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The Mark Zuckerberg visit By Reuben Abati

Mark Zuckerberg’s two-day visit to Nigeria has done a lot for the country; it is a pity no government official or agency has tried to tap into the gains of that visit. He arrived at a time there was much talk about economic recession, concerns about companies folding up or ...

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Goodluck Jonathan; Nigeria’s ‘Worst’ President Turned Best Ex-President By Majeed Dahiru

Few men in the history of any nation are as privileged and fortunate, as former President Goodluck Jonathan, to have held every important position of authority and power, consecutively for 16 unbroken years. First elected in 1999 as deputy governor, then governor in 2005, later as vice president in 2007 ...

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The Man Who Named His Dog Buhari By Reuben Abati

The one absolutely unselfish friend that a man can have in this selfish world, the one that never deserts him and the one that never proves ungrateful or treacherous is his dog – George Graham Vest (1870) Joe Fortemose Chinakwe, the man who named his dog after President Muhammadu Buhari ...

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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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