Essays / The Pontifical Papers

IT’S NOT A FENCE, SILLY. IT’S A RIGHT! | by Ayo Sogunro

A lot of us Nigerians need lessons in vocabulary development. It has become quite alarming that the word “fencist”, and its variations, is being brandished as a description for Nigerians who—whether from a lack of conviction in the candidates or a sense of personal privacy—do not show direct or open support for any of the … Continue reading

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HERE’S FOR THOSE WHO THINK APC IS REALLY UNHAPPY WITH THE MILITARY | by Ayo Sogunro

In February 2013, soldiers were deployed to supress a protest by students of the Nasarawa State University. Not surprisingly, there were provocations and reactions. At the end of the ensuing fracas, four students were murdered by the soldiers. Later on, the state government and the army brass would deny deploying the soldiers. At the end of it … Continue reading

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I HAD VALENTINE WITH BUHARI OR, MAYBE, SOMEONE PRETENDING HARD TO BE HIM | by Ayo Sogunro

On Valentine’s Day, I attended a political event. This was remarkable because I had long established a reputation for declining invitations in general, and being a political nuisance in particular. But it was Valentine’s Day and my “madam” wasn’t in town; and so I figured there were worse ways to spend the evening than at a dinner … Continue reading

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BUHARI POTTER AND THE LABYRINTH OF POLITICS

Hey, do you know who I dislike? General Muhammad Buhari—the Nigerian military Head of State who, while in office, churned out dick move after dick move until he became widely acknowledged as a generally certified asshole. Do you know who I dislike almost as much? General Muhammad  Buhari of the All Nigeria Peoples Party, and later, the Congress for … Continue reading

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WAIT! THE TIME TO PROTEST THE POSTPONEMENT IS NOT NOW | by Ayo Sogunro

A typically passionate Nigerian who wakes up this morning—or more likely stayed awake last night—to the news that the much anticipated February 14 elections have been postponed would likely get into a righteous kind of mad. This isn’t just about what party this individual supports or what candidate the individual desires to vote for; the … Continue reading