Essays / The Pontifical Papers

THE MYTH OF CHANGE AND THE REALITY OF THE SYSTEM | by Ayo Sogunro

Nigerians want change, but the change on offer today is still within the same dysfunctional political system. This is not just about corruption. In his History of Western Philosophy, Bertrand Russell describes Aristotle’s views of the ideal political setup. According to Aristotle, large cities are never well governed because a multitude cannot be orderly.  “A … Continue reading

Essays / The Pontifical Papers

THE UNFORTUNATE CASE OF THE NIGERIAN POLICE FORCE | by Ayo Sogunro

The utility of the Nigeria Police Force has, again, been questioned since the increasing presence of “Fulani herdsmen” marauders in the country. Any Nigerian child with a fair level of social-awareness can tell you one or two negative things about the police. The Nigeria Police Force is considered the primary symbol of corruption, administrative inefficiency … Continue reading

Essays / The Pontifical Papers

UNILAG: RISE OF DESPOTISM AND DECLINE OF INTELLECTUALISM | by Ayo Sogunro

Last week, the authorities of the University of Lagos agreed to reopen the school. The school had been closed for a while following a student protest over lack of water and electricity on the campus. The university authorities stipulated some conditions for resumption: students have to undertake and notarise a “Re-absorption Oath”; parents or guardians … Continue reading