The Nigerian culture that Runsewe does not know | by Ayo Sogunro
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The Nigerian culture that Runsewe does not know | by Ayo Sogunro

The Director-General of the National Council for Arts and Culture, Segun Runsewe, has been on my mind lately, and not with admiration. He represents the typical policy dysfunction that is a trademark of our political system: one where people with the least understanding of a nuanced issue are given the task of directing it. Incompetent … Continue reading

Why we must not be fearful of equal rights | by Ayo Sogunro
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Why we must not be fearful of equal rights | by Ayo Sogunro

In the years leading up to and after 2015, corruption was the dominant issue in Nigerian public debates. The idea that Nigeria’s main challenge was tackling corruption was so widespread that it propelled Buhari into office. However, in the last couple of years, the issue of insecurity has taken centre stage. This is not because … Continue reading

The ‘new and improved’ trouble with Nigeria | by Ayo Sogunro
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The ‘new and improved’ trouble with Nigeria | by Ayo Sogunro

Political news in Nigeria is generally depressing. This is not because it is bad news – which it mostly is – but because it is, tiringly and achingly, an endless torrent of reality show drama featuring politicians and their antics. There is no political discourse, no ideological direction, and no intellectual proposals. Our news is … Continue reading

WHY BUHARI IS RIGHT – AND WRONG – ON THE RULE OF LAW | by Ayo Sogunro
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WHY BUHARI IS RIGHT – AND WRONG – ON THE RULE OF LAW | by Ayo Sogunro

It would be comical – if not scary – to think that, barely 20 years after Nigeria transited from military rule, our attempt at practicing the tenets of constitutional liberal democracy seems to be unravelling. Democracies ought to grow stronger as time passes. However, in Nigeria, it seems we have forgotten the foundational and settled … Continue reading

CLASS CONSCIOUSNESS AND THE NIGERIAN CONDITION | by Ayo Sogunro
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CLASS CONSCIOUSNESS AND THE NIGERIAN CONDITION | by Ayo Sogunro

This week, as Nigeria observes “Democracy Day” and civil society honours the memory of victims of violence, we are once more compelled to reflect on the value of the Nigerian citizenship. Clearly, Nigeria is not getting better. In fact, it has worsened steadily since October 1, 1960. Thanks to modern technology, this fact is often … Continue reading