Essays / The Pontifical Papers

EMEFIELE AND HOW NOT TO FIX NIGERIA | by Ayo Sogunro

Funmi Iyanda—one of the more intelligent persons in Nigeria today—hosts a live audience sociopolitical series in London titled “How To Fix Nigeria”. An episode of the show earlier this year discussed the Nigerian economy. In that episode, Ms Iyanda probed the brains of her guests—including Feyi Fawehinmi and Professor Charles Soludo—on the nature and causes … Continue reading

Essays / The Pontifical Papers

SORRY, BUT BUHARI IS NOT FIGHTING CORRUPTION | By Ayo Sogunro

Nigerians have an understandable—if somewhat childish and sometimes nasty—habit of singling out a trait in one of their rulers and examining critical arguments from the perspective of that trait every time. Take the Jonathan administration, for example: when critics raised an issue, Jonathan apologists would direct the argument to “But he is a nice (or … Continue reading

Essays / The Pontifical Papers

ON BUDGETS, SYSTEMS, AND OTHER BOTHERS | by Ayo Sogunro

President Buhari gave a nice budget presentation speech earlier this month—and the National Assembly closed it off with an equally nice prayer. The least we can say is, we now know that the Nigerian economy is safe in the hands of divine guardians—if they are not still busy trying to resolve the more pressing situations in … Continue reading

Essays / Guest Writers

GUEST WRITER | IS DEMOCRACY THE BEST FORM OF GOVERNMENT FOR NIGERIA? | RICHARD CHILEE

The argument about whether, or not, democracy is the appropriate form of government for Nigeria has been on the forefront in many discussions I have engaged in. Quite recently, my friend, who has a penchant for analyzing democratic governments and their shortcoming, gave me the opportunity to debate on this salient topic. Presently, I think … Continue reading