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

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

A SOCIAL CRITIC ON CHRISTMAS DAY | by Ayo Sogunro
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A SOCIAL CRITIC ON CHRISTMAS DAY | by Ayo Sogunro

Despite my reservations about the Christian ethos and mythology, I have always identified with the Christmas spirit. The décor, the ambience and the harmattan usually add an exotic flavour to the season that propels the emotions to cheerfulness. But 2016 has been anything but a cheerful year and Christmas is suffering the effects. The “change” … Continue reading

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ON FAITH AND THE NIGERIAN EXPERIENCE | by Ayo Sogunro

Chinua Achebe, in his classic analysis of Nigerian socio-politics, The Trouble With Nigeria, describes the Nigerians of the 1970s as having cargo cult mentality. This mentality, Achebe explains, is “a belief by backward people that someday, without any exertion whatsoever on their own part, a fairy ship will dock in their harbour laden with every … Continue reading

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HOW TO CRITICISE BUHARI AND GET AWAY WITH IT | by Ayo Sogunro

Times are hard in Nigeria. A lot of us are physically, mentally, emotionally, and financially frustrated. Sadly, the only person anyone can kick in the shin right now is President Muhammadu Buhari. But kicking President Buhari comes with great damage to one’s feet. President Buhari is a saint. You have to contend with fanatical Buharideens … Continue reading

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[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