Essays / The Pontifical Papers

[Sunday Punch] ON GENDER EQUALITY AND THE IGNORANCE OF HIGH PLACES | by Ayo Sogunro

Over a week ago, the lawmakers of Enugu State had the opportunity to consider what was termed the “Equal Rights and Opportunities for Men and Women and other Matters Related Thereto Bill.” These lawmakers, however, were not in the mood for opportunities—equal or otherwise—and the bill was “stepped down.” I have not seen a copy … Continue reading

Miscellaneous / Satiric

2016 BUDGET: A QUICK TIMELINE OF PUBLIC STATEMENTS

The Budget of Hopefully “We are determined to ensure that our resources are managed prudently and utilized solely for the public good. To set the proper tone, one of our early decisions was the adoption of a zero based budgeting approach, which ensures that resources are aligned with Government’s priorities and allocated efficiently.” President Buhari, … Continue reading

Essays / The Pontifical Papers

[Sunday Punch] REVISITING THE KING’S SPEECH | by Ayo Sogunro

I have followed, with some concern, the conversations and arguments by Nigerians following last week’s publication of President Buhari’s UK interview with the Telegraph. Some Nigerians—particularly migrants confronted with racial realities—are worried about the consequences (and lack of empathy) of the president’s statement, other Nigerians are happy that the president is “saying it as it … Continue reading

Essays / The Pontifical Papers

SOME MORE TALK ON RHODODENDRONS IN DONKEYDOM | by Ayo Sogunro

The Nigerian system is run on a series of orders and counter-orders and exemptions to orders. This is why we keep “praying” for good leaders instead of demanding good laws. Our leaders determine what laws will be enforced by making “orders” to that effect. It is instructive that the early colonial laws were, in fact, referred to as “Orders”. In short, it seems our political legacy is the irrelevance of laws and the supremacy of the “orders” selectively enforced by an Oga. Continue reading