The ‘new and improved’ trouble with Nigeria | by Ayo Sogunro
Essays / The Pontifical Papers

The ‘new and improved’ trouble with Nigeria | by Ayo Sogunro

Political news in Nigeria is generally depressing. This is not because it is bad news – which it mostly is – but because it is, tiringly and achingly, an endless torrent of reality show drama featuring politicians and their antics. There is no political discourse, no ideological direction, and no intellectual proposals. Our news is … Continue reading

Homophobic rhetoric and Nigeria’s culture of violence | by Ayo Sogunro
Essays / The Pontifical Papers

Homophobic rhetoric and Nigeria’s culture of violence | by Ayo Sogunro

Sometime in May 2015, in Abuloma, Port Harcourt, a man named Charles was harassed, beaten, and robbed by his neighbourhood security watch. What was his crime?  He was perceived to be homosexual. When he reported this incident to the police, he was advised to leave the area if he wanted to avoid future ‘embarrassment’. In … Continue reading

A Short History of the Cruel and Terrible Second Regime of Muhammadu Buhari | by Ayo Sogunro
Essays / The Pontifical Papers

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