Opinion: My coronavirus anecdotes and the dangers ahead – By Reuben Abati

Reuben Abati This is a piece around and about what I have seen about Coronavirus in Nigeria, from a sociological perspective, and not a report of any pathogenic experience. It has been more than a month since the Federal Government placed Lagos and Ogun states, and the Federal Capital Territory on a lockdown on account […]

Opinion: Corona Chronicles ~ By Reuben Abati

This is my third commentary on the Corona virus pestilence (see “E ku Corona o” – ThisDay, March 3, and “Amala and the Corona virus patient” – ThisDay, March 10), and now, three weeks later, the most important subject still remains this mysterious plague that has changed the way we live, the way we think, […]

Dapchi 110: The Tragedy Of A Nation By Reuben Abati

Karma is a bitch. Poetic justice is a bastard. Both have combined to wrong-foot the incumbent Buhari administration to make it look like a big mistake and an act of misjudgment by the Nigerian electorate.  If Buhari had been disallowed from taking power in 2015, and those who advised President Goodluck Jonathan not to give a damn had their way, and Jonathan […]

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 […]


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