The Abati We Don't Know By Bayo Oluwasanmi

By Bayo Oluwasanmi

Every time we make a choice we’re turning a central part of us into something a little different from what it was before. Every time we turn this central part of us in choosing from competing choices, we’re either changing ourselves into a hellish nightmare or into harmony with our fellow beings.

Our choice could mean a state of war and hatred or joy, peace, and knowledge with other people. If we choose a state of war and hatred over joy, peace, and knowledge it means madness, horror, idiocy, rage, impotence, and eternal loneliness.

The right choice and the right direction lead not only to peace but to knowledge. When a man makes a better choice, he understands clearly the difference between good and evil. When a man makes a bad choice, he understands his own badness less and less.

A moderately bad man knows he is not very good. A thoroughly bad man thinks he is all right. You understand sleep when you’re awake, not while you’re sleeping.

You can understand the nature of drunkenness when you are sober, not when you are drunk. Good people know both good and evil.  Bad people do not know about either.

Moral failure is caused by the choices we make, and it will cause trouble probably to others and certainly to yourself. One of the things that cause moral failure is when things go wrong inside the individual.

When different parts of the individual – his different faculties and desires, etc., either drift apart or interfere with one another.

Dr. Rueben Abati, President Jonathan’s spokesman is a metaphor for bad choice. His bad choice of serving a president of an anti-people government, speaks eminently for the Abati we don’t know.

The Abati we know was the Rutam House Abati who was always angry the ways things were with the country in general and in particular the PDP-led federal government. The Abati that relentlessly called for the ways things should be.
 
The Abati we know believed that journalists must report what the government does in the dark. He believed the government is accountable to the people, and any government serves at the pleasure of the people.

The Abati we know was a man many thought would be outlived by his ideas. A man many thought would be his generation’s Peter Enahoro (Peter Pan), Alade Odunewu (Allah De), Lateef Kayode Jakande (John West), Bisi Onabanjo (Aiyekoto), Abiodun Aloba (Ebenezer Williams), and other heavy weights of Nigerian journalism.

Abati’s diminishing returns caused by his Aso Rock propaganda warfare have completely erased the legacy he so labored to build at Rutam House.  He’ll long be remembered as an apostate of Nigerian journalism and a propaganda scoundrel!

Samples of Abati then and Abati now:

Abati of Rutam House on Nuhu Ribadu in 2009:

“… Nuhu Ribadu, the erstwhile Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission who lost his job under rather circumstances, and who is regarded as having been unfairly treated by the Yar’Adua government. I hugged him. He had lost nothing of his humility, his sense of humour and his humanity… a man who had just been rough-tackled by the unpredictable Nigerian state whose moral compass is subject to the whims and caprices of whoever is in charge, and not necessarily principles and values.”

“Then they demoted him in what looked like a routine administrative exercise, but the political undertones were writ large. When he tried to resist the system, they shoved him out of the graduation hall at Kuru, and his employers, the Police sent him to Siberia what Nigerians would call the Ogbugbuaja treatment.”

Abati on Dame Patience Jonathan August 27, 2010:

“The wife of the President of Nigeria, or a state Governor, or a local council chairman is not a state official. The same applies to husbands if the gender is reversed. He or she is unknown to the constitution or the governance structure … under Jonathan presidency, Dame Patience Jonathan even got a special allocation in the original budget for the 2010 Golden Jubilee anniversary whereas she has no official financial reporting responsibilities.”

“The Jonathans must be told that Nigeria does not have a co-Presidency. We have only one president and his name is Goodluck Ebele Jonathan. And by the way, what does Dame Patience Jonathan do for a living?”

“The new First Lady likes to travel, party, and talk outside script. People are beginning to read her lips in order to understand her husband. Dame Patience must not push her Goodluck.”

Abati on Democracy:

“Anyone in the corridors of power, either by chance or right, or appointment, is expected to behave decorously.”

“Democracy is readily associated with freedom: the freedom to be free in many respects and increasingly in Nigeria, many of our compatriots, particularly persons in positions of privilege and authority confuse this with the right to be disagreeable… The sober truth is that democracy is about rights and responsibilities…”

Here is Abati of Aso Rock we don’t know:

On Leadership Newspaper journalists: (April, 2013)

“The circulation of a fictitious ‘presidential directive’ that seeks in the main to cause civil strife, engender a breakdown of law and order, and negate the values of our democracy is a very grievous act indeed that should not be ignored. At its core, such a disruptive act erodes the ethos of governance and professionalism and naturally stirs up those entrusted with the protection of law and order; as it should also, every responsible citizen, interest group and the entire media. In that regard, President Jonathan did not have to issue any orders before those who have as much constitutional responsibility as the media; that is, the police, see the need to act in the public interest.”

On “The Jonathan You Don’t Know”: (Sep., 2012)

“…all the cynics, the pestle-wielding critics, the unrelenting, self-appointed activists, the idle and idling, the twittering, collective children of anger, the distracted crowd of Facebook addicts, the BBM – pinging soap opera gossips of Nigeria, who seem to be in competition among themselves to pull down President Goodluck Jonathan. This army of sponsored and self-appointed anarchists is so diverse; many of them don’t even know why or how they should attack the President.”

On a speech given by Nuhu Ribadu at Ahmadu Bello University, Abati dismissed Ribadu’s characterization of Jonathan administration as a “sinking ship” as “false, hypocritical and self-serving.”

“It is very unfortunate indeed that the once highly respected former EFCC Chairman has now taken to political prostitution and developed a penchant for irresponsible and reckless utterances aimed at improving the electoral fortunes of his new friends and “leader,” who he once famously denounced as crook who is “not fit to hold public office.”

Abati described Ribadu as resorting to “shameless wolf-crying, the peddling of arrant falsehood and denigration of the elected government of his fatherland in furtherance of his selfish quest for continued national political relevance after his wholesale rejection by Nigerian voters in 2011.”

The Abati we don’t know is Aso Rock Abati: a greedy, cowardly, liar, ill-tempered, and self conceited man who practice a wicked hybrid of journalism and propaganda.  

The Abati we don’t know is a fiction writer with no respect for the truth and facts. The Abati we don’t know is the alchemist of Nigerian politics who wants to turn garbage into gold.

The Abati we don’t know is Dr. Faustus who sells his soul to the devil in exchange for four or eight years at Aso Rock as the case may be at the beck and call of Mr. Jonathan.

Morality is concerned with three things: fair play, and harmony between individuals, and tidying up. Abati has successfully abandoned all three. Leaving Rutam House is a blessing rejected that has become a curse for him at Aso Rock.

Abati as the presidential spokesman has reinvented himself through propaganda and fabrications as a direct violator and trespasser of the four cardinal virtues: prudence, temperance, justice, and fortitude.

Prudence means practical commonsense, taking the trouble to think out what you’re doing and what is likely to come of it. When Abati took up the position as Mr. Jonathan’s propagandist, it is obvious that he left prudence in the editorial halls of Rutam House for Aso Rock.

In the absence of commonsense, Abati spuriously engages himself in self destruction in his defiance to prop up lies and follies of Mr. Jonathan.
To Abati, his blind defense of flaws and failures of Jonathan’s administration must be swallowed by Nigerians hook, line, and sinker and would like us to believe that there is no difference between straw and grain.

Temperance refers not specially to drink, but to all pleasures and it meant not abstaining, but going the right length and no further. Abati’s appetite for luxury and pleasurable life, and his infatuation to dine and wine with Emperor Jonathan, makes him to obstinately remain ignorant.

Justice means much more than the sort of thing that goes on in law courts. It is the old name for everything we should now call “fairness,” it includes honesty, give and take, truthfulness, keeping promises, and all that side of life. In this regard, Abati is a living and thriving lie!

Fortitude includes both kinds of courage – the kind that faces danger as well as the kind that “sticks it” under pain. You cannot possibly and successfully practice any of the other virtues very long without bringing this one into play. Abati in this context, is a duplicitous idiot who needs cleaning – inside out.

Nothing but the courage and unselfishness of individuals is ever going to make any system work properly. It is not easy enough to remove the particular kinds of graft or bullying that go on under the Jonathan administration.

But as long as men and women are twisters or bullies they will find some new way of carrying on the old game. You cannot make men good by law. And without good men you cannot have a good society.

byolu@aol.com

 

The views expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect the editorial policy of SaharaReporters

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Woooh! Bayo you have really

Woooh! Bayo you have really rocked my world here!!! True,True and true.

The Abati We Don't Know

According to our elders, insult is more painful when it comes from someone you never expect it from. On both side of the corn, Reuben Abati is a big shame to the Journalism he once represented and Nigeria people.

THE MAN AND HIS AVARICE

When a man throws away all he's ever professed to be in favor of the over-satiation of the belly and the pocket by the same people he professed to fight, then you know for a fact that avarice has set it; or has always been present. Dr. Abati was a made-believe crusader of truth and justice. He's like a clown at a kid's birthday party. He's dressed up like a good guy to make the kids happy and laugh; but behind the costume is an ogre who all along had been cursing the kids under his breath even as he's performing and making them laugh.

Dr. Reuben Abati wove a web of deceit while he may have already been dining with the devil. The likes of him are the reason the country is the way it is. He indeed has sold his soul out to the devil. How can he ever redeem himself?

The Abati in all of us

Bayo I sympathize with you on your frustration with the individual who is unarguably the most convincing token of 'transformation' in Jonathan's gravy train. Personally I wasn't really into RA; encountering him often in "Patito's Gang" on TV where I became increasingly wary of his 'smartness & darkness' The Good Book says, "The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?" Truth is, what we knew then and now is RA. And there could be much worse he's still capable of. This is a moral disease that afflicts all humans. Verily, there's an Abati in all of us. Which is why those of us who must discharge the onerous task of the prophet must take heed

Abati...Your ink is dry!!!!

The Presido, Jonathan needed a Journalist to do a dirty job of cleaning his battered image. He looked round. "Whom shall we send to do this job? Who will it be? The most outspoken & fiery d better jare"! The Presido said with confidence. He was acting on d Blueprint of IBB. Remember how IBB pocketed many "Voices" who were against his Govt. That was d end of all them... one by one! Their "Voices were silenced forever! Need I mention names? No. Posterity will remember them for selling their birthright & conscience.
So our Presido gave d dirty job to Abati. Now, look at what he turned Abati into! A strolling Monkey. What else do you expect from a Monkey that now strolls on d ground. The Yorubas call his likes "Edun arinle"!
Abati...! Abeg ur ink is dry!

Abati...Your ink is dry!!!!

The Presido, Jonathan needed a Journalist to do a dirty job of cleaning his battered image. He looked round. "Whom shall we send to do this job? Who will it be? The most outspoken & fiery d better jare"! The Presido said with confidence. He was acting on d Blueprint of IBB. Remember how IBB pocketed many "Voices" who were against his Govt. That was d end of all them... one by one! Their "Voices were silenced forever! Need I mention names? No. Posterity will remember them for selling their birthright & conscience.
So our Presido gave d dirty job to Abati. Now, look at what he turned Abati into! A strolling Monkey. What else do you expect from a Monkey that now strolls on d ground. The Yorubas call his likes "Edun arinle"!
Abati...! Abeg ur ink is dry!

Reuben Abati

I don't share your views concerning Abati of Rutam and Abati of Aso Rock. There is a complete disconnect between what you cited as a previous view of Abati's pre-Aso Rock days and presently. Haba, man, please cite something more concrete to tie round a man's neck for the purpose of a guillotine. Your write up has a semblance of a hatchet job.

This one no bi something

This one no bi something little this one is a complete "Jiga parasites" this what Reuben Abati has turn himself to plus his brother the serpent "Oku-Igbe".

Luk @ d Yorubas who dumped late Gani 4 obj say no to abati ?

(The press secretary or whatever name he’s called, is one of the key aides of the chief executive in the presidential system at the federal or state level. Curiously, it is the military that have popularized the position and upgraded the status of the press secretary in Nigeria both civilian and military heads of government have long appreciative the need and value of that spokesperson whose job is to constantly reflect the principal positively in the public eye through the mass media.) If Jakande can serve abacha what stops Rueben from not answering the call to national duty? If Buhari who calims to be Mr. Clean can bow his head low and yes sir his way into the heart and mind of Abacha, what stops them Rueben abati from working for Jonathan? GEJ is not good enough 4 9ja. But his oil is abi!? It was Awo who directed his men in UPN to work with IBB-then it was OK. Now that we have an Ijaw man the Yorubas for lack of a clear vision say no!

The writer needs medical help-if jakande can serve abacha

(The press secretary or whatever name he’s called, is one of the key aides of the chief executive in the presidential system at the federal or state level. Curiously, it is the military that have popularized the position and upgraded the status of the press secretary in Nigeria both civilian and military heads of government have long appreciative the need and value of that spokesperson whose job is to constantly reflect the principal positively in the public eye through the mass media.) If Jakande can serve abacha what stops Rueben from not answering the call to national duty? If Buhari who calims to be Mr. Clean can bow his head low and yes sir his way into the heart and mind of Abacha, what stops them Rueben abati from working for Jonathan? GEJ is not good enough 4 9ja. But his oil is abi!? It was Awo who directed his men in UPN to work with IBB-then it was OK. Now that we have an Ijaw man the Yorubas for lack of a clear vision say no!

Abati and the Game

To play any game effectively you must abide by the rules. The beauty of it is that you even have some knowledge of the rules before you sign up. Abati is playing the game according to the house rules. He consented to it from the word go.

Jibiti and Abati

This man is a classical case of Jekyl and Hyde.

The Rueben of Rutham house was "Reuben Jibiti" (a fake wayo guy pretending to be what he is not) and now, the Rueben of Aso Rock is the real Rueben Abati.

We were fooled by his posturing at Rutham, but now we know the real stuff he is made off.

Abati in Aso Rock: a product of psycological masterstroke!

The appointment of Reuben Abati as President Jonathan's spokesman did not arise from the love Jonathan had for Abati! The appointment was a well thought-out plan to silence Reuben Abati. You wouldn't expect Reuben Abati to come over to Aso Rock to churn out those vitriolic pieces against the president and the presidency. IBB did the same to one of the nation's foremost social reformers and critics of IBB's govt, just to spite this reformer. Since Reuben Abati had tasted and perceived the whiff of power there was no longer any holding back to retain it by all means! That explained his underhand altercation with his Egba kinsman, Dr Okupe, over craze for power. Power, money, greed and comfort have joined hands to rubbish all the journalistic reputation Abati had garnered earlier before joining Aso Rock. And, note this, nobody joins Aso Rock and comes out unscathed! Such a person would begin to dance to the drumbeats of inebriating spirits.

Upturned values

You are spot on. The story of when a man upturns his values...

About time all sane

About time all sane individuals started to dish out to Abati what he dished out to others while he was on this side of the divide. Thank you, Bayo Oluwasanmi. I contributed my piece about this sell-out in my piece: The Leadership Newspaper Vs Reuben Abati (http://saharareporters.com/article/leadership-newspaper-vs-reuben-abati-...).
What a shame!

The ABATI WE DON'T KNOW.

Olu,
Your write-up says it all.Abati has really assumed the person of Dr. Faustus written by Christopher Marlowe.Enjoy the filthy lucre of office now and consign yourself to infamy for ever. Good luck to him.