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A Short History of the Cruel and Terrible Second Regime of Muhammadu Buhari | by Ayo Sogunro
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A Short History of the Cruel and Terrible Second Regime of Muhammadu Buhari | by Ayo Sogunro

The beginning of an autocracy When Muhammadu Buhari won the 2015 presidential elections, the country was deeply divided between the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the People’s Democratic Party (PDP). As I remarked then, the results of the elections showed that Buhari was not the will of all Nigerians. Give or take a couple of … Continue reading

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African Arguments – WHY ELECTIONS WON’T CHANGE NIGERIA | by Ayo Sogunro

In just a couple of weeks, Nigerians will get to vote for their president. On 16 February, the people will have a choice between 72 candidates – though in another sense, they will have no choice at all. The only two nominees with a realistic chance are President Muhammadu Buhari and former vice-president Atiku Abubakar. They come … Continue reading

THE CASE AGAINST THE NIGERIAN MILITARY | by Ayo Sogunro
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THE CASE AGAINST THE NIGERIAN MILITARY | by Ayo Sogunro

The Nigerian military is sick and requires urgent intervention. Clearly, public intervention in military affairs is a sensitive issue, and our politicians generally avoid commenting on military issues except when it affects their electoral interests. However, the rest of us must not remain mute when it is clear that an intervention is needed. In the … Continue reading

HARD WORDS FOR A HARD COUNTRY | by Ayo Sogunro
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HARD WORDS FOR A HARD COUNTRY | by Ayo Sogunro

Nigeria is not progressing in any meaningful way. Except that modern technological advances  continue to insulate us from the worst effects of bad governance, we are deteriorating rapidly in several ways. In particular, the last few years have seen a rapid decline in Nigeria’s indicators. Between 2016 and now, Nigeria has been ranked as having … Continue reading

NIGERIAN POLITICS AND THE MYSTIFICATION OF CORRUPTION | by Ayo Sogunro
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NIGERIAN POLITICS AND THE MYSTIFICATION OF CORRUPTION | by Ayo Sogunro

Last week, the United States Ambassador to Nigeria opined that social injustices and a disregard for the rule of law were much more damaging issues in Nigeria than the theft of public funds. Although this statement made headlines, this thinking is not novel. For example, back in the late 1980s, Dele Giwa once described Shehu … Continue reading

THE LAZINESS OF THE NIGERIAN ELITE | by Ayo Sogunro
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THE LAZINESS OF THE NIGERIAN ELITE | by Ayo Sogunro

One thing can be said about the Buhari administration: it does not shy away from explaining why the social and economic challenges of ordinary citizens are not its problem. Back in April 2016, Femi Adesina – the presidential spokesperson – glibly remarked that Nigerians who had been experiencing power failure should direct their complaints to … Continue reading

WHY BUHARI IS RIGHT – AND WRONG – ON THE RULE OF LAW | by Ayo Sogunro
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WHY BUHARI IS RIGHT – AND WRONG – ON THE RULE OF LAW | by Ayo Sogunro

It would be comical – if not scary – to think that, barely 20 years after Nigeria transited from military rule, our attempt at practicing the tenets of constitutional liberal democracy seems to be unravelling. Democracies ought to grow stronger as time passes. However, in Nigeria, it seems we have forgotten the foundational and settled … Continue reading