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EMEFIELE AND HOW NOT TO FIX NIGERIA | by Ayo Sogunro

Funmi Iyanda—one of the more intelligent persons in Nigeria today—hosts a live audience sociopolitical series in London titled “How To Fix Nigeria”. An episode of the show earlier this year discussed the Nigerian economy. In that episode, Ms Iyanda probed the brains of her guests—including Feyi Fawehinmi and Professor Charles Soludo—on the nature and causes … Continue reading

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ON OFFICIAL POSITIONS AND PUBLIC DISPOSITIONS | by Ayo Sogunro

Last week, a news analyst for a Lagos radio station suggested that Justice Adeniyi Ademola—of the DSS infamy—ought to present his case in court, and not engage in issuing media statements. When someone reminded the analyst that, in fact, the EFCC had used this style of media engagement to make damning insinuations against some judges, … Continue reading

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HELLO PRESIDENT BUHARI, LISTEN TO THE JUDICIARY | by Ayo Sogunro

Last week, in his Independence anniversary speech, President Muhammadu Buhari threw a jab at the Nigerian judiciary. The president said: “In fighting corruption, however, the government would adhere strictly by the rule of law. Not for the first time I am appealing to the judiciary to join the fight against corruption”. These words not only … Continue reading

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REJECTING THE PROMISED LAND | by Ayo Sogunro

One of the more convenient allusions used by patrons of the current administration to justify—and raise hope for—Nigeria’s economic state is that of the “journey through the wilderness”. For example, during a church statement last week, the vice president made reference to this analogy. He suggested that the president was the equivalent of the biblical … Continue reading

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MORE HARD WORDS FOR THE UNILAG SENATE | by Ayo Sogunro

Once again, I am constrained to consider the University of Lagos and its increasingly intolerant attitude towards student rebellion. I have previously written on this in reference to the school’s high-handedness when it dealt with the aftermath of a student protest. I was–and still am–astonished by the degree of repression imposed by the university’s Senate. … Continue reading

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ON CLASSTHINK AND THE “OTHER” NIGERIA | by Ayo Sogunro

I have previously written on our “classthink” mentality in Nigeria. Classthink explains why those of us who are members of the educated middle class often overlook the circumstances of poor Nigerians when discussing government policy. We weigh government policy from the perspective of our immediate environments. If the policy works for us, then it is … Continue reading

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A NOTE ON THE NIGERIAN LEGAL ORDER | by Ayo Sogunro

Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, first Prime Minister of Nigeria, was not always a believer in the necessity of Nigeria’s continued union after independence was achieved. Somehow, however, he became a convert to the need for a “Nigerian” state. Why he changed his mind may not be clear, but what he said about British cooperation in his … Continue reading