28 July 2011
Written by Toyin Adepoju
There are certain opportunities in life that one should see oneself as bigger than. One such opportunity was provided to Dr. Reuben Abati, the former head of the editorial board of the Guardian, perhaps Nigeria's leading newspaper and almost certainly the one with the most prestigious history, to become spokesman to President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan of Nigeria, an opportunity accepted by Abati.
The loss of Abati to Jonathan means that Nigerian civil society has lost one of its most trenchant voices responsible for informed and entertaining analysis of central issues in the development of
. Instead, we have Abati signing Jonathan's announcement that he is putting before the National Assembly a bill to extend the terms of office of the President and state governors to seven years each. The initiative of developing Islamic Banking or interest free banking governed by Sharia law, as it also being described, in Nigeria , is raging, with contrastive perspectives fuelling the flames, and Abati's voice is nowhere to be heard. Nigeria
If anyone has read him on these subject speaking in a capacity independent from his new job as government spokesman, please let me know so I can see that wonder for myself.