Opinion

Osun West Election: Is The Handwriting On The Wall?

With a clear margin of 31,364 votes, Ademola Adeleke, the People’s Democratic Party’s candidate in yesterday’s Osun West Senatorial election has emerged as the winner and will be representing the people of Osun West in the senate. The younger brother to late Senator Isiaka Adeleke, whose death on April 23 made the senatorial seat vacant, …

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JAMB 2017: Matters Arising-Reuben Abati

  I attended a meeting recently at the headquarters of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board in Bwari, Abuja: the post-2017 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination review meeting chaired by the JAMB registrar, Professor Ish-aq Oloyede. Participants included Professor Oloyede and his technical team, field officers and other staff, all the Chief External Examiners who supervised …

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Igbo-haters, The Arewa Ultimatum And Our Nation

  Fifty years after the civil war ended, Igbos do not yet feel a sense of belonging, acceptance or safety in the Federation called Nigeria. The sad part is that this belief is shared not just by the generation that witnessed the war and its deadly consequences, but Igbos across all generations, including the millennials …

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We Need Social, Emotional Intelligence In Schools

  We are living in an era when violence among school children and in the society as a whole is at an unprecedented level. Domestic violence is on the increase, and our kids are sometimes the direct victims of these acts. The question that often comes to mind is whether the perpetual violence experienced by …

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In Defence of Titilayo Momoh- Reuben Abati

  On March 24, one Taiwo Titilayo Momoh attempted suicide at the Third Mainland Bridge, Lagos. Both the police and concerned citizens rescued her from killing herself. The said Momoh was arraigned on April 21, at the Ebute Meta chief magistrate court on a one-count charge to wit: “That you, Titilayo Momoh on the 24th …

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Workers’ Day: Unpaid Salaries And The Irony Of Our Constituted Authorities

Workers in Nigeria today join their counterparts in other nations of the world to celebrate International Workers’ Day. Workers day is a day set aside by countries across the world to celebrate their workers for their immense contributions to the success of government. Since no government can function without the labour force, therefore celebrating workers …

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Who Is The Presidency?-Reuben Abati

  When last week, President Muhammadu Buhari decided to suspend the secretary to the government of the federation, Babachir Lawal, and the director general of the Nigeria Intelligence Agency, ambassador Ayo Oke in order to allow unfettered investigations of both public officers, the most striking immediate reaction was the SGF asking: who is the presidency? State …

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The Abuja-Kaduna Airports: A Testimony-Reuben Abati

  I have just returned from Abuja travelling through the Kaduna airport. As we disembarked from the aircraft and moved towards the arrival section, I could hear an announcement being made. The diction of the announcer was clear. She didn’t sound like those On-Air-Personalities (OAP, they are called) who speak as if they have hot …

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CHIBOK GIRLS: Three Years In Captivity Of Boko Haram

It is exactly three years today that 276 young girls from Chibok town in Borno state were kidnapped by Boko Haram terrorists. In their quest to acquire formal education, the girls became victims in the hands of merchants of death and destruction-Boko Haram. Three years after, over 70 girls have been reunited with their families, …

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#BBNaija:Television As Madness-Reuben Abati

What a relief! So, the Big Brother Naija reality television programme is finally over. It ended Sunday evening with 23-year old Efe Michael Ejemba, University of Jos graduate of Economics and singer winning the N25 million + SUV at stake, with 57.6% of the votes from over 24 million voters across Africa. Warri, where Efe’s …

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