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

REJECTING THE PROMISED LAND | by Ayo Sogunro

One of the more convenient allusions used by patrons of the current administration to justify—and raise hope for—Nigeria’s economic state is that of the “journey through the wilderness”. For example, during a church statement last week, the vice president made reference to this analogy. He suggested that the president was the equivalent of the biblical … Continue reading

Essays / The Pontifical Papers

MORE HARD WORDS FOR THE UNILAG SENATE | by Ayo Sogunro

Once again, I am constrained to consider the University of Lagos and its increasingly intolerant attitude towards student rebellion. I have previously written on this in reference to the school’s high-handedness when it dealt with the aftermath of a student protest. I was–and still am–astonished by the degree of repression imposed by the university’s Senate. … Continue reading

Essays / The Pontifical Papers

UNILAG: RISE OF DESPOTISM AND DECLINE OF INTELLECTUALISM | by Ayo Sogunro

Last week, the authorities of the University of Lagos agreed to reopen the school. The school had been closed for a while following a student protest over lack of water and electricity on the campus. The university authorities stipulated some conditions for resumption: students have to undertake and notarise a “Re-absorption Oath”; parents or guardians … Continue reading

Essays / Satiric

HOW TO CRITICISE BUHARI AND GET AWAY WITH IT | by Ayo Sogunro

Times are hard in Nigeria. A lot of us are physically, mentally, emotionally, and financially frustrated. Sadly, the only person anyone can kick in the shin right now is President Muhammadu Buhari. But kicking President Buhari comes with great damage to one’s feet. President Buhari is a saint. You have to contend with fanatical Buharideens … Continue reading

Essays / The Pontifical Papers

[Sunday Punch] ON GENDER EQUALITY AND THE IGNORANCE OF HIGH PLACES | by Ayo Sogunro

Over a week ago, the lawmakers of Enugu State had the opportunity to consider what was termed the “Equal Rights and Opportunities for Men and Women and other Matters Related Thereto Bill.” These lawmakers, however, were not in the mood for opportunities—equal or otherwise—and the bill was “stepped down.” I have not seen a copy … Continue reading