nigeria's President: Boko Haram Trained with Islamic State

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan says fighters from insurgent group Boko Haram have traveled to the Middle East for training with Islamic State militants.

When Goodluck dawned: Benin-Ore Road Nightmares over (Citizen Accounts)

LindaIkejiBlog - 26-year-old Timi Adeoye graduated two years ago from the University of Benin and was a frequent user of the Benin-Ore route. According to him, “traveling on Nigerian roads used to be a nightmare for me; I still remember spending twelve long hours on a trip from Lagos to Benin regularly since I got admission eight years ago. The memory of those trips still leaves a distaste in my mouth”, he continues, “but I had to continue because I had to go school."

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Exclusive Interview: Reuben Abati On President Jonathan: "I was Ready to take a Bullet for my Boss" and other issues

Can you sum up your experience as an adviser to the president on media? Well, let me thank you for this invitation, since we disengaged in May, I went to Oxford, to do a programme. This is a good opportunity for me to reflect on four years of quality experience, four years of quality engagement with Nigeria.

Even lawmakers are misleading the people on Jega – Abati (Sunday Vanguard)

In this interview, the Special Adviser to President Goodluck Jonathan on Media and Publicity, Dr Reuben Abati, speaks on some national issues. Abati says that rather than vote for the past which General Mohammadu Buhari, the APC presidential candidate in the March 28 elections, represents, Nigerians should vote his principal, vying on the platform of the PDP, in order to consolidate on what has been achieved.

As if they never went to School; APC's baseless accusations on Freezing Accounts, others - Abati

The Presidency on Tuesday took a swipe at the leaders of the All Progressives Congress, saying they had resorted to propaganda, blackmail and deception because their imminent loss in the forthcoming general elections was staring them in the face.

Nigerian President Jonathan Determined to Win War on Terror

Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan has promised that his administration will win the war on terror despite what he describes as efforts by some individuals to sabotage efforts to combat Islamist militant group Boko Haram.