Reuben ABATI

Reuben Abati

  • 17 soldiers murdered in Okuama

    The casualties of Okuama

    No one is safe. When a people turn against the same men who have been assigned to protect them, there can be no stronger proof of the failure of the State. The murder of four officers and 13 other ranks in Okuama is as President Bola Tinubu has Read more

  • Senator Abdul Ahmed Ningi

    Ningi’s “mischief” and Budget 2024

    Senator Abdul Ahmed Ningi (PDP, Bauchi Central) is a ranking member of Nigeria’s National Assembly. He has been a member of that Assembly since the return to democratic rule in 1999, first as a member of the House of Representatives - elected in 1999 Read more

  • Supreme Court of Nigeria

    New Justices of the Supreme Court

    When Justice Olukayode Ariwooola, Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) retires from the Bench in 2024, upon the attainment of the statutory, mandatory retirement age of 70 years, he would be able to count among his legacies, as CJN, the singular fact that Read more

  • National protest against economic hardship organised by Nigeria Labour Congress

    Photo: Nigeria Labour Congress

    The gut, salutations and the hunger protests

    Salutations to the Gut is the title of an 84-page essay published over 40 years ago by Nigeria’s Nobel Laureate in Literature, Wole Soyinka celebrating the splendour of Yoruba cuisine and gastronomic hedonism, how “the true hedonist has felt in every Read more

  • Godwin Obaseki

    “Emi Lokan, Awa Lokan” and the discontents

    “Bros, how body? Have you seen what I have seen?” “No. How do you expect me to see what you have you seen, when my eyes are different from yours? I use my own eyes. The evidence of my own ocular facility, not what other people see in a country where Read more

  • Insecurity in Nigeria

    A national emergency on insecurity

    The biggest problem Nigeria faces at the moment beyond the parlous state of the economy is the general insecurity in the land and it is about time government declared a national emergency on the challenge. Certainly, the phrase “national emergency” Read more

  • Adebayo Adelabu

    Fixing the Power sector

    Following the three-day retreat held for Ministers, Special Advisers, Permanent Secretaries and heads of Agencies and Departments by President Bola Tinubu, rather belatedly, three weeks ago with the theme: “Delivering on the Renewed Hope Agenda” some Read more

  • President Abdourahamane Tchiani

    Of Niger, breathing problems and other matters

    “Bros, you dey town?” “Yes. Where you think say I for dey. I no tell you say I dey travel” “I thought maybe you would have gone to Niger.” “Go Niger go do wetin?” “I hear some civil society groups are compiling names of persons who will go to Niger Read more

  • Media must act responsibly to combat the menace of faith leaders

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    The menace of Prophets and our future

    It seems to me, with due respect, to every party concerned, that while we are all obsessed with the contemporary, topical issues of Ministerial nominations, the likely conflict with Niger and the noted desperation of the Northern Senators and Elders Read more

  • Allen Onyema

    Allen Onyema, NIIA and the Sports Wall of Fame

    One of the major sore points in the Nigerian story has been the negative role played by non-State actors in the making and the unmaking of Nigeria – those characters who drag the country back and down, those who seize State assets, those who steal Read more

  • President Emmanuel Macron welcomes President Bola Tinubu to Paris

    Tinubu in Paris: Matters Arising

    “See Paris and die!” We used to hear that as young persons. Paris was meant to be the most exotic spot of European civilization, an intellectual capital and the reference point for the Renaissance – Francis II, Cardinal Richelieu, Louis XIII, Read more

  • Asari Dokubo visits President Bola Tinubu

    Asari Dokubo, Tinubu and oil theft

    Asari Dokubo, the self-styled Niger Delta activist and revolutionary who came into prominence during the struggle for self-determination in the Niger Delta finally got the attention that he may have been looking for. He came into prominence in the Read more

  • Moshood K O Abiola

    Democracy Day notes

    “How was your Democracy Day?” “I woke up early, listened to President Bola Tinubu’s nationwide address, and I went about my daily affairs.” “Yesterday was a public holiday. You were expected to stay at home and have a good rest.” “I can understand Read more

  • New Petrol prices (Nigeria) 0623

    Fuel Subsidy and the God of Jonathan

    Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Peter Obi and Atedo Peterside have reportedly asked President Tinubu to apologize to President Jonathan. Of what use would the apology be in the circumstance? Buhari has thrown the Gordian knot into Tinubu’s laps. He should Read more

  • Bola Ahmed Tinubu

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    An end and a new beginning for Nigeria

    Outgoing Ministers brought masquerades to organize and serenade their own farewells. The National Association of Witches and Wizards delivered on their promise that they would be on the ground before May 29 to ensure that there would be no disruption Read more

  • Aliyu Mohammed Gusau

    General Aliyu Mohammed Gusau at 80

    General Aliyu Mohammed Gusau turned 80 last week on May 18, and for those who know him, or have worked closely with him and has been impacted by his humanism and generosity of spirit, he is a man to be celebrated, a strong pillar of the Nigerian Read more

  • Hilda Baci

    Tales the country told me: Hilda Baci and Seun Kuti

    Two major events dominated the headlines in the weekend that just passed in Nigeria: the heroism, determination and the example of Ms. Hilda Effiong Bassey, known as Hilda Baci for short, and the sordid drama of Seun Kuti, son of Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, Read more

  • Nigeria's President-elect - Asiwaju Bola Tinubu

    The return of Bola Tinubu, President-Elect

    Nigeria’s President-elect Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) is back in the country. He was declared winner of the February 25 Presidential election with 8,794,726 of the total votes cast with Read more

  • Peter Obi Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Wole Soyinka Collage

    “OBIdients,” Soyinka, Chimamanda and the climate of fear

    It is not only Obidients that are in a foul mood. The triumphant members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) are not better. They in fact have a much larger tendency for fascism that is frightening, and the real fear is that when these persons Read more

  • Peter Obi and Bishop Oyedepo

    Other tales the country told me

    “Yes. Like your friends in the All Progressives Congress (APC) who are now leaking Peter Obi’s telephone conversations, and who claim that he is trying to start a religious war by campaigning on the basis of ethnicity and religion, and they and their Read more

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