NIGERIAN POLITICS AND THE MYSTIFICATION OF CORRUPTION | by Ayo Sogunro
Essays / The Pontifical Papers

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

LOOK NIGERIANS, CAN WE PLEASE SHUT UP THE RATIONALISING? | by Ayo Sogunro
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LOOK NIGERIANS, CAN WE PLEASE SHUT UP THE RATIONALISING? | by Ayo Sogunro

  I received with regret news that the Air Force,working to mop up BH insurgents, accidentally bombed a civilian community in Rann,Borno State — Muhammadu Buhari (@MBuhari) January 17, 2017 I may have lost my sanity at some point this week. This is one explanation for why I think the “accidental” bombing of Nigerian citizens … 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

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GUEST WRITER: WILL BUHARI WIN THE WAR ON INDISCIPLINE THIS SECOND TIME? | By AMAKA ANKU

When he began his first stint as Nigeria’s Head of State after a coup in 1983, General Mohammadu Buhari promised not to allow the “the nonsenses of litigation” interfere with his fight against corruption. He then proceeded to oversee an anti-corruption drive characterized by public executions, secret military tribunals, and imprisonment for journalists who dared … Continue reading