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Judges, the Law and Our Democracy, By Reuben Abati

To expand the democratic space in Nigeria and to ensure the legitimacy and stability of our democratic process, the rule of law, perhaps the supremacy of the law, anchored on constitutionalism and a progressive, liberal and developmental construction of the law, may be our best bargain, the latter in particular …

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What Exactly Is Babangida Saying? By Reuben Abati

The drama, the controversy, the confusion, the double entendre, attended by seeming cowardice, that grew around a statement, perhaps the statements, purportedly issued by former military President Ibrahim Babangida on Sunday, February 4, is absolutely unnecessary, unfortunate and utterly avoidable. A statesman, the new role in which President Babangida has …

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My Kobo advice to the “Coalition for Nigeria” – Dele Momodu

Fellow Nigerians, please permit me to continue with my Presidential race series today. It has become obvious that nothing else, but the lack of competent, visionary, detribalised, selfless, accomplished, exposed, urbane, capable, cerebral, determined and ambitious leadership, has been the root cause of our intractable problems and incredible backwardness especially …

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TRIBUTE: The Alex Ekwueme I knew, By Atiku Abubakar

It is with a great deal of shock and disbelief that I learnt of the sudden transition to eternal glory of Dr. Alex Ifeanyichukwu Ekwueme, GCON, a former Vice President of Nigeria and someone who could rightly be said to be one of the great leaders and founders of the …

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Buhari’s right to run, Obasanjo’s right to warn

He was holidaying in the United States when some of his acolytes in government informed him that the military dictator, Gen Sani Abacha, had made plans to throw him in the slammer and silence him forever. He in turn sent a message publicly to the dictator not to try it. …

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Aisha Buhari: The Critic In The Other Room By Reuben Abati

Mrs. Aisha M. Buhari, the wife of President Muhammadu Buhari is probably the most loved person in Nigeria today, especially by critics of her husband’s administration. She first came to our notice in this regard when in the course of her ailing husband’s medical vacation in London, she famously declared …

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What is cattle colony?

At a time when Nigerians are aggrieved with apprehension that the worsening massacres of innocent farmers in parts of the country by suspected Fulani herdsmen may be getting out of control, the Federal Government may be stoking more fire by proposing to establish what it calls cattle colonies in different …

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Impunity Rides Again, By Wole Soyinka

It is happening all over again. History is repeating itself and, alas, within such an agonizingly short span of time. How often must we warn against the enervating lure of appeasement in face of aggression and will to dominate! I do not hesitate to draw attention to Volume III of …

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Buhari: Between Yesterday and Tomorrow, By Reuben Abati

I wrote the following piece, presented in italics, shortly after the postponement of the 2015 presidential elections. It is important that the reader approaches it with an open mind, with an understanding of the context of its construction. The piece, titled “Buhari’s One Chance Campaign” never got published. One of …

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