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25
Jul2017

Lunch in London, anxiety in Nigeria - Reuben Abati

Lunch in London, anxiety in Nigeria - Reuben Abati

“What’s gwan inna wa cwantry?”“What language is that?”“English of course.” “Sounds like Creole to me. Why don’t you just talk straight?”“Nobody talks straight in this country anymore.”“I still talk straight. I can’t start twisting my tongue because some people have lost it.”“Okay, I was asking what is going on in our country?”“Is that a direct question or a sly comment?” “Just answer the question”“What I know is that we are...

18
Jul2017

Floods and the rainmakers of Lagos Island - Reuben Abati

Floods and the rainmakers of Lagos Island - Reuben Abati

“To live in Lagos Island, these days, one needs to engage the services of rainmakers during the rainy season”, a friend who lives in that part of Lagos told me the other day. The job of a rainmaker, as known in our traditional communities, is actually to stop the rain from falling or to divert the rain to other locations, to allow people to hold an event without the threat...

13
Jul2017

PDP: A lifeline from the Supreme Court - Reuben Abati

PDP: A lifeline from the Supreme Court - Reuben Abati

On Wednesday, July 12, the Supreme Court saved our democracy and the People’s Democratic Party (PDP). It did with its ruling in the matter between Ali Modu Sheriff and Ahmed Makarfi, to determine who among the two is the authentic Chairman of the PDP. The Supreme Court of Nigeria practically threw the party a lifeline. Since it lost the 2015 Presidential election, the former ruling party, the same party that...

11
Jul2017

Chi Onwurah MP: ‘British, not Nigerian’ - Reuben Abati

Chi Onwurah MP: ‘British, not Nigerian’ - Reuben Abati

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 of congratulation from both the Federal Government and Abike Dabiri,...

04
Jul2017

The Nnamdi Kanu phenomenon - Reuben Abati

The Nnamdi Kanu phenomenon - Reuben Abati

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 future. The last person who brought up this subject with...

27
Jun2017

AfDB President, Adesina, wins prestigious World Food Prize- Reuben Abati

AfDB President, Adesina, wins prestigious World Food Prize- Reuben Abati

The President of the Africa Development Bank (AfDB) and Nigeria’s former Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr. Akinwunmi Adesina, has emerged the winner of the prestigious World Food Prize, 2017 award. The award was announced Monday in Washington D.C. by the World Food Prize Foundation in recognition of Adesina’s achievements in the agriculture sector and for driving change in African agriculture for over 25 years and improving food security...

27
Jun2017

Buhari and the Hausa language -Reuben Abati

Buhari and the Hausa language -Reuben Abati

“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 serious. Was it right for the...

20
Jun2017

JAMB 2017: Matters ​arising -Reuben Abati

JAMB 2017: Matters ​arising -Reuben Abati

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 Vice-Chancellors of universities, and provosts/rectors of polytechnics and colleges of...

13
Jun2017

Igbo-haters, the Arewa ultimatum and our nation - Reuben Abati

Igbo-haters, the Arewa ultimatum and our nation - Reuben Abati

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 that there is a gap between their people and other...

06
Jun2017

Two years of change - Reuben Abati

Two years of change - Reuben Abati

“How is it going my brother?" “We just dey look. Two years and we thank God.” “How was your May 29?” “There was no celebration. We just siddon dey look.” “But the Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo addressed the nation.” “I know. I know. But there was no programme in place for celebrating two years of the Buhari government. In the past, we used to have a week-long programme, with military...

30
May2017

Democracy, Biafra and a sense of history - Reuben Abati

Democracy, Biafra and a sense of history - Reuben Abati

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 to us as a sovereign people. From 1966 to 1999...

23
May2017

Buhari and the marabouts - Reuben Abati

Buhari and the marabouts - Reuben Abati

“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 involved is in any way related...

16
May2017

The First Class degrees galore - Reuben Abati

The First Class degrees galore - Reuben Abati

The Daily Trust newspaper has published an interesting feature story (May 15), on the sudden surge in the number of First Class degrees being churned out by Nigerian universities. Daily Trust reports that its investigation reveals that in the last five years, 16 Nigerian universities have produced a total of 3, 499 first class graduates. Between 2011 and 2016, 12 of these universities produced 2, 822 First Class graduates, and...

09
May2017

The 82 Chibok Girls and other stories - Reuben Abati

The 82 Chibok Girls and other stories - Reuben Abati

“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 Otobo telling Apostle Suleiman that...

02
May2017

In defence of Titilayo Momoh - Reuben Abati

In defence of Titilayo Momoh - Reuben Abati

On March 24, one Ms Taiwo Titilayo Momoh, attempted suicide at the Third Mainland Bridge, Lagos. Both the police and concerned citizens rescued her from killing herself. The said Ms 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 10.00 hours at the Third Mainland Bridge, Lagos...

25
Apr2017

Who is the Presidency? - Reuben Abati

Who is the Presidency? - Reuben Abati

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 SGF as he left a meeting with the Vice...

18
Apr2017

The Abuja-Kaduna airports: A testimony - Reuben Abati

The Abuja-Kaduna airports: A testimony - Reuben Abati

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 announcers in Nigeria tend to imitate these OAPs. This has...

11
Apr2017

#BBNaija: Television as madness - Reuben Abati

#BBNaija: Television as madness - Reuben Abati

What a relief! So, the Big Brother Naija reality television programme is finally over. It ended Sunday evening with 23-year old Efe Michael Ejemba, University of Jos graduate of Economics and singer winning the N25 million + SUV at stake, with 57.6% of the votes from over 24 million voters across Africa. Warri, where Efe’s family lives, erupted in excitement. At the Multichoice viewing centre in Ikeja, Lagos, where Katung...

04
Apr2017

Dino Melaye: The making of a brand - Reuben Abati

Dino Melaye: The making of a brand - Reuben Abati

// 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. What we get, most of the time, in place...

28
Mar2017

Nigeria’s angry children of suicide - Reuben Abati

Nigeria’s angry children of suicide - Reuben Abati

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 sharp increase in the number and frequency of reported suicides...


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