Why Nigerians Are Special – By Reuben Abati

By Reuben Abati / NNP /  March 18, 2016 – Whatever problem we may have in Nigeria at this or any other time, this country is sustained by the fact that we are indeed a very special people. We have been described as the happiest people on earth, we have also described ourselves as resilient, […]

Ese Oruru, the Girl-Child and a Nation’s Shame – By Reuben Abati

By Reuben Abati / NNP / March 4, 2016 –Three different incidents in the last week cast, poignantly, in bold relief the plight of the girl-child in Nigeria. Thanks to The Punch newspaper which launched the #FreeEse, #JusticeforEse campaign and the civil society groups that took up the fight in a spirited manner. With the […]

When love isn’t enough – By Reuben Abati

February 14th, 2016 It is that time of the year again in the month of February, when there is so much talk and excitement about romance and love, all in preparation for that special day dedicated to love, romance and dalliance, this very day, Valentine’s Day. The romantic propaganda can be really oppressive. In the […]

Do you speak French – By Reuben Abati

by Dr. Reuben Abati I was on my way back from Botswana, after attending a conference organized by the Africa Leadership Forum (ALF). This was sometime in the 90s, on that same trip was Professor Tekena Tamuno, the eminent historian of blessed memory. We boarded an Air Afrique flight from Johannesburg to Abidjan, where we […]

What the witches said – By Reuben Abati

“How was Christmas?” “It’s come and gone. Life goes on. We thank God for the gift of life.” “Life will always go on.” “But without life, we can’t have hope.” “Without hope, life has no meaning.” “I am still in a Christmas mood though. I get a chance to rest a lot during holidays” “Where […]

Six lessons we have learnt by Reuben Abati

The democratic experience in Nigeria has definitely been a continuing learning curve, and the more lessons we learn at various active centres: people, platforms and processes, the richer our democracy, the stronger the society evolves to deliver a brighter future for the sovereign. The greatest residue of our democracy in the last 16 years (1999–2015), […]

Most of my critics hang around government looking for favours – Abati

Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati, has been roundly criticised for working for a government that he has been critical of as a newspaper columnist. He clears air on some  of the controversial statements credited to him […]

Twitter rant: Abati, Fani-Kayode in war of words

     | credits: Chukky Nawkky Special Adviser to President Goodluck Jonathan on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati; and a former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, over the weekend engaged each other in a war of words. Fani-Kayode had, in an article which widely circulated online last week, described Jonathan as a “President without […]

Abati: The President You Don’t Know – By Raheem Oluwafunminiyi

By Raheem Oluwafunminiyi | Ibadan, Nigeria | Sept. 22, 2012 – In the last couple of weeks, the Presidency via its media inner circle has been having it tough with critics, most especially the hard-nut-to-crack opposition parties, the ‘army of sponsored and self-appointed anarchists’ and also ‘the twittering, pinging, Facebook crowd of the new age’. […]

Dr. Reuben Abati: Sir, You Missed the Point – By Philip Akpoviri

By Philip Akpoviri | NNP | Sept. 6, 2012 – Save for President Jonathan and his wife, Dame Patience, no other serving Nigerian public official, in my reckoning has in the past year attracted more vilification than Dr Reuben Abati, the president’s spokesman. The Petroleum Minister, Mrs Diezani Allison-Maduekwe comes pretty close, but Abati leads […]

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