Essays / The Pontifical Papers

IT’S TIME FOR NIGERIANS TO REASSEMBLE THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY | by Ayo Sogunro

There is something wrong with the mental composition of Nigeria’s National Assembly. Many Nigerians would consider this an obvious statement but, I suppose, my expectations are still quite high. Yet, it seems the current iteration of the federal legislature is determined to outdo predecessors in its capacity for expensive idleness. Consider the 2016 budget. There … Continue reading

Essays / The Pontifical Papers

FASHOLA AND THE WORRISOME TRIUMPH OF CLASSTHINK | by Ayo Sogunro

I have not had electricity in a while. This trivial point had escaped my notice because—like some Nigerians—I have created the illusion of uninterrupted power through the combination of a generator, an inverter and the occasional beeps of DISCO light.  The current fuel situation has forced reality on me. I now face the sobering challenge … Continue reading

Essays / The Pontifical Papers

[Sunday Punch] BUHARI’S ANIMAL FARM AND THE ZERO-SUM GAME | by Ayo Sogunro

“Surely, comrades, you do not want Jones back?” Once again this argument was unanswerable. Certainly the animals did not want Jones back; if the holding of debates on Sunday mornings was liable to bring him back, then the debates must stop. ― George Orwell, Animal Farm Last week, a presidential aide posted photos of the … Continue reading