What Is Next For Abati?
Abati’s dexterity and prowess in communicating his principles, ideas and opinions on the state of the nation were legendary. Principles, ideas and opinions that are now very irredeemably questionable in the minds of his then numerous admirers. When the news of his appointment filtered into our ears, it was a complete rude shock and disbelief. We knew we were losing one of our own to the political wilderness.
This writer wrote him a missive and got one published in this medium for him to come back to us; that the government of the day was not sincere with its incompetency to see us through our mundane problems in Nigeria. Our Abati refused in spite of the overwhelming facts and signs on ground.
I remember I had a heated argument with a brother when he staunchly defended Dr. Abati, that he took the appointment to effect change within having been a constructive critique of the previous failed administrations. Instead of our icon of inspiration then to change the administration, the administration succeeded in changing him and his hard earned reputation. He forgot the burden of history and the Nigerian political ides of March, he got subsumed in the ugly history of our bruised country. I wept in the museum of Abati’s literary arts and now grieve what history and the future will have for him.
• Yahaya Balogun, Arizona, USA.