Essays / The Pontifical Papers

HELLO PRESIDENT BUHARI, LISTEN TO THE JUDICIARY | by Ayo Sogunro

Last week, in his Independence anniversary speech, President Muhammadu Buhari threw a jab at the Nigerian judiciary. The president said: “In fighting corruption, however, the government would adhere strictly by the rule of law. Not for the first time I am appealing to the judiciary to join the fight against corruption”. These words not only … 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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THE APOTHEOSIS OF AYO FAYOSE | by Ayo Sogunro

Nigerian politics is a study in melodrama.  Our leaders focus on short-term solutions and we, the people, focus on short-term problems. One of such short-term problems is Mr Ayo Fayose. Like Mr Rotimi Amaechi under the Jonathan administration, Fayose has developed a reputation for turning up where there’s trouble brewing and hell waiting to be raised. Still, … Continue reading

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THE MYTH OF CHANGE AND THE REALITY OF THE SYSTEM | by Ayo Sogunro

Nigerians want change, but the change on offer today is still within the same dysfunctional political system. This is not just about corruption. In his History of Western Philosophy, Bertrand Russell describes Aristotle’s views of the ideal political setup. According to Aristotle, large cities are never well governed because a multitude cannot be orderly.  “A … Continue reading

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THE UNFORTUNATE CASE OF THE NIGERIAN POLICE FORCE | by Ayo Sogunro

The utility of the Nigeria Police Force has, again, been questioned since the increasing presence of “Fulani herdsmen” marauders in the country. Any Nigerian child with a fair level of social-awareness can tell you one or two negative things about the police. The Nigeria Police Force is considered the primary symbol of corruption, administrative inefficiency … Continue reading