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Sunday, January 24, 2016

Where Are The Public Intellectuals? By Reuben Abati

Something sad has happened and is happening, and is getting worse in our society: the decline of public intellectualism.  And so I ask, where are the public intellectuals? Once upon a time in this country, the public arena was dominated by a ferment of ideas, ideas that pushed boundaries, destroyed illusions, questioned orthodoxies and enabled societal progress.
Those were the days when intellectuals exerted great influence on public policy, and their input into the governance process could not be ignored. Ideas are strong elements of nation building, and even where interests are at play, you know the quality of a country by the manner in which a taste for good thinking propels the leadership process.
 
Public intellectuals are at the centre of this phenomenon: they include academics who go beyond their narrow specializations and university-based scholarship to take a keen interest in public affairs and who use their expertise and exposure to shed light on a broad range of issues. They also include journalists, writers and other professionals who question society’s direction, and offer alternative ideas. The beauty of public intellectualism is that the intellectual at work is a disinterested party, he is interested in ideas not for his own benefit, but for the overall good of society, and he does not assume that his opinions are the best or that he alone understands the best way to run society and its organs. The product of this attitude is that discourse, a culture of debate, is encouraged and in the cross-pollination of ideas, a good current of thought is created; truth is spoken to power.
 
We have had glimpses of this in Nigeria, and without trying to sketch a history of public intellectualism in our country or attempt a ranking of public intellectuals, let me just say that between the 60s and the 90s, there was so much fascination with ideas in this same country, it was as if the public mind was on fire. Academics from various disciplines took a keen interest in the prospects of the new Nigeria, and they went to the public arena to project ideas. Journalists became revered as sages, so much that certain newspaper columnists almost single-handedly sold newspapers.
 
Public lectures were organized which attracted persons who were just interested in ideas. Writers did a lot more than the professional task of producing novels, poems and plays and wrote public essays. The vendor’s stand every morning attracted not just buyers and free readers, but also young Nigerians who every morning debated major topics of concern. On television also, there were debates and those in the corridors of power also took ideas seriously.  So influential were intellectuals in the public space that they soon got invited to be part of government and although the military had always opposed intellectualism, at least one government, the Babangida government had the largest collection of intellectuals in office since independence. Many who lived during that era will remember the debates over the IMF/Structural adjustment Programme.
 
As the years went by however, public intellectualism began to decline. In 2006, Jimanze Ego-Alowes published a book titled How Intellectuals Underdeveloped Nigeria and Other Essays, an allusion to the complicity of intellectuals in the crisis that had by then engulfed the country.  Four years later, Rudolf Okonkwo in an article titled  “The Comedy of Our Public Intellectuals” observed as follows:  “the world of the Nigerian public intellectual is a zoo. It is a zoo full of nihilists. Some are sectarian in their outlook and others are humorless. Some are eccentric while others are comical. But one thing they all have in common is an over-inflated ego of their importance in the scheme of things.”
 
I don’t know about over-inflated ego, but I do know that the flame of public intellectualism in Nigeria is now almost a flicker. There are extremely few new significant voices, saying anything of consequence, the soldiers of old have become old, the fire in their belly, now subdued.  It is as if our academics have lost interest in public affairs, as only a few of them maintain a column or write an occasional piece or take on public issues in the manner of the likes of Wole Soyinka, Chinua Achebe, Segun Osoba, Claude Ake, Bade Onimode, Ola Oni, Mokwugo Okoye, Mahmud Tukur, Yusuf Bala Usman, Ayodele Awojobi, Biodun Jeyifo, Femi Osofisan, Stanley Macebuh, Odia Ofeimun, Niyi Osundare, Chinweizu, Kole Omotoso, Yemi Ogunbiyi, Bode Sowande, Patrick Wilmot…The opinion pages of the newspapers are no longer vibrant. There is so much “opinionitis”, but debate is rare and rejoinders are always self-serving.
 
What has happened is that politically neutral intellectuals have now become scarce; the typical intellectual of today is not public in the sense in which that word is used; he is in reality affiliated to partisan and sectional interests.  The intellectual influence in Nigeria’s affairs is thus diminished because of obsession with individual interests: academics are now at best “acadapreneurs”: the intellectual as an entrepreneur. Business and partisan interests have compromised media houses; those once vibrant platforms are no longer offering vibrant ideas. Within the cultural sphere, there is a total dumbing down. Where are the creative writers?  They are still writing, but few want to get involved in the issues of the day and offer ideas.
 
The effect is that we are in the age of clich├ęs, of jargon writing, of mundane, unimaginative commentary. Whatever appears intellectual is written off as arrogant and there is no quality debate on anything because people have resorted to making fashionable statements that suit the moment and every one is locked in their own little corner, not willing to listen to the other side of the story.  The reading public, whatever is left of it, is also not interested in ideas or anything that requires rigorous thinking. We have thus lost a critical element of public intellectualism: an audience. The people are interested in easy stuff, in fashionable opinions that align with their own partisan interests. Nobody wants to read any long commentary; there is an obsession with short thinking, and whereas brevity may be a good technique, there are certain ideas that just cannot be reduced to a tweet.  It is really sad that today, intellectualism is seen as a threat. 
 
Even when corporations and politicians in power draw intellectuals close; they end up usurping the powers of the intellectual, compelling him to hold his intelligence within the scope of the definition of his assignment. Intellectuals can be inside or outside, and there are classical cases of intellectuals in power making a difference, but that age appears ended, the disdain of intellectualism has turned politicians and corporate gurus into wise men that they are not, and the intellectual into an organic element of power. The greatest power of the intellectual lies in his freedom; when he is denied that under any circumstance, society turns off its energy source and gradually, it is the self-imposed wisdom of clowns that prevails.
 
The gap that has been created seems to have been easily filled by internet gladiators who spend the day shuffling from Instagram to Facebook to Twitter and other social media threads. These new culture activists project a democratic impression of public intellectualism - and yes, there is a sense in which everyone is an intellectual, from the village priest to the village idiot-  but I don’t see the rigour, the breadth and depth and the aesthetic alienation that can elevate this genre and its promoters to the grade of public intellectualism. For the most part, social media in Nigeria is predominantly at the level of tabloid sensationalism, and it accommodates and offers the same degree of freedom to the ignorant and the mischievous, as well as the entrepreneur and the uncouth.  There is no doubt however that its content and the quality can be raised, but that will require innovation, the intervention of thinkers and the creation of new audiences that will be interested in something more than the quick and formulaic.
 
What we have lost is not the intellectual, as there are many educated Nigerians who are experts in their narrow fields, what we have lost is active intelligence as a tool for social progress. The rub is in the intelligence part of being intellectual. Being intellectual is about living a life of ideas and using those ideas to engage society intelligently in a committed manner. 
 
In addition to other reasons, it may well be that our intellectuals are tired of engaging Nigeria.  Having tried over the years to engage the governance elite with ideas and to show that only good ideas should govern society and having been spurned by the politicians, Nigeria’s intellectual elite seems to have become so frustrated, it has retired largely into a state of indifference and inertia. What is the point knocking one’s head against a wall? But intellectuals in society cannot take such a stand. That will amount to an abdication of responsibility: when intellectuals do no more than make righteous noises, the harvest in the long run, is counter-productive.
 
Another factor is the emergence of a “climate of fear,” and a culture of silence/co-optation/acquiescence. Politicians distrust intellectuals; they can’t tolerate anyone around them speaking truth to power or raising disturbing questions.  The intellectual is expected to keep his ideas to himself and respect constituted authority. He is expected to enjoy his freedom in his head and dare not go public with it.  Ideas cannot thrive if the man of ideas is afraid to think, and whisper or speak. Rather than insist on the freedom to differ, many academics, journalists, writers and thinkers have since dropped the baton, and surrendered the public space.
 
But that is unhelpful cowardice.  Those who know better must continue to engage the public vigorously with ideas about governance and public policy, and encourage open debates, for the good of the entire society.  Those ideas must however, be relevant for them to be of any value; they must not be abstract theories that disconnect with the people’s realities, but ideas that offer intelligent solutions to practical problems.
 
Right now, there are critical areas where such intervention is needed: budgets, economic planning, handling a currency crisis that is fast turning into a nightmare (France has declared an economic emergency and yet was not in as bad a position as we are in…Argentina made changes to its export taxes to address its own dilemma…).
 
We have had schizophrenic interventions by the Central Bank of Nigeria and yet where are the intellectuals to come up with analysis and desired alternative views, beyond bellyaching? Where are the inorganic public intellectuals to guide public thought?  Who are those thinking for government, the opposition and indeed the public space?

107 comments:

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HUSBAND MATERIAL said...

Longer dan a bible verse

uche ekwulugo said...

Issorite Grammer too much



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winnie Swt said...

gudmorin Linda..api Sunday 2 u

Juliet Iwuno said...

So dis your epistle has become Sunday Sunday tonic??? Linda take note!

Vivian Reginalds said...

My dear Reuben it could be on strike
-D great anonymous now as Vivian Reginalds

Vivian Reginalds said...

My dear Reuben it could b on strike
-D great anonymous now as Vivian Reginalds

BONARIO NNAGS said...

Same question should be posed to you, many of us looked up to you then, I never missed your article then on the newspaper, was always educating and thought provoking, till you sold your conscience and voice.
Now GEJ is gone and you seem to have found them again.
People like you disappointed us.



. ~BONARIO~says so via NOKIA LUMIA

benneth Enwerem said...

Nice one...almost read it all.Just too long for a Sunday morning.
#sips orijin#

Eugenia Ekeji said...

Oga Reuben Abati Good morning.

Unique Treasure said...

we hv none

Anonymous said...

Are you not one of them??? Where were you hiding when your boss dug Nigeria's grave with his hat on. Mtcheew!!! You lost your pen then bet you've found it now they are closing in on all of you.
Fafafa....!!

don snipes said...

LIB Readers today is ma Birthday

emmizzyy said...

great post and very informative. God bless u sir

Anonymous said...

STFU Reuben. You are part of the problem. What did you do to help while with Jonathan? Talk is cheap

Anonymous said...

STFU Reuben. You are part of the problem. What did you do to help while with Jonathan? Talk is cheap

Adenike Bamigboye said...

Mtcheew

Anonymous said...

Abati abeg no provoke me this morning

GHOSTFACE said...

sseeen

Bonita Bislam said...

Now you can talk, but when GEJ was in power, you became a private intellectual. Bollocks!

Anonymous said...

Shut up Reuben! There are very brilliant young Nigerians out there. The kind of 'share the money' politics your principal played is the reason why they all seem non existent. You, the attack dogs in GEJ's govt. insulted them at every turn. Today you are out here asking where they are. The scales are finally off your eyes huh?

HUSBAND MATERIAL said...

Hapi birthday n many more fruitful yrs ahead @don snipes

Bonita Bislam said...

Happy Birthday Sniper

Anonymous said...

People simply don't read anymore is your answer.

princess Stella said...

Very informative piece.

princess Stella said...

Very informative piece.

rolawe lemmy said...

Brevity is the new cool,in a society where intellectuals are hardly considered sane or their output barely maximised,the end result is painfully exhaustive. When ideas no longer match the figure and verbosity or word pomposity no longer does the magic,we must figure out what works the wheels better.


#GeneralFortune

RareSpecie Z said...

Asshole.
I concur with Anon 7:59 AM

chinelo okafor said...

DEEP!!! WORD!!!.

Jamila Shaibu said...

Ok seen!

Zionbabe... said...

Uncle Reuben dis India movie write up.

Fredrick Ebose said...

i'am no longer interested in you Reuben

Anonymous said...

He doesn't exclude himself, if you understand him...for me, the Nigerian Intellectual bracket is a big FRAUD.

temitope faizat said...

As if you read my mind, don't mind the Buffalo jare

Y.F.C. Omrex said...

Observed, with all humility and honesty I have feelings for Linda Ikeji and would sincerely wish to meet her in person this year as part of my resolution.

Anonymous said...

Enter your comment...mr ruben sir pls search ur self cos u started it all

Zaction said...

Is a nice one oga Roben, the only problem is had the opportunity and you lost it to the Don. Now any true from you will not be taken seriously.
I guess you have repente from all does liars from the previous Government. If so continue your good work and apologize to your fans as we will continue to enjoy your right up. All the best.

Pesin Pikin said...

Very informative epistle. In respect to this post, I bliv our public intellectuals n elites in our society are all aware of the economic meltdown but hope one day the sovereignty of d present administration will pass away n stability will set in.

Adaobilinda her sexcellency said...

Ruben Abati is so so so on point. People this days hv refused to talk. while those who used to talk are no longer talking there by creating a gap. We prefer jumping from twitter to IG to Facebook n others. We should not stop saying our mind.

Anonymous said...

Nice write up ...but as always just one perspective .I think there has been a change in behaviour amongst the generations which the leaders are not embracing for example your I view your writing style is too long because we are more informed ..give us evidence why critical thinking is the way forward and we just might buy in .

Ndubisi Tochukwu said...

All the public intellectuals are now corrupt and are more interested in their personal welfare than that of the nation

sani suleiman said...

This seems to rekindle our hope in public intellectualism. However, Abati should also be blamed for his sectarian disposition during their tenure. Now he is finding his voice. good one

PETER IFEANYICHUKWU said...

They have all become politicians like you did and the ones that are not yet are gathering momentum to get there so why disturb them

stan osita said...

NICE WRITE UP BUT I IS TOO LONG,ME I NO FEET READ ALL OF THEM. OMALICHA LI

VIBEbrown consulting said...

Abasha and iranu.

Eddy Ogbunambala said...

Interesting

Anonymous said...

Happy birthday to you dear!

Di Mateo Xavie said...

Time to show themselves.don come...them de run

Sasha said...

HBD jare

Anonymous said...

Reuben, I always read your article but after reading it I discount it by 99%. You write well, everyone knows that. I now know the true meaning of a good name is more important than anything. You lost it when it counted and mattered most. As children of God, we have forgiven you but am sorry it will take God to build your credibility back. Oga, go and read your articles about Jonathan's govt before and after you joined!!!!!!!!!!! or is your article on Patience before and after !!!!

Anonymous said...

Burj Khalifa( the world's tallest building) was built for 1.5 billion U.S dollars . Subtract this amount from the total of the arms deal fund the administration you were part of stole ogbeni Abati and stop telling us stories.

Anonymous said...

I say told them...in Zebrudaya's voice...dude needs to catch an episode of Toke Makinwa's vlog.....the intellects of our time educating the youth populace.....nsogbu di...Nigeria's future is so dark....

Koko Akpakan said...

Na so so grammar this one sabi blow. When him get chance to work grammar go cease....lol

Anonymous said...

We're here :P

Anonymous said...

Reuben abati shot ur trap, there is no vacancies anywhere so save urself all this noise. Yeyeman

Anonymous said...

His a compound fool

Gbolabo Amusan said...

I believe you were referring to yourself when you said , I quote-"Even when corporations and politicians in power draw intellectuals close; they end up usurping the powers of the intellectual, compelling him to hold his intelligence within the scope of the definition of his assignment"-end of quote. You have constantly received install-mental payments every month for your pen which you sold to corrupt government officials when you join Jonathan's administration in 2011. I wonder what the motives behind your articles are, do you have that illusion that the masses still consider you as an objective writer. Your articles would make much sense if you wrote them when you were still the special adviser on media and publicity to the presidency . So far I am concerned you are a failed journalist who still wants to be relevant in the public sphere. Your words are True but it is coming from the wrong person.

Obyy Ben said...

Happy birthday

yourstrulyblogposts.blogspot.com said...

Happy birthday x

Prof said...

Bro, you are spot on. Abati is a culprit of his own write up. He should just keep quiet and enjoy his loot.

Anonymous said...

I concur with you bro

naan said...

My husband just said the same thing you said Bona BTW I like your comments. Linda biko post my comment cos I don't know why you never do.

Anonymous said...

Tell the fool jare. Stupid Amati

naan said...

My husband just said the same thing you said Bona BTW I like your comments. Linda biko post my comment cos I don't know why you never do.

NaijaDeltaBabe said...

Too hungry to read


...merited happiness

Anonymous said...

Our intellectuals are compromised and therefore fear prosecutions... The academics delve into all manner of corrupt activities to enrich themselves in the universities... While d journalists are brown paper ones.... Furthermore the youths are lazy and am sure the bulk of them will not read all this and thereby are not able to nourish their minds which is needed for debates... We are doomed...

Anonymous said...

Our intellectuals are compromised and therefore fear prosecutions... The academics delve into all manner of corrupt activities to enrich themselves in the universities... While d journalists are brown paper ones.... Furthermore the youths are lazy and am sure the bulk of them will not read all this and thereby are not able to nourish their minds which is needed for debates... We are doomed...

daniela desmond said...

Too long pls...

Anon said...

Nice read

Anonymous said...

See who is talking! People like Reuben Abati destroyed what is left of public intellectualism in Nigeria. Nothing will happen until deceitful people like him leave the scene for more serious and honest intellectuals!

Jenny Duby said...

Hmmm...#LindaConfirm

o'ben said...

It's a Good one....I actually all this social media platforms came too early for Nigerian. our students studies only during the exams period. How will a country move forward when it's populace that claim to be civilise and educated re busy following....Amber Rose and Kim kardashian

Stan said...

Damn you Ruben! How could you people squander the nation's resources, and now you have the nerve to do write -ups on social media? How low can you people get? You guy GEJ is up and down giving useless speeches knowing fully well of the atrocities he committed. Especially approving the arms deal funding, knowing fully well that it was for election campaign. Damn you and silly write-ups. It is only meant for the gullible ones. Your motives are clear to the enlightened ones bro.. It won't work.. Bihari is coming for you too.

Stan said...

Damn you Ruben! How could you people squander the nation's resources, and now you have the nerve to do write -ups on social media? How low can you people get? You guy GEJ is up and down giving useless speeches knowing fully well of the atrocities he committed. Especially approving the arms deal funding, knowing fully well that it was for election campaign. Damn you and silly write-ups. It is only meant for the gullible ones. Your motives are clear to the enlightened ones bro.. It won't work.. Bihari is coming for you too.

Anonymous said...

The amount of comment on this post actual reflects the amount of committed readers we have in the public space.

ahabike daniel said...

Word

dj banti said...

Enter your reply...true

jide seun said...

U lost it Reuben when u sold your brain for a pot of porridge.

Luciana Chinda said...

Okay naaaaah.

Hbd @don Snipes. Llnp

Silver Akintola said...

Sir, truth be told, we were proponents of the change mantra, but we all do admit today, that we did what we did regardless of the intellectual and leadership capacity of the legatee. So many of these "intellectuals" do acknowledge the glitch in the system with regrets, but only found out they gave their support to "Baba Sala", who barely can understand (even after being taught ahead of his final examination) the principles of separation of powers and the Rule of Law, let alone the Management of a Nations Economy and International Monetary Politics. We also do acknowledge that over 200 Days out of 1462 Days that makes 4 Years has been used-up by the present authoritarian at the Aso Rock Villa.
For me, in 2019, I cannot be hoaxed by PDP who have over the years failed Nigeria and Nigerians nor the APC who do not know what it takes to raise a Candidate with creative and intellectual ideas on Democracy and Excellent Leadership. For the State of the Economy, i do not think the Central Bank of Nigeria is the problem, but rather i see a CBN Governor who like a typical Electronic Gadget with so many Remote Controls is being controlled by those who think they know too much in Kano and Abuja. I also see an Economic Team that cannot do much because Baba-Sala does not understand why there should be an Economic Team in the first place.

Silver Akintola said...

Sir, truth be told, we were proponents of the change mantra, but we all do admit today, that we did what we did regardless of the intellectual and leadership capacity of the legatee. So many of these "intellectuals" do acknowledge the glitch in the system with regrets, but only found out they gave their support to "Baba Sala", who barely can understand (even after being taught ahead of his final examination) the principles of separation of powers and the Rule of Law, let alone the Management of a Nations Economy and International Monetary Politics. We also do acknowledge that over 200 Days out of 1462 Days that makes 4 Years has been used-up by the present authoritarian at the Aso Rock Villa.
For me, in 2019, I cannot be hoaxed by PDP who have over the years failed Nigeria and Nigerians nor the APC who do not know what it takes to raise a Candidate with creative and intellectual ideas on Democracy and Excellent Leadership. For the State of the Economy, i do not think the Central Bank of Nigeria is the problem, but rather i see a CBN Governor who like a typical Electronic Gadget with so many Remote Controls is being controlled by those who think they know too much in Kano and Abuja. I also see an Economic Team that cannot do much because Baba-Sala does not understand why there should be an Economic Team in the first place.

Nathaniel Shok said...



"What has happened is that politically neutral intellectuals have now become scarce; the typical intellectual of today is not public in the sense in which that word is used; he is in reality affiliated to partisan and sectional interests. The intellectual influence in Nigeria’s affairs is thus diminished because of obsession with individual interests". Just like yourself sir!

Akpodiete Mega said...

Enter your comment...,

Anonymous said...

joker!!!
see pot calling kettle black. mtchewww
#majekodunmi

golda awosika said...

People ve become quiet.






#*karlishah*

onodje derick said...

I really enjoy this write up! . Only a few will stand up and speak! I wonder what will happen to the next generation if we fail in our duty to perform. I call on all intellectuals across the nation to start engaging in illuminating our country, only in this we can find our way back to the light. Kudos Mr Abatti, keep the fire burning

Oluwatosin Adenusi said...

@Bonario, you've hit the nail on the head. Mr Abati lost his voice when he restricted himself to the GEJ administration because of financial benefits. Though its high time Nigerians get up and take the bull by the horn by engaging in intellectual debates that will help our nation chart the right course.

edeani chiesonu joseph said...

They have joined political parties. And you know what happens when one joins a political party? They sell their conscience

CherishD said...

Happy Birthday to you. I wish you all the best in life.

kings computers limited said...

Very long.

Anonymous said...

Well said bro.

Anonymous said...

Well said Bonario. He did dissapoint us.

Eugenia Ekeji said...

Happy Birthday Bro. More Grace.

damba israel said...

Abeggi Bonario give the man some credit for the beautiful piece




My view not urs!!!!

Gyasisirimou@gmail said...

Adaobi your right I think most of the things affecting people this days is being politically correct people are scared to talk or questions things and again too much westernization could be part of it everyone wants to act like the Americans forgetting we are africans.

Anonymous said...

Hey kid,Reuben Abati was doing his job by promoting the administration of his principal who hired him. When you are hired by an organisation as a PRO,will you be dragging your oranisation's name in the mud because others are doing so?

Please be realistic. No wonder he referred to you guys as "collective children of anger"

Ak100 says so

Chizoba Orjioke said...

They ve all gone deaf, dumb n Blind.. Them dey fear because if they talk too much, they would be investigated and exposed. Unlike GEJ's government that sheltered them.

Linda I hv arrived, post my comment.

Anonymous said...

Alright Uncle Rubes. You have invited me into your world. I am an intellectual. So let me tell you my problem. I want to speak. I often speak. But the only outlet for me to do so and not be visited by thugs is Linda Ikeji and Bella Naija. When you were in power, I traveled to DC to engage you and Uncle Jonah. I saw you 6 times in the Oriental Hotel lobby and Once on the floor where Mr President was staying. I tried to get attention. It was VERY IMPOSSIBLE to say the least. None of you were accessible. You swayed left and right in all grandeur carrying with you an acquired air of import and "unapproachability." Yeah. that is a word I decided to create for you. None other will do. You saw me and a few others trying to garner your attention. But no. You were celebrities. The ruling class have removed themselves from the intellectual space. Those of us who have tried to bridge that space go home feeling stupid. As a Niger Deltan I so wanted to save my brother and president Jonah from the apocalypse I saw coming his way. Yet, I had no access. Mind you, when I call him Uncle JOnah, that was really a name for him when he visited with my parents before he became enclosed in a thick wall of unreality called presidency. That is the simple answer to the question you have tried to present in a complicated fashion. It is not complicated. Channeling Ronald Reagan "Office of the Presidency and Governors, bring down those walls."

Anonymous said...

U should b ashamed of urself,wen u in d corridor of power what did u do?abeg go sidan 4 one jor.

Larry Umukoro said...

are you just waking up? after joining in the loot now you are talking because you have left office.
Abeg park well

Anonymous said...

Again More Nude videos of Blac Chyna's Mum Leaked,
(please be 18+)

anonymousOshare said...

Emmm.. oga abati, alas, we are in the days of stomach infrastructure where partisan people don't get a share of the national cake. Sycophants have replaced partisan individuals. These are the days in which, those with opposing views are stifled ;and the praise singers are exalted.

Jane Chinasa said...

The intellectual has gone silent for the fear of tyrant at the helm of affairs, who believe that his own idea is the. But I challenge the bravely one among them to continue to crtize where necessary, promote when it is done right, without fear of favour or molestation. Those WHO called him names I know are those who those Internet jagons who Mrs buhari hosted in aso rock last December, who were charged to continue to talk nonsense in a bit to defend their government even who the article is a tool to help move the nation forward.. Because of their myopic thinking and tribalistic tendencies that have be clouded their human brains, they will begin to abuse, even without reading the article. They are vulnerable. Buhari government is fighting corruption which am one of the supporters of this cause and all who are found guilty should be prosecuted and pay dearly for their crime against Nigeria. But let the fight be all inclusive whether APC or Pdp with, with respect to the rule of Law, which is a veritable tool which drives democracy. For with the respect to the rule of law, it becomes dictatorship.

Anonymous said...

The same way you were on leave during the GEJ days in office. You cannot claim ignorance of all the not so good conduct of government. It could be that the people who are not talking today may have also been engaged. The Rueben in patitos gang was certainly different from the one that served GEJ.

ogor Henry said...

reuben Abati!!!nice one but objectively speaking,u neva went agaist ur boss when he was in power!!!we ur followers deserve an unreserved explanation and apologies

Abolaji Alabi said...

Even though we'd hurriedly want to accuse Reuben for complicity in d same intellectual crisis during the GEJ administration we cannot but agree with d fact alluded to in his piece. The fact still has to be said regardless. The Nigerian situation has gone beyond laying accusing fingers.....the way forward should be the new deal. Nigeria is not doomed to remain like this and we in our patriotic stance should fiercely and relentlessly work towards remedying the ugly situation on ground. One day, your voice or our voices would be heard. May God bless Nigeria and the teaming youth making concerted effort towards making the country a better place.

Anonymous said...

Did APC Members loot to sponsor Buhari?
May be US Government sponsored Buhari, not even 1 APC Member is under probe. What a shame. Akin your opinion is in line with mine