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[OPINION]: Judges, the law and our democracy - Reuben Abati

20 February 2018
[OPINION]: Judges, the law and our democracy - Reuben Abati

To expand the democratic space in Nigeria and to ensure the legitimacy and stability of our democratic process, the rule of law, perhaps the supremacy of the law, anchored on...

To NatGeo: A story idea on Nigerian animals - Reuben Abati

13 February 2018
To NatGeo: A story idea on Nigerian animals - Reuben Abati

Dear Editor, NatGeo, I am a great fan of your magazine, National Geographic, and your sister platform, National Geo Wild, and your coverage of natural history, particularly the behaviour of...

Of drowning men and national security - Reuben Abati

08 February 2018
Of drowning men and national security - Reuben Abati

Jimoh Moshood, the current Police Public Relations officer in Abuja is probably the most unprofessional occupier of that office since 1999. His lack of professionalism and ready capacity to perpetually...

What exactly is Babangida saying? - Reuben Abati

06 February 2018
What exactly is Babangida saying? - Reuben Abati

The drama, the controversy, the confusion, the double entendre, attended by seeming cowardice, that grew around a statement, perhaps the statements, purportedly issued by former military President Ibrahim Babangida on...

Obasanjo and the extent of presidential powers - Reuben Abati

30 January 2018
Obasanjo and the extent of presidential powers - Reuben Abati

More than a week after President Olusegun Obasanjo released his state of the nation commentary and devastating assessment of the Buhari administration, it has remained the main subject in the...

Aisha Buhari: The critic in the other room - Reuben Abati

23 January 2018
Aisha Buhari: The critic in the other room - Reuben Abati

Mrs Aisha M. Buhari, the wife of President Muhammadu Buhari is probably the most loved person in Nigeria today, especially by critics of her husband’s administration. She first came to...

The season of recanting - Reuben Abati

16 January 2018
The season of recanting - Reuben Abati

“I wish I could travel to the US right now” “Why? Why not wait till summer time?”“No, I feel like going there physically to tell President Donald Trump exactly how...

Buhari: Between yesterday and tomorrow - Reuben Abati

09 January 2018
Buhari: Between yesterday and tomorrow - Reuben Abati

I wrote the following piece, presented in italics, shortly after the postponement of the 2015 Presidential elections. It is important that the reader approaches it with an open mind, with...

Fr. Mbaka and the Voice of God - Reuben Abati

04 January 2018
Fr. Mbaka and the Voice of God - Reuben Abati

“I do not believe in my mind that the way things are in Nigeria, any Catholic priest has the mandate to decide which of the political contestants should be voted...

Liberia: The Rise of George Weah - Reuben Abati

02 January 2018
Liberia: The Rise of George Weah - Reuben Abati

George Weah’s emergence as Liberia’s President-elect after the December 26 run-off election generated considerable interest among Nigerians for a number of reasons. Number one is George Weah’s popularity. The first...

Olusegun Obasanjo, Ph.D - Reuben Abati

19 December 2017
Olusegun Obasanjo, Ph.D  - Reuben Abati

Perhaps in the long run, the most remarkable legacy of the Nigerian leader known as Olusegun Obasanjo would be his personal example, in terms of the manner in which he...

PDP Convention: The Aftermath - Reuben Abati

12 December 2017
PDP Convention: The Aftermath - Reuben Abati

The elective Convention of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that took place at the Eagle Square in Abuja on Saturday, December 9, was a charade and an anti-climax. Everyone who...

Libya: “No brother in the jungle” - Reuben Abati

05 December 2017
Libya: “No brother in the jungle” -  Reuben Abati

Arab countries have a tradition of slavery dating back to centuries. This has persisted despite the existence of international conventions and legal frameworks classifying slavery as a crime against humanity....

A nation of believers - Femi Fani-Kayode

04 December 2017
A nation of believers - Femi Fani-Kayode

In both 2008 and 2012, I warned the world and particularly Africa and the Middle East about the evil of Barack Obama. No-one listened. In 2011, I warned the world...

Atiku, ‘Atikulation’ and other stories - Reuben Abati

28 November 2017

“I hear say Atiku don port oh, from APC to God knows where…”“He used to be a Customs officer. Going from one port to another should not be an issue...

Go, Mugabe, Go - Reuben Abati

21 November 2017

Since August, I have been the anchorperson of a programme on television called ThisDay Live where we discuss political matters - local and global. The programme is available on Arise...

The worst of times, the best of times - Reuben Abati

14 November 2017

“I just love this country, I won’t lie”“What have you seen again that has suddenly turned you into a gushing patriot?”“I mean, just look around, in spite of everything, Nigerians...

Buhari and the allegation of Northernization - Reuben Abati

07 November 2017

Perhaps the biggest news this week so far, has been the attempt by the Presidency to debunk the allegation that President Muhammadu Buhari has been kinder to Northerners and Muslims...

The monkey business they call governance - Reuben Abati

31 October 2017

“Have you gone to visit your brother in Ekiti?”“Who is that? I have many brothers from Ekiti state”“The Governor. Osokomole himself, ekun oko oke, the dainty irunmole who eats jollof...

Baba, Maina, Idris and other stories - Reuben Abati

24 October 2017

“I hear say our Sai Baba don return from Turkey” “Did you hope that he would stay there permanently? He went for the D-8 meeting, and he is bound to...

Abati didn’t write that… - Reuben Abati

23 October 2017

I had dedicated Saturday, October 21, to two important events: attending to family duties and participating in a farewell funeral party in Abeokuta in honour of a doughty elderly woman...

Okorocha and Jacob Zuma’s statue - Reuben Abati

17 October 2017

What is it about South African President Jacob Zuma and statues? Two statues in one month- generating controversy from the streets of Pretoria to the streets of Owerri in Nigeria....

Kachikwu, Baru and the NNPC debacle - Reuben Abati

10 October 2017

The current NNPC debacle is probably the most embarrassing, even if mercifully, eye-opening crisis in the history of that nationally strategic institution since its creation in 1977. I seek in...

Ambazonia, Biya’s intolerance and internet democracy - Reuben Abati

03 October 2017

A Biafra-like agitation for independence has been unfolding in neighbouring Republic of Cameroon since November 2016. The people of Northern and Southern Cameroons under the umbrella of the Southern Cameroons...

Letter to Nnamdi Kanu - Reuben Abati

26 September 2017

Dear Nnamdi Kanu, We have never met. I only know you by reputation and I have had cause in the last year to write on your activities within the public...

Court proscribes IPOB

20 September 2017

The Federal High Court in Abuja has given a judicial backing to the executive order of President Muhammadu Buhari, outlawing the Indeginous People of Biafra and its activities. The Acting...

The Python does not dance… - Reuben Abati

19 September 2017

Operation code-names have been an important part of military operations since the Germans first applied them in World War 1 but it may be said that the recent (or ongoing?)...

Mama Taraba and the APC crisis - Reuben Abati

12 September 2017

Mama Taraba is Senator Aisha Alhassan, the current Minister of Women Affairs in the Muhammadu Buhari cabinet, and arguably the most influential female politician in Taraba state today. She did...

Akwa Ibom churches as parastatals - Reuben Abati

05 September 2017

Religion was not quite a major divisive issue in the community in which we lived in the Old Cross River State in my days as a student there. On Sundays,...

JAMB and the politics of cut-off marks - Reuben Abati

29 August 2017

I have followed with keen interest the controversy over the announcement of cut-off marks for Nigeria’s admission processes for the 2017/2018 session, with many commentators and the general public insisting...

Buhari resumes old habits in days since return - Reuters

24 August 2017

President Muhammadu Buhari has kept a low profile since his grand return from sick leave on Saturday. Buhari disembarked his plane in Abuja on Saturday to a military salute and...

Aso Villa and the audacity of rats - Reuben Abati

23 August 2017

"What’s that sound I am hearing?” “What sound?” “I thought I heard something like miaow, miaow…” “Oh my cats…oh yes…” “Are you now breeding cats?” “Not really. But I have...

Presidential broadcast and other stories - Reuben Abati

22 August 2017

“Baba don come oh. Baba o yo yo, Baba Bubu o yo yo” “What is that?” “Eh, o yo yo” “If you are this excited about President Buhari’s return, then...

Buhari’s reunion with his media team - Reuben Abati

15 August 2017

I was really excited on Saturday when I received news of the eventual visit of President Muhammadu Buhari’s media team to him in London. I had always felt that the...

Osinbajo’s vision and the climate of fear - Reuben Abati

09 August 2017

“Where have you been?”“I have been around”“I was just wondering why you have not said anything since the Acting President proclaimed that those of you who are asking for the...

Of herbal healing, spirituality and public health -Reuben Abati

01 August 2017

The other week, July 20 to be precise, I was the reviewer of an important book on herbal healing. Herbal healing is often dismissed as a form of sorcery and...

Lunch in London, anxiety in Nigeria - Reuben Abati

25 July 2017

“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....

Floods and the rainmakers of Lagos Island - Reuben Abati

18 July 2017

“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...

PDP: A lifeline from the Supreme Court - Reuben Abati

13 July 2017

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...

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

11 July 2017

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...


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