Murder of Atsuwete barbaric, gruesome – Peterside

Dr. Dakuku Peterside has described as  “barbaric and gruesome” the  assassination of Barrister Ken Atsuwete in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital. The Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) who was reacting to the sad ...

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The man who named his dog Buhari – Reuben Abati

By Reuben Abati The one absolutely unselfish friend that a man can have in this selfish world, the one that never deserts him and the one that never proves ungrateful or treacherous is his dog – George Graham Vest (1870). ...

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John Kerry’s Visit: Beyond the cover story

By Reuben AbatiEssential elements of intelligence and the intelligence cycle in overseas relations include what is better described as “the cover story”. It is an old conundrum referring to the story that is put out to the public and sustained ...

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Parable Of The Husband’s Cane – Reuben Abati

By Reuben AbatiOne other outcome of our democratic experience since 1999 is how demanding and insatiable the Nigerian voter has become, and because political office holders and the professional political class are yet to fully decipher and understand the implications ...

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Nigeria, 2016 Olympics and other stories – Reuben Abati

“ I hear we are no longer Nigeria, but the United States of Nigeria” “You didn’t hear anything. Stop being hypocritical, my friend.” “But the incumbent Minister of Sports is on record as having said something like that” “I know. ...

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Endorsing Hillary Clinton – Reuben Abati

By Reuben Abati If there was any hope that Donald Trump would change tactics and be more restrained after winning the Republican party Presidential nomination for the November 8 US election, that hope is now lost. The fellow has remained ...

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Instead of corruption, I would have focused on law and order – Fashola

In interview with Stephen Sackur, on BBC’s HardTalk, Nigeria’s minister of power, works and housing, Babatunde Fashola, says corruption is a symptom of lack of law and order, stating that he would focus on these rather than corruption.Mr. Fashola emphasised ...

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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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