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Reuben Abati

As someone who has been in that corridor recently, I do not share the view of those who insist that President Muhammadu Buhari’s recent 50-day medical vacation was mismanaged by his handlers, up to this point. I said this much during a recent more

14 Mar 2017 00:00 Reuben ABATI

This is about Stephen Nyitse, the young man who on the day of the coronation of the new Tor Tiv managed to beat security and went straight to where the king’s coronation seat, stool, throne had been placed and sat on it. We are told this caused a more

7 Mar 2017 00:00 Reuben ABATI

After the publication of my column last week, titled “I want to go to London… to see Buhari”, I received a lot of feedback from persons who were either amused or dead serious that they had been overlooked in my compilation of the list of persons who more

28 Feb 2017 00:00 Reuben ABATI

When 15 million plus Nigerians voted for President Muhammadu Buhari in the 2015 General elections, their expectation was that he would be available to serve them 24/7/365, and that those who fielded him as their candidate had done their home work to more

21 Feb 2017 00:00 Reuben ABATI 1 Comments

“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

As someone who has been in that corridor recently, I do not share the view of those who insist that President Muhammadu Buhari’s recent 50-day medical vacation was mismanaged by his handlers, up to this point. I said this much during a recent more

14 Mar 2017 00:00 Reuben ABATI

This is about Stephen Nyitse, the young man who on the day of the coronation of the new Tor Tiv managed to beat security and went straight to where the king’s coronation seat, stool, throne had been placed and sat on it. We are told this caused a more

7 Mar 2017 00:00 Reuben ABATI

When 15 million plus Nigerians voted for President Muhammadu Buhari in the 2015 General elections, their expectation was that he would be available to serve them 24/7/365, and that those who fielded him as their candidate had done their home work to more

21 Feb 2017 00:00 Reuben ABATI 1 Comments

“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 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

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