Reuben ABATI



The second wave of democratization in Africa, beginning in the 80s, and the gradual establishment of democracy as the new normal in the continent brought much hope and excitement. As we have seen in the recent intervention by the military in Zimbabwe more

7 Mar 2018 00:00 Reuben ABATI

Karma is a bitch. Poetic justice is a bastard. Both have combined to wrong-foot the incumbent Buhari administration to make it look like a big mistake and an act of misjudgment by the Nigerian electorate.  If Buhari had been disallowed from taking more

27 Feb 2018 00:00 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 constitutionalism and a progressive, liberal and developmental construction more

20 Feb 2018 00:00 Reuben ABATI

Here in Nigeria, we now seem to have a variety of snakes that are attracted by the smell of raw cash, and which feed on vaults and bags of money. A documentary on this new variety of snakes, and a proper documentation of the genus and peculiarities more

13 Feb 2018 20:08 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 say the wrong thing at the right time is the more

8 Feb 2018 00:00 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 Sunday, February 4, is more

6 Feb 2018 00:00 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 public arena in Nigeria. It is a measure of the stature, more

30 Jan 2018 00:00 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 our notice in this regard when in the course of her ailing more

24 Jan 2018 00:00 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 an understanding of the context of its construction. more

9 Jan 2018 00:00 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 African footballer to win the more

3 Jan 2018 00:00 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 had been a witness to the travails of the once-upon-a-time ruling more

12 Dec 2017 00:00 Reuben ABATI

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 News TV at 6pm, 9pm and sometimes at midnight every Sunday. more

21 Nov 2017 00:00 Reuben ABATI

“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 always give you an opportunity to laugh.” more

14 Nov 2017 00:00 Reuben ABATI

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 in the recruitment of persons into his administration. The published more

7 Nov 2017 00:00 Reuben ABATI

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 the following commentary to offer a number of more

10 Oct 2017 00:00 Reuben ABATI

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 Ambazonia Consortium United Front more

3 Oct 2017 00:00 Reuben ABATI

You had boasted that you will deal with any invading force from Abuja. You also said it would be “Biafra or Death”. But when death came calling in the shape of Operation Python Dance II, your enemies insisted that you should have waited. Don’t mind more

26 Sep 2017 00:00 Reuben ABATI

The Nigerian military has messed up Operation Python Dance II in the South East conceptually and operationally, and the attendant arrogance does not serve the Nigerian state well. more

19 Sep 2017 00:00 Reuben ABATI

Mama Taraba - Senator Aisha Alhassan did something shocking and unusual in Nigerian politics during the last Eid-el-Kabir holidays. Members of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) have been on a war-path with her since then. more

12 Sep 2017 17:41 Reuben ABATI

The decision by the Akwa Ibom State Government to build a new Governor’s Lodge in Lagos, worth N9.1 billion or N2.1 billion, in order to have a befitting, presentational house for receiving foreign investors and diplomats at the country’s commercial more

5 Sep 2017 00:00 Reuben ABATI