ON NIGERIAN LAWYERS AND RECEIVED ENGLISH LORE | by Ayo Sogunro
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ON NIGERIAN LAWYERS AND RECEIVED ENGLISH LORE | by Ayo Sogunro

A couple of weeks ago, I received a bulletin email from Dr Aminu Gamawa, secretary of the newly constituted “Nigerian Bar Association Legal Profession Regulation Review Committee”. According to the email, this committee had been created to review “the current regulatory objectives and the regulatory architecture of the legal profession”. This is a good idea. … Continue reading

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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

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A NOTE ON THE NIGERIAN LEGAL ORDER | by Ayo Sogunro

Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, first Prime Minister of Nigeria, was not always a believer in the necessity of Nigeria’s continued union after independence was achieved. Somehow, however, he became a convert to the need for a “Nigerian” state. Why he changed his mind may not be clear, but what he said about British cooperation in his … Continue reading

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WAGING A NEW WAR AGAINST INDISCIPLINE | by Ayo Sogunro

Nigeria is not a democratic country. Although generally described as a democracy, Nigeria is, in reality, an anocracy. An anocracy is a system of government that is half democratic, half autocratic. In true democracies, authority progresses upwards from the people to a dependent centre. In true autocracies, authority flows downwards from an independent centre to … Continue reading

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ON NIGERIAN MILITARISM AND THE CHILCOT REPORT | by Ayo Sogunro

Last week, the Chilcot Inquiry—the British public inquiry into the nature and causes of UK’s involvement in the Iraqi war—published its report. Generally, the report concluded that there was no satisfactory legal basis for the invasion of Iraq. Military action commenced before peaceful options were exhausted; military action at the time was not a last resort … Continue reading

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THE MYTH OF CHANGE AND THE REALITY OF THE SYSTEM | by Ayo Sogunro

Nigerians want change, but the change on offer today is still within the same dysfunctional political system. This is not just about corruption. In his History of Western Philosophy, Bertrand Russell describes Aristotle’s views of the ideal political setup. According to Aristotle, large cities are never well governed because a multitude cannot be orderly.  “A … Continue reading