Further indications that the days of Dr. Reuben Abati as Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to President Goodluck  Jonathan are numbered have emerged following the creation of the office  of Senior Special Assistant on Civil Society and International Media by  Mr. President.Already, Ken Wiwa, Jr., son of famed writer and environmentalist Ken  Saro-Wiwa, who was hanged by late dictator Sani Abacha in November 1995  after a sham trial, has been shortlisted to occupy the position,  according to a SaharaReporters story.This vindicates Transport & Business Express, which on  August 6 exclusively reported that President Jonathan was set to appoint yet another Special Adviser on Media shortly after hiring Dr. Doyin  Okupe as Senior Special Assistant on Public Affairs to the President on  July 27 with a brief that largely clashed with Abati?s.In a story entitled ?More trouble for Abati as Jonathan moves to appoint yet another SSA Media?, Transport & Business Express had quoted a competent source close to Aso Rock, the Nigerian seat of  power, as disclosing that ?President Goodluck Jonathan may soon appoint  yet Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, thus making Abati more  irrelevant.?According to that story, ?The new SSA will handle the international  media while Abati will be restricted to dealing with the local media.?With Okupe calling the shots locally and Ken Wiwa, who presently  works under Abati, handling the international media, Abati would  effectively become redundant. It is however not clear if he would muster the courage to resign before being shown the door.Abati was a respected columnist and Editorial Board Chairman of The Guardian before his appointment as Presidential Spokesman but fell out of favour too soon for allegedly not being aggressive enough in defending his  boss and his flamboyant wife. Ironically, Abati has lost his reputation  as a firebrand columnist, thus compounding his situation. 

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