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Let’s talk Turkey about Turkey – Reuben Abati

By Reuben Abati  I was shocked by the trenchant reaction to my piece on the July 15 attempted coup in Turkey from at least two persons. The piece titled “Nigerians and the Failed Coup in Turkey” (The Guardian, Sunday, July 17) ...

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Simon Kolawole: Where do we go from here?

Simon Kolawole If you were a lover of reggae music in the 1970s, you would certainly know “Time Hard”, a hit song by The Pioneers, the Jamaican three-man band. “Everyday,” they sang, sonorously, “things are getting worse.” That song was ...

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All Protocols Observed… Our obsession with acknowledgements – Reuben Abati

Nigerians love events and ceremonies. The engine of governance in fact runs on this special fuel, which in many ways has become an occasional excuse for waste and idleness. I have in the course of work attended and compered many ...

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Nigerians And The Failed Coup In Turkey – Reuben Abati

By Reuben Abati Turkey is about five hours away from Nigeria by air, about 2, 634 miles from here, but the night there was a coup attempt in Turkey, July 15, with soldiers shutting down parts of Ankara and Istanbul, ...

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Theresa May, Melaye and the Leader’s Wife – Reuben Abati

Reuben Abati “You call it innuendo? You try. From the look of things, male members of this National Assembly are convinced that women are sex objects. Is this not the same National Assembly where male chauvinists resisted a Gender Equality ...

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Two lives and other stories – Reuben Abati

By Reuben AbatiTwo lives lost recently in the creative industry convey useful messages in terms of the import of their careers and the circumstances of their departure: the elderly actress, simply known as Bukky Ajayi, and the music entrepreneur, multi-talented ...

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AMCON, Ben Murray-Bruce and a Healthy Dose of Common Sense

Simbo Olorunfemi Nigeria, in the recent past, suffered a massive heart attack, leading to a monumental corrosion of her value system. The line between night and day has since blurred, and there is no way to clearly tell the difference; ...

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Weak head, strong centre and cold feet

By Owei Lakemfa These are interesting times to live in Nigeria. Senate President, Bukola Saraki and his Deputy, Ike Ekweremadu are hurled before the courts on criminal charges of allegedly forging the Senate Standing Rules 2015. It raises intriguing questions; ...

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Our Army of anything goes

By Wale Fatade This title is not original to me. It belongs to a former chief of army staff, Salihu Ibrahim, who used the phrase in 1993 at his passing out parade. Over two decades after the general challenged soldiers ...

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‘Biafrexit’ is different from Brexit

What has the United Kingdom just done to itself, its people and the future of its youth? It is difficult to fully understand why a country in taking a decision about its future will decide on a false option that ...

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