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WHAT DO THESE ANTI-GMO ACTIVISTS WANT By Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour

On Monday, 15th August, I was privileged to be a panelist at the ‘Experts meeting on Bio-safety & Bio-technology-GMOs’ organized by the Ministry of Environment and the Ministry of Agriculture. In attendance were the Minister’s of Science &Technology, Agriculture and Environment. In their opening remarks, they made it clear that ...

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John Kerry’s Visit: Beyond The Cover Story By Reuben Abati

Essential 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 as a narrative to mask far more strategic interests in government-to- government ...

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Paying Tribute To O. J. Abuah By Reuben Abati

Life is all about memories. It is the only thing we are left with when flesh and spirit depart the earthly plane, and we can do no more than remember the life of the departed, through memories of times and moments shared, and their deeds in their lifetime. I received ...

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When Nigerian Biotech Experts Met By Nnimmo Bassey

Three Nigerian ministries had top level representation at the Biotechnology and Biosafety Experts Meeting at Sheraton Hotel, Abuja on 15 August 2016. The Minister and Minister of State for Environment were present. So were the Ministers of Agriculture and Rural Development, as well as the Minister of Science. Interestingly, rather ...

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The Parable Of Husband’s Cane By Reuben Abati

One 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 of this, they continue to make similar mistakes and draw the same ...

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Governor Wike’s Clarion Call to the Nigerian Media By George Kerley

In a most moving speech to the 12th All Nigeria Editors Conference recently held in Port Harcourt, Governor Nyesom Wike accused the Nigerian media of deliberately turning a blind eye to the challenges of Rivers state and its people in the manner with which they report news items from Rivers ...

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Tales from Rio By Reuben Abati

In some other countries of the world, a bronze medal at the Olympics is not something to be talked about or celebrated. Not even silver is satisfactory sometimes, just remember that look on Russian athlete Yulia Efimova’s face as her arch-rival, Lilly King of the United States took the gold ...

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Nigeria, 2016 Olympics And Other Stories By 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. That dumb Minister who wears the red cap that looks ...

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Five Years After UNEP Report – Will Ogoni Breathe Again? By Nnimmo Bassey

August 4, 2016 marks the 5th anniversary of the submission of the report of the assessment of the environment of Ogoniland to former President Jonathan by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). The report etched for Nigeria and the world, the damning levels of hydrocarbon and other toxic pollutions in ...

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Let’s Talk Turkey About Turkey 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) had fetched a mail and direct messages from a concerned Nigerian who ...

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