The Reuben Abati They Did Not Know

In an article last week, President Goodluck Jonathan’s Special Adviser on Media & Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati, went after his boss’ critics.

By his definition, they included “all the cynics, the pestle-wielding critics, the unrelenting, self-appointed activists, the idle and idling, twittering, collective children of anger, the distracted crowd of Facebook addicts, the BBM-pinging soap opera gossips of Nigeria,” formerly known as Dr. Jonathan’s friends on the Internet.

alt

He called them a diverse “army of sponsored and self-appointed anarchists,” who are “in competition among themselves to pull down” the President.

As a man who evidently considers himself an authority on public affairs, he said: “The clear danger to public affairs commentary is that we have a lot of unintelligent people repeating stupid clichés and too many intelligent persons wasting their talents lending relevance to thoughtless conclusions.”

The simple truth is that Mr. Abati has reduced to shame many people that used to respect him. Every Nigerian staring at the bumbling, stumbling and fumbling at Aso Rock knows that, having been pushed to the thin edge of irrelevance by Mrs. Patience Jonathan, the former columnist is only fighting to remain presidential spokesman.

Otherwise, it might have occurred to him that labeling critics “liars” and trying to plunge a knife deep into the the very heart of Mr. Jonathan’s political support in the past two years is an amateurish gamble.

But desperation makes a mockery of clear vision, and in the end, Abati’s “The Jonathan They Don’t Know” emerged as “The Abati They Did Not Know.”

Is Mr. Jonathan a nice, simple man, as his spokesman labored to establish of a man who has spent five years in the presidency?

Surprisingly, Mr. Abati does now know how irrelevant this point is. The issue is not about being a nice man; it is about being the leader to uplift Nigeria; about being the “transformational” figure he claimed he would be.

As a “pestle-wielding” dissenter myself, let me now restate some of the grounds on which I have criticized Mr. Jonathan as President, beginning from March 2010 when he became Acting President, and invite Mr. Abati to say how these constitute “lies” against a simple man.

One: corruption.

I have criticized Mr. Jonathan as being the latest in a line of rulers who deploy only words against the monster. If he takes himself and his country seriously, he must not only declare his assets publicly, he must fire such top officials as Ministers as the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr. Anyim Pius Anyim, and Ministers Diezani Alison-Madueke and Mohamed Bello Adoke, all of whom have been stained by allegations of corruption.

Regrettably, along with refusing to sack them, Mr. Jonathan has ignored a mountain of top-level corruption reports that sit on his desk, including Halliburton, Okiro, Siemens, Wilbros, the Petroleum Ministry, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

But there have been words. Among them in July last year, at an event at which he identified corruption as “the monster that we need to confront and defeat,” and pledged that the “war” will start at the centre, he asked two “anti-corruption agencies to probe all federal ministries, departments and agencies, starting from 2007.” As usual, it was the last time anyone heard about that initiative.

Second: Mr. Jonathan’s 2011 political promises, upon which he has completely turned his back, as though they never were made.

Third, the insecurity in Nigeria. Since Mr. Jonathan took office, billions of dollars have been thrown at the problem, alongside denial and amateurish mismanagement.

Four: Jobs. I have documented Mr. Jonathan’s vows on jobs. What I have not been able to document, is a serious, structured approach to redeeming those vows, or a full-frontal assault upon those issues that are keeping jobs away from us.

Five: the “pretend governance” culture in which the President sets up committee after committee to look into serious problems, only to throw their reports aside. His haul includes the Justice Uwais Panel on electoral reform; the Okigbo Committee on Halliburton; the Theophilus Danjuma Presidential Advisory Committee, and the Presidential Projects Assessment Committee.

Six: Jonathan’s Transformation Agenda: During his election campaign, the President successfully sold a transformation concept, but with almost one and a half years gone, he has not published the transformation plan, if any. On July 2, 2011, one month after Mr. Jonathan was sworn in, Mr. Anyim told the American ambassador that when Jonathan unveiled the “transformation agenda,” there would be major institutional changes aimed at plugging loopholes and opportunities for corruption.

The point was confirmed in October 2011 when the Minister of National Planning, Mr. Shamsudeen Usman, said the transformation agenda, when published, would emphasize the rule of law, judicial system and the policing system.

Seven: electoral reform. The intervention Mr. Jonathan promised was reform on the basis of the Justice Uwais report rather than the cosmetic changes that we have seen. Without the wholesome philosophical and functional changes promised by the Uwais plan, true electoral reform cannot be institutionalized.

Eight: arbitrary promises: In Minna in July 2010, Mr. Jonathan warned that Unless Nigeria retraced its steps from corruption, illegal acquisition of wealth, absence of productivity, dependence on oil, and evasion of taxes, “very soon the system will collapse.” Similarly, in his New Year message in January 2012, he lamented that Nigeria needed to move much faster, but “that is where the devil comes in and puts road blocks.”

But it is not the devil that has failed to provide proper example by declaring his assets. It is not the devil that does not “give a damn.” It is not the devil that flip-flops over dialogue with Boko Haram, or who promised earlier in the year he would defeat the militants by June.

These are some of the substantive issues, and they relate to Mr. Jonathan’s sincerity as a man, and his abilities as a leader. What Nigerians are criticizing is the relationship between what Mr. Jonathan says and what he does; and between what he promises and what he delivers, as the quality of life plummets for the ordinary man and woman.

They are about whether Mr. Jonathan means well or not, which is what Abati misunderstands when he writes, “I have even heard that the President spends billions on feeding.”

Actually, yes, the presidency did budget nearly N1 billion for food. And no, it does not matter whether it was for pepper-soup or roast turkey; or whether the president actually eats the food or uses it in food fights.

What Nigerians are saying is that the same President who had no shoes ordered three new executive jets as soon as was officially possible; offers bribes in hard currency to State House visitors, and made his first advocacy in office the subject of a six-year presidential term.

In other words, what Abati ought to be defending is why the Jonathan presidency is deeply resented as a government that has failed its people. Instead, he says, with embarrassing shortsightedness, that the President's critics “just cannot accept that someone with his simplicity can be their President.”

And then, elevating sycophancy into philosophy, he tried to smuggle Mr. Jonathan into the same farmyard as Abraham Lincoln, Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, and Kwame Nkrumah, “men who have shaped the world that we live in by simplifying what others have complicated.”

At a time that Jonathan is pronouncing himself the most criticized President on earth, and asserting his government will now clap for itself if the press will not do it, Mr. Abati ought to have realized that, sometimes, you are at your most eloquent when you are silent.

If Mr. Jonathan wants to enter the same city with those four men, to him falls the challenge of not trying to complicate what they simplified through service and sacrifice.

• sonala.olumhense@gmail.com



1
Re: The Reuben Abati They Did Not Know
Vade Mecum posted on 09-02-2012, 12:06:09 PM
The recent appointment of Dr. Doyin Okupe to do the dirty jobs that Dr. Reuben Abati found beneath him has absolved Dr. Reuben Abati of the charge of selling his soul to keep his job. Dr. Reuben Abati is now looking good. In my book, he is a man of sterling principles, crystal integrity, high ethical standards and a great moral compass. If you do not believe me; ask those who appointed Dr. Doyin Okupe, why they became frustrated with Dr. Reuben Abati.

By refusing to bow to any intimidation in the Presidency or the forcibly amalgamated First Ladyship aspect of the Presidency; Dr. Reuben Abati has redeemed himself. Yes, he is not perfect; but his critics are just human and imperfect too.

It is not an easy job to find a middle course between the demands of an ignorant and regularly fumbling First Lady who cannot fathom that she is not constitutionally a part of the Presidency; the First Lady's globe trotting and out of control ghetto crowd; the PDP army of official looters and outlaws and a President who is often on the verge of confusion and often seemingly intimidated by the militants, terrorists, political and economic forces arrayed against him.

Viewed against the hereinabove described battle-field scenario, Dr. Reuben Abati is a doing great job.
Re: The Reuben Abati They Did Not Know
Agensheku posted on 09-02-2012, 13:39:27 PM
Here, criticism is a hemlock

SEPTEMBER 2, 2012 BY LEKE BAIYEWU
Nigerian political class often interprets criticism as a destructive tool of the opposition rather than an instrument for the public to assess their performance, writes LEKE BAIYEWU

QUOTE:
Criticism is \"the work or activity of making fair, careful judgments about the good and bad qualities of somebody/something, especially books, music, etc,\" Oxford Advanced Dictionary explains.

In the words of the 26th United States President, Theodore Roosevelt, who was in office between 1901 and 1909, \"To announce that there must be no criticism of the president, or that we are to stand by the president, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public.\"

Conversely, the government and public office holders in Nigeria attribute criticism to the opposition or cynics of their actions. This was evident in the reactions of past and current public officers in the country, one of whom is President Goodluck Jonathan. He had last week described himself as the \"most criticised president in the whole world.\" While he absolved himself of any blame for the country's challenges, he vowed to become the most applauded president before he left office.

At the opening of the 52nd Annual General of the Nigerian Bar Association in Abuja, he had said, \"Sometimes, I ask, were there are roads in this country and Jonathan brought flood to destroy the roads? Was there power and Jonathan brought hurricane to wipe it out? If Boko Haram is that of poverty in the North, were there farms and Jonathan brought tsunami and drought to destroy them? Within two years - is that possible?

\"But what I can tell Nigerians is, let those talking keep talking, time will tell.''

However, rather than winning the sympathy of his critics, the president's statement stirred up the hornet's nest.

Reacting to Jonathan's outburst, the President, Campaign for Democracy, Dr. Joe Okei-Odumakin, argued that Jonathan created new problems for the country, just as he inherited some.

She asked, \"From whom did he inherit the N1.07trn subsidy scam? He should be more reflective before making public pronouncements.\"

The opposition parties - the Action Congress of Nigeria and the Congress for Progressive Change - which are known critics of the current administration, swiftly picked holes in his statement. They described it as an admittance of his failure.

The ACN, through its National Publicity Secretary, Dr. Lai Mohammed, said it expected words that could inspire the citizenry from the president, rather than something demoralising.

\"Hasn't anyone told President Jonathan that the buck stops on his desk? Hasn't anyone told him that an administration inherits both the assets and liabilities of his predecessor in office\", the party queried.

The CPC, through its National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Rotimi Fashakin, said Jonathan only became the president \"out of expediency of regional balancing, not necessarily out of sheer competence.\"

But in defence of his principal, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Public Affairs, Dr. Doyin Okupe, however, argued that, the correct interpretation of what the president said was that he inherited several crisis plaguing the country, upon his assumption of office and that it will take some time for the challenges to be resolved.

Political analysts have said when Jonathan said 'let those talking keep talking, time will tell,' it showed the imperviousness of Nigerian leaders to criticism. They recalled the June 24, 2012 presidential media chat, when the president said he didn't give a damn about what critics said on his refusal to declare his assets publicly.

Jonathan had stated, \"I don't give a damn about it, if you want to criticise me from here to heaven. Channels (TV) can talk about that from morning till night; AIT can talk about that from morning till night; all the papers can write about it, it's a matter of principle.\"

It would also be recalled that former President Olusegun Obasanjo in 2007 had disclosed of his disdain for Nigerian newspapers due to their \"abusive nature.\"

He had said, \"I don't read Nigerian newspapers. When people ask me; 'have you read the papers today?' I reply by asking them; 'for what?' They will now tell me, 'they (the media) are abusing you,' and I will reply that that is better than being crucified.\"

In other political climes, criticism spurs a government into action. Rather than fight back at the critics, the government reviews its policies or programmes to correct faults and win the heart of majority of those governed.

In a Financial Times report on August 22, 2012, entitled: 'Hollande government responds to criticism,' France's government was reported to have returned from holiday \"in anxious mood, promising a flurry of initiatives intended to blunt recent criticism that François Hollande has failed to respond convincingly to a darkening economic outlook.\"

Similarly, Liberation, a Socialist newspaper, reported that, \"Since Hollande's election (in May), the head of state has too often given the impression of being in the skin of a sportsman who doesn't know which race he is running.\"

Despite what it described as \"a barrage of negative commentary,\" the Prime Minister, Jean-Marc Ayrault, was quoted to have said, \"We are taking action,\" which included initiatives \"for the coming months on everything from bank reform to gender equality.\"


Advising the government on how to handle public criticism, the Southern African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes, in a report published by Lusaka Times, a Zambia-based journal on August 29, 2012, said the supreme responsibility of political leaders was to ensure that they act to unite those they lead.

The SACCORD spokesperson, Obby Chibuluma, in a statement, said, \"Government needs to focus most of its energy in addressing the challenges faced by the country rather than ranting and reacting to every criticism from those who are opposed to their style of governance.

\"It is unfortunate that SACCORD sees the statements by those in government, calling opposition leaders and their supporters as being bitter and full of hate, as in bad taste and lacking substance.

\"As a government that was elected to bring change, government needs to realise that it is accountable to the people. The grounds on which these people voted for need to be fulfilled.\"

Speaking to SUNDAY PUNCH, a professor in the Department of Political Science and International Relations, University of Abuja, Saleh Dauda, said public criticism of the government was necessary to put it on its toes in service delivery.

He said, \"The role of constructive criticism of the government in a democratic setting is to make the government sit up, so that things that were not done properly would be done properly. A government that hates criticism is one that will go astray. The people will exercise their freedom of speech in criticising the government.\"

Dauda, however said, \"Unfortunately in the Nigerian setting, such criticism is done with no alternative pathway for the government. People's criticism is not based on performance but it is done based on the political, religious and ethnic group they belong to. This is a tragedy in the Nigerian situation.\"


Also, Lead Director, Centre for Social Justice, Mr. Eze Onyekpere, said criticism was necessary to ensure that a government implemented the agenda in its manifesto, adding that it was to hold the government accountable.

He said, \"It is not about criticism, it is about transparency and accountability. If he (the president) goes astray, the people can remind him of his promises to them. We are only holding him to his words and accountable to people.\"

SOURCE: SUNDAY PUNCH
Re: The Reuben Abati They Did Not Know
Enyi posted on 09-02-2012, 14:42:09 PM
QUOTE:
Reuben Abati has redeemed himself. Yes, he is not perfect; but his critics are just human and imperfect too.


Redemption is in the eyes of the beholder. I may have missed out some events. I do not recollecte ever hearing the spokesperson of a US administration calling critics names or resorting to telling banal irrelevant stories, especially when there are important and burning issues. I also recall that these spokepersons usually hold a no-holds-barred news conferences to explain government positions and take probing questions from the media. Significantly, the media men and women do not go home with stuffed envelopes.

QUOTE:
It is not an easy job to find a middle course between the demands of an ignorant and regularly fumbling First Lady who cannot fathom that she is not constitutionally a part of the Presidency; the First Lady's globe trotting and out of control ghetto crowd; the PDP army of official looters and outlaws and a President who is often on the verge of confusion and often seemingly intimidated by the militants, terrorists, political and economic forces arrayed against him.


Was Abati not aware of these, or the probability that they may occur, before he accepted the offer?

QUOTE:
Viewed against the hereinabove described battle-field scenario, Dr. Reuben Abati is a doing great job.


Different strokes. As in everything else in life, Time will tell.
Re: The Reuben Abati They Did Not Know
Vade Mecum posted on 09-02-2012, 15:14:29 PM
QUOTE:
Redemption is in the eyes of the beholder. I may have missed out some events. I do not recollecte ever hearing the spokesperson of a US administration calling critics names or resorting to telling banal irrelevant stories, especially when there are important and burning issues. I also recall that these spokepersons usually hold a no-holds-barred news conferences to explain government positions and take probing questions from the media. Significantly, the media men and women do not go home with stuffed envelopes.


Oh well, despite the complimentary things I wrote about Dr. Reuben Abati; I agree you have made some great points. I hope Dr. Reuben Abati will read your take hereinabove posted and step up his game.

"Diligently dividing" stuffed envelopes has become a cultural thing in Nigeria. Can Dr. Reuben Abati really stop that cultural practice? Can Dr. Goodluck Jonathan stop the distribution of Stuffed envelopes to State House Correspondents? Yes, he can; then again, remembering that "all things work together for good for those Presidents who love Journalists and are called according to the egunje purposes of Journalists" Can Dr. Godluck Jonathan encumber the "diligent dividing" of stuffed envelopes to State House Reporters?

In America, Presidential spokespersons are privy to all developments and the perspectives of the U. S. Presidency thereof. Is Dr. Reuben Abati really well informed enough on the Nigerian Federal Government's take on issues; to boldly hold and conduct an all embracing, all comers and a no holds-barred news conference? If the Nigerian Presidential spokesperson is not well informed about government official position on vital national issues; can we attribute such "lacuna" to "deliberate design", "broken system" or ...."your guess is as good as mine".......?
Re: The Reuben Abati They Did Not Know
DaBishop posted on 09-02-2012, 18:27:02 PM
QUOTE:
Oh well, despite the complimentary things I wrote about Dr. Reuben Abati; I agree you have made some great points. I hope Dr. Reuben Abati will read your take hereinabove posted and step up his game.

\"Diligently dividing\" stuffed envelopes has become a cultural thing in Nigeria. Can Dr. Reuben Abati really stop that cultural practice? Can Dr. Goodluck Jonathan stop the distribution of Stuffed envelopes to State House Correspondents? Yes, he can; then again, remembering that \"all things work together for good for those Presidents who love Journalists and are called according to the egunje purposes of Journalists\" Can Dr. Godluck Jonathan encumber the \"diligent dividing\" of stuffed envelopes to State House Reporters?

In America, Presidential spokespersons are privy to all developments and the perspectives of the U. S. Presidency thereof. Is Dr. Reuben Abati really well informed enough on the Nigerian Federal Government's take on issues; to boldly hold and conduct an all embracing, all comers and a no holds-barred news conference? If the Nigerian Presidential spokesperson is not well informed about government official position on vital national issues; can we attribute such \"lacuna\" to \"deliberate design\", \"broken system\" or ....\"your guess is as good as mine\".......?


Instead of making excuses for Abati's own fumbling (he may need you as his own spokesperson) why does not ABATI listen to the complaints, angry rants of the 'pestle-wielding anachists' and his government take steps to address the issues as raised.

Start
We shall make changes accordingly...
Re: The Reuben Abati They Did Not Know
Agidimolaja posted on 09-02-2012, 23:31:45 PM
It is such a pity that this author who has being around for a while in this our unfortunate Nigeria is hereby attacking Ruben Abati from all sectors for doing the job he was recruited to do - defend his paymaster.
It is on record that in our Nigeria since Independence,there was no one appointed to that position who did not defend his boss even when such boss was a great oppressor and tormentor of the people of this country.
Baba Sir Tafa Balewa failed woefully to lay a solid foundation for this newly emerged Independent country of Nigeria during his six years in office.He was only busy fighting his political foes.
His spokesperson and several Nigerian media houses and many Journalists were all along singing praises of him, calling him "the man with golden voice". Hmmmm!
After the end of the civil war, Federal Government of Nigeria that Gen. Gowon led was busy laying the foundation of corruptions which is today killing us.
His spokesperson did not say a word against him.He was his boss's cheerleader, singing his praises to the public.
When Muritala Mohammed was destroying the Nigerian Civil Service system,his spokesperson did not say a thing against him but all along defending the boss.
Oh yes,no spokesperson dared Obj when he was a Military Dictator and was making such unpatriotic statement as "the best Presidential candidate may not win at last". Yes,indeed.Obj saw to it that the best Presidential candidate did not win.The rest is history!
I'm not aware of when Baba Sheu Shagari's spokesperson went against him even in the face of massive treasury looting and wasteful spending that his Government is noted for.
Even when Gen. Buhari was murdering and locking up innocent citizens, his spokesperson did not say a word against him or his evil actions.
Did Duro Onabule spoke against his imperial boss,IBB? Oh no!
Devilish and destructive as Gen. Sanni Abacha was,did anyone called his spokesperson go against him?
We are all witnesses to how Femi Fani-Kayode served his boss Obj and how Adeniyi served late Yaradua. The rest is history.
Maybe it is other readers knowledge but it is not in mine as to why this author expected Ruben Abati to be differnt when all Presidential spokespersons in Nigeria have a common history of being their masters' voice?
Ruben Abati cannot be an exception because the same corrupt system/people that produced the past leaders also produced the one he is serving today. How then can he be different, in our Nigeria? I dey laugh o!
In Nigeria,if you can't or don't' want to be your master's voice,then,do not accept the job of Presidential spokesperson like Ruben Abati's present job.
Maybe the author and all those he claimed have much respect for Ruben Abati {but are now ashamed of him}should have prevailed over him when he was about to accept the job offer? I'm sure that this author was around then but failed to reach out unto Ruben Abati when it count the most and point to him the dangers in accepting such job.
Those that have so much respect for Abati but are now ashamed of him should have taken it upon themselves to warn Ruben Abati of the danger of losing his self respect and that of many of his friends when he will be defending a known corrupt and inept President.
In fairness to Ruben Abati,we all know or at least should know that being a Presidential spokesperson is simply to defend the boss and his office even at the expense of the spokesperson's integrity.
The author should pity a fine gentleman like Ruben Abati for who may have now found himself in such hot water as Adeniyi did, doing what the job he accepted demanded him to do -defend a corrupt and inept President.
Sincerely speaking,if this author,no matter how good and clean he thinks he is today,if by tomorrow if he too accepted this kind of job offer, he is surely going to become a changed person.
Trust me,if this author is given the same job,he cannot do any better than Ruben Abati as far as Nigeria is concerned.
Re: The Reuben Abati They Did Not Know
Ariteni posted on 09-03-2012, 01:58:30 AM
Una get time o! This is what Abati needs in order to retain the job!
Re: The Reuben Abati They Did Not Know
Bode Eluyera posted on 09-03-2012, 09:54:26 AM
QUOTE:
The recent appointment of Dr. Doyin Okupe to do the dirty jobs that Dr. Reuben Abati found beneath him has absolved Dr. Reuben Abati of the charge of selling his soul to keep his job. Dr. Reuben Abati is now looking good. In my book, he is a man of sterling principles, crystal integrity, high ethical standards and a great moral compass. If you do not believe me; ask those who appointed Dr. Doyin Okupe, why they became frustrated with Dr. Reuben Abati.

By refusing to bow to any intimidation in the Presidency or the forcibly amalgamated First Ladyship aspect of the Presidency; Dr. Reuben Abati has redeemed himself. Yes, he is not perfect; but his critics are just human and imperfect too.

It is not an easy job to find a middle course between the demands of an ignorant and regularly fumbling First Lady who cannot fathom that she is not constitutionally a part of the Presidency; the First Lady's globe trotting and out of control ghetto crowd; the PDP army of official looters and outlaws and a President who is often on the verge of confusion and often seemingly intimidated by the militants, terrorists, political and economic forces arrayed against him.

Viewed against the hereinabove described battle-field scenario, Dr. Reuben Abati is a doing great job.



REUBEN ABATI WINS JONATHAN BADLUCK - BUT AT THE EXPENSE OF TRUE DEMOCRACY AND NIGERIANS!!!

TRIUMPH WITHOUT VICTORY!!!


Perhaps you are right. However, this discussion reminds me of 2 things: 1) Leon Festinger, the late American psychologist and the author of 'The theory of Cognitive dissonance.' 2) An English proverb that goes thus: "You can't eat your cake and have it.'
3.) The "Prisoner's dilemma.' 4.) Eric Bern's book - 'Games people play.' What is the relationship among the four?

REUBEN ABATI - THE GREAT ACTOR IN ASO-ROCK!!!

All his professional career, Reuben Abati has built a reputation not only as a good writer/journalist, but a honest and fearless one - who would spoke the truth (to the power that be) as he saw it irrespective of whose ox is gored. I could still vividly remember how we used to lavish praise on/at Abati for his excellent articles at NVS. To be honest, he stood out among the packs. Perhaps, only two or three other writers/journalists could match his prowess and reputation here at NVS and even the Nigerian print media. Now, when this man eventualkly got an opportunity to serve the country and impliment many of the great ideas in his countless articles, he developed a cold feet. Today, without any exaggeration, Reuben Abati's tenure as the Spokesman for Jonathan Badluck could be rightly assessed as a COMPLETE FAILURE. If we are to be honest, Reuben's impact is not felt at all. Reuben Abati saw Aso rock and Jonathan but could not conquer neither of them. What a pity! His impact.

So, where is the cognitive dissonance here or what has it got to do with Abati? Very simple. In the first place, I was just wondering what were the motives of Reuben Abati for accepting that post in the first place? Did he accept the post out of boredom or to improve his CV so that he could boast to his friends later how he eat pounded yam with ogbonna soup uncountable times with jonathan badluck - who was so poor to the extent that he could not even afford to buy shoes to wear as a student - and his wife, Patiencer(Eh! we are still waiting and PATIENT ENOUGH for jonathan badluck to deliver!!!) at Aso -rock. Or is Abati's main motive to serve badluck jonathan got to do with the high compensation and other material benefits that he would enjoy? He knows best. However, what is certain is that deep in his mind, Abati already knows very well that his boss, jonathan badluck, is another incompetent, corrupt, visionless and morally bankrupt opportunist - like all his predecessors. Perhaps, he did try a couple of times to speak with the president and put him right, but all his efforts were to no avail. It's difficult to say now. In anycase, what is undoubtful today is the fact that Abati HAS LITTLE OR NO INFLUENCE ON JONATHAN. In addition, today, jonathan is perceived by an overwhelming majority of Nigerians as a clueless president and a BIG DISAPPOINTMENT. Under these circumstances, the most honourable thing for Abati was to resign. However, he has decided to stay because of the monetary reward and other priviledges he enjoys in the capacity of jonathan's spokesman.

In order to justify his post and the big salary, Abati has turned into an artist - an actor, to be precise(we must not forget that Abati holds a ph.D degree in theater/drama) Abati has decided to play games with Nigerians. In what form? Sometimes, he says something to defend jonathan in order create the impression that he is loyal to his boss and doing his job. That is the first act or part. The second but hidden act/part and Abati's artistry lies in the fact that he does not go out of his way (like fat Doyin Opeke) to defend jonathan badluck and his incompetent government with all his might and the arsenals at his boss. The second part/act which is meant for Nigerians is meant to protect the little left of his reputation. Abati, knowing fully well that he will not be in Aso rock forever is preparing a soft landing for himself whenever he eventually has to leave. The second part/act is meant to fool his admirers turned antagonists that he, Reuben Abati, did all his best for that corrupt, incompetent, difficult and 'ungrateful' jonathan. Presently, Abati, the master artist/actor, is sitting on two seats at the same time. HE IS EATING HIS CAKE AND HAVING IT AT THE SAME TIME. We can even go further to conclude that the master artist, Abati, is having the last laugh. Why did I say that? Jonathan is frustrated and unhappy with Abati, who on one hand is his spokesman and expected to do everything possible and impossible to protect him, his boss.

In my opinion, Jonathan does not find it convenient 'to order' Abati around in order to do his job as expected(or as he expected) because he believes that Abati ought to know without him(jonathan) telling him. After all, he is not paying Abati all that big salary and the pecks that come with it just for him to loff around at Aso rock. In otherwords, Abati is doing about 40-60% of the job that jonathan hired him to do. He has refused to carry out the remaining and key 20-40% which was the main but 'undisclosed ' reason why Abati was hired in the first place - to be jonathan's police dog, attack, bark at his political enemies and if necessary bite too. But, Abati has 'cunningly' refused to do that for jonathan. Poor jonathan!!! Abati is playing a 'sophisticated game' with his poor boss. Jonathan could not bear the heat anymore as the criticizm and critics of his government from all sides exploded. He discovered that he has no 'hiding place' again - even Aso rock, afterall, turned out not to be a fortress. Abati, the man he counted on would not do his job as expected. Jonathan was faced with a dilemma - either tell Abati directly(withou mincing words what to do in order to protect him) or ask him to resign so that he could hire another person.

But, jonathan realized that it's not that easy - as he might had initially naively thought - to carry out any of the 2 options. Like I wrote earlier, he was not bold enough(or perhaps was just being modest and wanted to show Abati that he is a gentleman and a democrat) to confront Abati and tell him to either resign or do what he expected of him. Here is the dilemma; If jonathan pressurises Abati, Abati may resign and tell the whole world that he was compelled to resign because jonathan was mounting unbearable pressure on him to be his police dog(and not just ordinary spokesman) and since this was against his moral and professional principle, he has decided to resign in order to keep his reputation. Under such a scenario, Reuben Abati would emerge the winner - Nigerians and his colleagues would roll out drums to welcome him and praise him for a bold move. And jonathan will be the looser. He will be viewed by Nigerians and the whole world as a 'civilian dictator' and a pretender. His rating as president will fall deeper.

The option of firing Abati is very bad too. If jonathan 'singlehgandedly' fires Abati, he could blackmail the president by telling Nigerians and the whole world that he was fired because he refuses to carry out jonathan's dirty, immoral and unconstitutional requests that are far out of his professional obligations as his spokesman. Under such a scenario, Abati would emerge the winner too while jonathan badluck would be the looser.

THE SOLOMON'S DECISION FROM JONATHAN BADLUCK - BUT AT THE EXPENSE OF POOR NIGERIAN TAX PAYERS.

In my opinion, Jonathan took a 'Solomon's decision' by hiring Doyin Opeke 'specially' to be his 'police-dog!' And needless to say that so far, Doyin, is doing his work very well and as expected of jonathan. He went to work immediately.


AND THE WINNER IS-------- REUBEN ABATI

The winner in this game is Reuben Abati. With the hiring of Doyin Opeke, the pressure has been taken off Abati. He can now relax, enjoy his job and concentrate on other things that he(and not jonathan) feels are important WHILE DOYIN OPEKE DOES THE DIRTY AND UNPLEASANT JOB. And at the end of his tenure, Abati too(like the other Yoruba guy who was also the spokesman of Yaradua did) will publish his memoirs at Aso rock - and reveal some 'little secrets' to us - which will definitely be a best seller. Perhaps, this was Reuben Abati's hidden motive of accepting the job of Spokesman to jonathan badluck. Reuben Abati is eating his cake and having it at the sdame time.

BRAVO REUBEN ABATI - THE MASTER ACTOR!!!!

In any case, what is certain is that Reuben Abati's reputation as morally upright, principled and honest journalist has been seriously damaged. For those of us - especially his colleagues in the mass media - who could read between the lines and seperate the wheat from the chaff, we will not accept Abati's flimsy excuses or weak explanations to justify his inability to influence the president positively, help him formulate and impliment good policies(that he has often written about in his articles) for the country and his refusal to resign honourably when he had the opportunity.

Finally, if you guys don't mind, I would rather suggest that we refocus our attention on 'why those that we expected much from - like Reuben Abati, Bathlomew Nnaji, disgraced former minister of Power, etc, - fail to meet our expectations and eventually turn out to be 'complete failures' too. I believe that such a honest discussion would be useful for those of us coming behind so that we can learn from the mistakes of the Abatis, the Nnajis and not repeat the same mistakes. THANKEDEDED YOU ALL!!!



We must not are miss an historical moment that chance has offered us to get rid of the descendants of Usman Don Fodio for good! We must never allow the Hausa-Fulani to ride on our backs to Aso-rock. Our children and generations to come will never forgive us!!!


THERE WAS NEVER ONE NIGERIA!

THERE IS NO ONE NIGERIA NOW!

AND THERE WILL NEVER BE ONE NIGERIA IN THE NEXT 500 YEARS!

IT DIED COMPLETELY AND FINALLY WHEN CHIEF MOSHOOD ABIOLA, THE WINNER OF THE JUNE 12, 1992 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS WAS MURDERED IN PRISON BY NORTHERN MILITARY OFFICERS (WITH THE COLLABORATION AND APPROVAL OF THE AMERICAN, BRITISH AND FRENCH GOVERNMENTS)!

AT LEAST 80% OF NIGERIA'S PROBLEMS WERE CAUSED BY THE NORTH AND MILITARY!

THE NORTH HAVE BECOME PERPETUAL PARASITE, BURDEN AND CLOGS IN THE WHEEL OF PROGRESS TO THE SOUTH!!!

THEREFORE, GETTING RID OF THE PARASITIC NORTH WILL AUTOMATICALLY RESOLVE 80% OF OUR PROBLEMS IN THE SOUTH!!!

TIME HAS PROVED THAT A HAUSA-FULANI MAN CAN NEVER DEFEND THE INTERESTS(RIGHTS, PROPERTIES AND LIVES) OF NDIGBO NEITHER INSIDE NOR OUTSIDE NIGERIA! LET US STOP DECEIVING OURSELVES!

ALL ONE NIGERIA HAS GIVEN THE SOUTH SO FAR IS TRAGEDY, PAIN, TEARS AND SORROW!!!

LET US SAVE OUR CHILDREN, GRANDCHILDREN AND GENERATIONS TO COME FROM THE NIGHMARE CALLED ONE NIGERIA BY ENDING THE FORCED RELATION IMPOSED ON US BY THE BRITISH FOR THEIR OWN SELFISH POLITICAL AND ECONOMIC INTERESTS!!!

IF WE FAIL TO DO SO NOW, THEY WILL NEVER FORGIVE US!!!

WE ALL NEED OUR OWN PRESIDENTS, MINISTERS, AMBASSADORS, EMBASSIES, POLICE AND ARMY TO DEFEND OUR RIGHTS, PROPERTIES, LIVES AND INTERESTS - NIGERIA IS NOT CAPABLE OF DOING THAT FOR 52 YEARS!!!

LET US SAVE NIGERIANS AND NOT NIGERIA FROM COMPLETE DESTRUCTION BY INCOMPETENT, CORRUPT, VISIONLESS AND MORALLY BANKRUPT OPPORTUNISTS LIKE JONATHAN BADLUCK AND HIS COLLEAGUES BY BREAKING UP NIGERIA NOW!!!

TOMORROW MAY BE TOO LATE!!!

IF YOU LOVE YOUR CHILDREN, RELATIVES, FRIENDS AND COLLEAGUES, DON'T EVER ALLOW THEM TO GO TO THE NORTH 'UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES' TO SERVE THE USELESS NYSC!! THEIR LIVES ARE MUCH MORE IMPORTANT!!! NIGERIA, A FAILED STATE, BIGGEST BANANA REPUBLIC IN THE WORLD, A VERY SICK AND DOOMED COUNTRY, IS NOT WORTH DYING FOR!!!

WE EXPECT ALL THE GOVERNORS AND HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF SOUTHERN STATES TO PASS A LAW THAT WILL PROHIBIT/BAN THEIR INDEGINES FROM GOING TO THE NORTH TO SERVE AS CORPERS IRRESPECTIVE OF WHATEVER GUARANTEE THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AND NORTHERN GOVERNORS MIGHT MAKE!!! DON'T EVER TRUST THESE PEOPLE OR ENTRUST YOUR LIVES TO THEM!!! THEY ARE NOT RELIABLE!!!

AN ALLIANCE BETWEEN ACN AND CPC IS SUICIDE FOR ACN AND YORUBA RESPECTIVELY!!!

SENATOR CHRIS NGIGE AND GOVERNOR BABATUNDE FASHOLA OF LAGOS STATE ARE MORE THAN CAPABLE OF WINNING THE 2015 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS WITHOUT ANY ALLIANCE WITH MUHAMMODU BUHARI AND NASIR EL-RUFA'S MORIBUND CPC!!!

JONATHAN BADLUCK, STELLA ODUA, ALLISON MADUEKE HAVE MURDERED THEM AND KILLED THEIR DREAMS!!!! WHAT A
PITY!!!

My articles including "Oodua Republic:To Be Or Not To Be?", 'One Nigeria': To Be Or Not To Be?' and my latest series 'YORUBA ROONU DADA - RE: SALIHU LUKMAN'S OPEN LETTERS TO SEN. BOLA TINUBU, MUHAMMADU BUHARI; EL-RUFAI AND NDIGBOS' 2015 PRESIDENTIAL AGENDA' are available at nigeriansinamerica.com.

YOU ARE FREE TO REPUBLISH THIS POST ON YOUR BLOG, SOCIAL WEB SITES AND SEND IT TO FEMI FALANA,WOLE SOYINKA, BOLA TINUBU,RAUF AREGBESOLA, MUHAMMAD FAWEHINMI, JONATHAN BADLUCK, FRIENDS, COLLEAGUES, POLITICIANS, HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVISTS, E.T.C. THANK YOU.



Re: The Reuben Abati They Did Not Know
Ochi dabari posted on 09-05-2012, 08:45:35 AM
Ho ho ho ho. Patience has smashed Reuben, but the man is trying to be relevant. Keep trying, Reuben. To be honest, Reuben was due for appointment to a top job. In Nigeria, that means becoming some kind of spokesman or something like that. Unfortunately, Reuben was in a hurry and chose to be the spokesman of the WORST ruler in Nigeria's history. He will go down with his boss as the worst spokesman. It doesn't help when there is a stark illiterate who thinks she is the govt spokeswoman.

ochi
1
Please register before you can make new comment