Opinion

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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Dino Melaye: The Making Of A Brand

  It is a sign of the times, and a tragedy that the most popular senator in the Nigerian national assembly at this moment is not the person who has moved the most impactful motion, not a lawmaker who has proposed a thought-provoking bill, and certainly not any senator who has given any impressive speech …

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Nigeria’s Angry Children Of Suicide-Reuben Abati

  I once wrote about Nigeria’s “children of anger”, but the country seems to have progressed from anger to clinical depression, resulting in a rise not merely in social aggressiveness, but a determination by certain individuals to escape from it all. The percentage of Nigerians seeking escape through suicide nonetheless remains small relative to the …

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Buhari’s Return: Matters Arising-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 interview on Channels TV’s Politics Today with Seun Okinbaloye. In the …

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From London To Abuja In 50 Days: Buhari’s Return

  The cities of Daura -President Muhammadu Buhari’s home town, Kano – his political base, and Kaduna -where he has a home, and where the aircraft that brought him from London landed early Friday, March 10, as well as other parts of the North saw the people trooping out to jubilate and thank God for …

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AMALA FIESTA: A QUICK DIAGNOSIS OF A MAIDEN FOOD-CULTURE GATHERING IN IBADAN

  Recently, the media was awash with stories which ordinarily would not have taken hold of the headlines. I cannot remember the last time a story about food-related fiesta/event enjoyed media attention like it did when the Oyo State Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Mr. Toye Arulogun made a press statement few months ago …

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Lagos Mob Killing: A tale of blood and the sanctity of human life

  Recently, the social media was awash with the gory sight of a video that went viral on the internet. The video was a gruesome lynching of an unidentified person who was badly beaten, with blood running down from his face before he was set ablaze by some unknown persons. It is difficult to ascertain …

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