The Nigerian culture that Runsewe does not know | by Ayo Sogunro
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The Nigerian culture that Runsewe does not know | by Ayo Sogunro

The Director-General of the National Council for Arts and Culture, Segun Runsewe, has been on my mind lately, and not with admiration. He represents the typical policy dysfunction that is a trademark of our political system: one where people with the least understanding of a nuanced issue are given the task of directing it. Incompetent … Continue reading

Why we must not be fearful of equal rights | by Ayo Sogunro
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Why we must not be fearful of equal rights | by Ayo Sogunro

In the years leading up to and after 2015, corruption was the dominant issue in Nigerian public debates. The idea that Nigeria’s main challenge was tackling corruption was so widespread that it propelled Buhari into office. However, in the last couple of years, the issue of insecurity has taken centre stage. This is not because … Continue reading

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

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

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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