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READING CULTURE IS DEAD IN NIGERIA – REUBEN ABATI

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READING CULTURE IS DEAD IN NIGERIA – REUBEN ABATI

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READING CULTURE IS DEAD IN NIGERIA – REUBEN ABATI

READING CULTURE IS DEAD IN NIGERIA – REUBEN ABATI

“Abuja big men and women in fact employ assistants to read newspapers for them! While Abuja has no libraries, standard bookshops, or gentlemen, it is nonetheless very rich in hotels and napoi joints. Hotels have become the new libraries. They are the only places where any form of thinking takes place.

As it is in Abuja, so it is in the states, and that is why government at all levels seemingly considers investment in education, an avoidable distraction.

There is an Ake Arts and Book Festival. Before it, there was the Garden City Book Festival in Port Harcourt, but government no longer cares. Reading is anathema to the populace. Nigerians read to pass examinations, thereafter reading is abandoned. We are in the age of goggle-it-intellectuals.

Ideas drive and build nations. A country without a positive and deep current of thought is bound to run into crisis. So it is with Nigeria where the leaders only become animated when they want to share money or play partisan politics. The root of the crisis lies in the recruitment of wrong persons into power.

Try and compare the cabinet list in Singapore with that of Nigeria, for example. The difference is clear. The message is clear. The answer lies in a re-configuration of the leadership recruitment process and the vigilance of civil society insisting on higher values”.

Dr. Reuben Abati, is a former presidential spokesman, a public affairs commentator and a senior media executive


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