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I returned to Yola on a May afternoon after a seven-year absence. On hand to receive me to the ‘Land of Beauty’ was a midday soft sun that peeked out of the azure blue sky bathing the tarmac of the Yola International Airport with a golden hue. It had been raining as evidenced by the wet fuselage of the Medview Aircraft that had brought us from Abuja as well as the puddles of water on the ‘terra firma’. This explained the very clement weather that wafted all around as I drove into Jimeta whose original name ‘Jinta’ am told, actually means ‘I have received the blessings of this land with my two hands’.

Theresa May, Melaye and the Leader’s Wife - By REUBEN ABATI


In this opinion piece, Reuben Abati, Presidential Spokesman in the administration of Dr Goodluck Jonathan, writes on the much publicized feud between Nigerian Senator, Dino Melaye and his Lagos counterpart, Sen. Mrs Oluremi Tinubu…

Ambode and the Street Traders of Lagos - By REUBEN ABATI

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I wrote this piece after holding a series of conversations with Lagos street traders and hawkers who seem not to be aware of or are just indifferent to, or maybe they are intrigued by, the fact that the State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode has declared on television that the state government is prepared to enforce an existing law banning street hawking.