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“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 more

14 Feb 2017 00:00 Reuben ABATI

He has not been President of Nigeria, but he has in Kaduna the equivalent of a Presidential Library, dedicated to public service and the promotion of research and reading. Marlene and Mohammed, the two dedicated staff who currently manage the place more

7 Feb 2017 00:00 Reuben ABATI

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 more

5 Feb 2017 00:00 Reuben ABATI

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 more

31 Jan 2017 00:00 Reuben ABATI

I have very vivid memories of my last visit to The Gambia. This was in 2013 when President Goodluck Jonathan paid a two-day visit to the country. In the course of that visit, President Jonathan commissioned the new Chancery of the Nigerian Embassy more

25 Jan 2017 00:00 Reuben ABATI

“Happy New Year, my brother.” “What do you mean happy new year, more than two weeks into the New Year. Have I not been in touch with you since January 1?” “But for you the New Year has just started. Your January 1 was not on January 1.” more

17 Jan 2017 00:00 Reuben ABATI

Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN). I believe everybody in that agency should be lined up and caned publicly and investigated according to the law. Should they have any stories to tell about the poor state of Nigerian airports, despite more

11 Jan 2017 00:00 Reuben ABATI

Nigerian politicians, unlike their counterparts in Canada and I suppose elsewhere also, do not read. They don’t do research. Nigerian legislators don’t make use of libraries either for research or for any other purpose. more

4 Jan 2017 00:00 Reuben ABATI

I don’t like Mr. Reuben Abati. Over the past five years, I have come to view him as a rather unpleasant human being more

29 Dec 2016 00:00 Reuben ABATI

Cameroonians got their chance of introducing into the syllabus of Comedy and Other Comic Forms (a subject I taught in my other career), what seemed like a variant of the domestic nature of humour and wit, when in the last week and more days, they more

20 Dec 2016 00:00 Reuben ABATI

When President Yahya Jammeh of The Gambia conceded defeat after the December 1, Presidential elections in that West African country of 1.9 million people, the gesture was widely hailed and described as an indication of great hope for democracy in more

13 Dec 2016 00:00 Reuben ABATI

The recent Governorship elections in Edo and Ondo States threw up a number of issues about the politics of succession in Nigeria. In Edo State, you would think it was the then incumbent Governor Adams Oshiomhole seeking re-election. He campaigned more

3 Dec 2016 00:00 Reuben ABATI

The death of Fidel Castro was long expected and when it finally came on Friday night, there was very little surprise across the world. He was 90, and in August, he had himself predicted that he would not live beyond 90. He had been sick for about ten more

27 Nov 2016 00:00 Reuben ABATI

The Aisha Buhari interview also fell short in this regard. She just gave the BBC Hausa service a scoop, which in my view has done more damage to her husband’s politics than good. more

16 Oct 2016 00:00 Reuben ABATI

I have heard people insist that there is some form of witchcraft at work in the country’s seat of government. I am ordinarily not a superstitious person, but working in the Villa, I eventually became convinced that there must be something more

14 Oct 2016 00:00 Reuben ABATI

Perhaps what makes this prospect even more believable is the narrative already being peddled that the incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari may decide to be a one-term President, and therefore step down from office in 2019. He would be 77 then, more

7 Oct 2016 00:00 Reuben ABATI

The various reactions on Independence Day yesterday can only compel us to ask one question: what does Nigeria mean to you or me? I had written a piece on Friday, September 30, in which I advised that Nigerians should embrace hope rather than despair more

2 Oct 2016 00:00 Reuben ABATI

Chief Sunday Adeniyi Adegeye, the legendary juju musician popularly known as King Sunny Ade deserves the four-month-long celebration of his 70th birthday which began on September 1, marked with great attention on September 22, the actual date of his more

25 Sep 2016 00:00 Reuben ABATI

Whoever came up with the aphorism that “like attracts like” deserves a special place in the Guinness Book of World Records. How true! Our country Nigeria went to the Rio Olympics and came back with a bronze medal in football, looking really pitiable more

16 Sep 2016 00:00 Reuben ABATI

In the past few weeks, my colleagues who have taken over as spokespersons for the Muhammadu Buhari government and the All Progressives Congress (APC) have found themselves in the line of fire, as they are accused of destroying their old reputation more

12 Sep 2016 00:00 Reuben ABATI

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