Essays / The Pontifical Papers

SENATOR SARAKI AND THE “SIT-TIGHT” SYNDROME | by Ayo Sogunro

A lot of us have a poor understanding of democracy. For example, we appreciate the idea of majority rule, but we hardly mention the corresponding concept of minority protection. We admire the privileges of office, but we do not enforce the rights of citizens. Much of this ignorance is traceable to the systematic disempowerment of the … 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

IT’S TIME FOR NIGERIANS TO REASSEMBLE THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY | by Ayo Sogunro

There is something wrong with the mental composition of Nigeria’s National Assembly. Many Nigerians would consider this an obvious statement but, I suppose, my expectations are still quite high. Yet, it seems the current iteration of the federal legislature is determined to outdo predecessors in its capacity for expensive idleness. Consider the 2016 budget. There … Continue reading

Essays / The Pontifical Papers

[Sunday Punch] BUHARI’S ANIMAL FARM AND THE ZERO-SUM GAME | by Ayo Sogunro

“Surely, comrades, you do not want Jones back?” Once again this argument was unanswerable. Certainly the animals did not want Jones back; if the holding of debates on Sunday mornings was liable to bring him back, then the debates must stop. ― George Orwell, Animal Farm Last week, a presidential aide posted photos of the … 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