The Senator as a coward

Dr. Reuben AbatiBy Reuben Abati

"I am so angry if I see that fellow called Senator Nuhu Aliyu, I will call him a coward and an irresponsible fellow to his face. Being a Senator does not give him the right to take Nigerians for granted."

When Will Nigeria Ever Make It?

By Reuben Abati

Dr. Reuben AbatiThere is nothing more exasperating, living in Nigeria, studying Nigeria, and analysing Nigeria, and being Nigerian, than the realization that our lives have become one long piece of monotonous repetition of failures and uncertainties.

DEMOCRACY: Choosing of a leader in a democracy is serious business

By Dr. Christopher Odetunde

Dr. Chris OdetundeChoosing leaders is a serious business. Like a run away locomotive, 2008 year is slowly but steadily rolling away. The battle we fought against the establishment in 2007 is still fresh in 2008. Like little children just looking to get candy but not understanding how candies are produced, we are at it again theorizing instead of seeking practical solutions that can lead to real development.

The President's 'missing ears'

By Reuben Abati

Dr. Reuben AbatiMen Without Ears is the title of a 1984 novel by Nigerian writer, Ifeoma Okoye. With due respect, President Umaru Yar'Adua is beginning to behave like a man without ears. Being without ears refers to a certain obduracy, a peculiar inability to appreciate the truth. I see the same problem in the Yar'Adua presidency, seven months down the line.

Nuhu Ribadu: The Anti-Corruption Cop They Feared

By Reuben Abati and Kingsley Osadolor

Mallam Nuhu RibaduMallam Nuhu Ribadu, until recently, Chairman of Nigeria's Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is our Man of the Year, 2007. The context of his selection is worth defining. The year 2007 was a turbulent year for Nigeria in which both the Nigerian people and the government grappled with the issues of transition politics and misgovernance.

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