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African Arguments – WHY ELECTIONS WON’T CHANGE NIGERIA | by Ayo Sogunro

In just a couple of weeks, Nigerians will get to vote for their president. On 16 February, the people will have a choice between 72 candidates – though in another sense, they will have no choice at all. The only two nominees with a realistic chance are President Muhammadu Buhari and former vice-president Atiku Abubakar. They come … Continue reading

WHY NIGERIANS DON’T CARE ABOUT FUNCTIONAL CARRIERS – OR DYSFUNCTIONAL ELECTIONS | By Ayo Sogunro
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WHY NIGERIANS DON’T CARE ABOUT FUNCTIONAL CARRIERS – OR DYSFUNCTIONAL ELECTIONS | By Ayo Sogunro

Last week, the Nigerian government unveiled ‘Nigeria Air’, introducing our latest national vanity project to the world. Several commentators have raised concerns on the transparency, economic expediency, and sustainability of the project, but I am more troubled that the policy interests of our politicians do not necessarily align with those of a majority of Nigerians. … Continue reading

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ON PRESIDENT BUHARI AND THESE “100 DAYS” OF SOLITUDE | by Ayo Sogunro

The 100 days assessment period may not matter to the APC party stalwarts, but it certainly matters to us Nigerians. It is important to clarify this point as we move towards September 5 and the unofficial expiration of President Buhari’s “honeymoon period”. It is also important to clarify this because of the recent media debacle between … Continue reading

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ON JUNE 12: IN CASE YOU NEED A REMINDER (REALLY?) | by Ayo Sogunro

Twenty-two years ago, on June 12, 1993, Nigerians voted for a man to be president in what was supposedly the last electoral act of a transition process that had started a few years earlier. Unfortunately, the mandate was stolen and the elected man wasn’t sworn in as president. In fact, that transition process would drag … Continue reading

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WAIT! THE TIME TO PROTEST THE POSTPONEMENT IS NOT NOW | by Ayo Sogunro

A typically passionate Nigerian who wakes up this morning—or more likely stayed awake last night—to the news that the much anticipated February 14 elections have been postponed would likely get into a righteous kind of mad. This isn’t just about what party this individual supports or what candidate the individual desires to vote for; the … Continue reading