Essays / The Pontifical Papers

ON OFFICIAL POSITIONS AND PUBLIC DISPOSITIONS | by Ayo Sogunro

Last week, a news analyst for a Lagos radio station suggested that Justice Adeniyi Ademola—of the DSS infamy—ought to present his case in court, and not engage in issuing media statements. When someone reminded the analyst that, in fact, the EFCC had used this style of media engagement to make damning insinuations against some judges, … Continue reading

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

Essays / The Pontifical Papers

ON STUPID LAWS AND CLEVER LEGISLATORS | by Ayo Sogunro

Nigeria’s National Assembly is the bastard of Nigerian democracy—and that’s putting it mildly. Now, “bastard” is a historically hateful word, and should not be applied to fellow humans. But, I have used it here to convey the intensity of the National Assembly’s disregard for both the wishes of the Nigerian people and the values of … Continue reading

Essays / The Pontifical Papers

ON CONSTITUTIONAL POLICEMEN AND UNCONSTITUTIONAL LAWMAKERS | by Ayo Sogunro

Mr Suleiman Abba seems to have settled fine into his new job. More importantly, he is making it into the headlines quite splendidly. Such notoriety comes with the territory—being the Inspector General of Police of Nigeria and all. However, his recent order to withdraw the security aides of the Speaker of the federal House of … Continue reading

Essays / Satiric / The Pontifical Papers

DRIVING IN LAGOS AND OTHER CRIMES | Some Thoughts by Ayo Sogunro

Today, I paid my annual contribution to the Nigerian Police Force: I invested in a Twenty Thousand Naira “Get out of Jail Card”, in penance for the heinous “crime” of making a wrong turn—described by the law as “overtaking another vehicle”.  I have no particular complaints about the financial loss to my pockets—I wasn’t paying … Continue reading