Essays / The Pontifical Papers

ON THE MINISTERIAL LIST AND SOME UNNECESSARY DRAMA | by Ayo Sogunro

Why I Want To See The Ministerial List I’ve heard that people are wary of serving under President Buhari, mostly because they are worried about his anti-corruption reputation, his stance on declaration of assets, and similar other vices unheard of in a Nigerian president. Well, I am not one of those people. Other than an … Continue reading

Essays / The Pontifical Papers

ON PRESIDENT BUHARI AND THESE “100 DAYS” OF SOLITUDE | by Ayo Sogunro

The 100 days assessment period may not matter to the APC party stalwarts, but it certainly matters to us Nigerians. It is important to clarify this point as we move towards September 5 and the unofficial expiration of President Buhari’s “honeymoon period”. It is also important to clarify this because of the recent media debacle between … Continue reading

Essays / The Pontifical Papers

AND SO, FOLKS, I WENT TO MEET THE PRESIDENT | by Ayo Sogunro

There is something fundamentally wrong with my car. Some two weeks ago, while navigating my way to the Fashola organized “Valentine Dinner with Buhari”, I knocked off my front bumper. This weekend, on my way to “Meet the President” at Victoria Island, Lagos, a piping in my car’s radiator sprung a leak, consequently the car overheated … Continue reading

Essays / The Pontifical Papers

HERE’S FOR THOSE WHO THINK APC IS REALLY UNHAPPY WITH THE MILITARY | by Ayo Sogunro

In February 2013, soldiers were deployed to supress a protest by students of the Nasarawa State University. Not surprisingly, there were provocations and reactions. At the end of the ensuing fracas, four students were murdered by the soldiers. Later on, the state government and the army brass would deny deploying the soldiers. At the end of it … Continue reading

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I HAD VALENTINE WITH BUHARI OR, MAYBE, SOMEONE PRETENDING HARD TO BE HIM | by Ayo Sogunro

On Valentine’s Day, I attended a political event. This was remarkable because I had long established a reputation for declining invitations in general, and being a political nuisance in particular. But it was Valentine’s Day and my “madam” wasn’t in town; and so I figured there were worse ways to spend the evening than at a dinner … Continue reading