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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MORE HARD WORDS FOR THE UNILAG SENATE | by Ayo Sogunro

Once again, I am constrained to consider the University of Lagos and its increasingly intolerant attitude towards student rebellion. I have previously written on this in reference to the school’s high-handedness when it dealt with the aftermath of a student protest. I was–and still am–astonished by the degree of repression imposed by the university’s Senate. … Continue reading

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ON CLASSTHINK AND THE “OTHER” NIGERIA | by Ayo Sogunro

I have previously written on our “classthink” mentality in Nigeria. Classthink explains why those of us who are members of the educated middle class often overlook the circumstances of poor Nigerians when discussing government policy. We weigh government policy from the perspective of our immediate environments. If the policy works for us, then it is … 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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WAGING A NEW WAR AGAINST INDISCIPLINE | by Ayo Sogunro

Nigeria is not a democratic country. Although generally described as a democracy, Nigeria is, in reality, an anocracy. An anocracy is a system of government that is half democratic, half autocratic. In true democracies, authority progresses upwards from the people to a dependent centre. In true autocracies, authority flows downwards from an independent centre to … Continue reading

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ON NIGERIAN MILITARISM AND THE CHILCOT REPORT | by Ayo Sogunro

Last week, the Chilcot Inquiry—the British public inquiry into the nature and causes of UK’s involvement in the Iraqi war—published its report. Generally, the report concluded that there was no satisfactory legal basis for the invasion of Iraq. Military action commenced before peaceful options were exhausted; military action at the time was not a last resort … Continue reading

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THE NIGERIAN SHAREHOLDING ARRANGEMENT | by Ayo Sogunro

This is the concluding part of the article series, “The Hierarchy of Nigerian Policy”. Read Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4. The Nigerians I compare to corporate Directors in our continuing discussion on the Hierarchy of Nigerian Policy are the elected members of government. These are federal legislators, governors and deputies, the vice-president and, of course, the … Continue reading