MAKING POWER UNCOMFORTABLE IN NIGERIA | by Ayo Sogunro
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MAKING POWER UNCOMFORTABLE IN NIGERIA | by Ayo Sogunro

The continuing mystery of President Buhari’s illness and the handling of the saga by his aides is more evidence that Nigeria’s political system works almost independently of the individual nominally in charge. If we had a responsive and functional political system in Nigeria, the independence of the system from political actors would be a good … Continue reading

NIGERIAN YOUTHS, IT’S TIME WE RESIST ‘THE SYSTEM’ | by Ayo Sogunro
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NIGERIAN YOUTHS, IT’S TIME WE RESIST ‘THE SYSTEM’ | by Ayo Sogunro

Over the last few weeks, the political actors of Nigeria served us fresh drama. This time, the plot revolved around the ownership and purpose of some millions of dollars discovered in a flat in Lagos. Like any good thriller, it contained the elements of crime and corruption, heroes and villains, suspense, political intrigue, betrayal, and … Continue reading

REDISCOVERING CRITICAL THINKING IN NIGERIA | by Ayo Sogunro
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REDISCOVERING CRITICAL THINKING IN NIGERIA | by Ayo Sogunro

Every now and then, I catch myself somewhat frustrated by the contradictions that engulf Nigeria and its people. Nigeria is a great country, we say. Yet, my daily experience of governance, society, and citizenship continues to be negative. The more I travel the world and interact with the governance systems of other societies, the more … Continue reading

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

THE GROSS MISCONDUCTS OF PRESIDENT BUHARI | by Ayo Sogunro
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THE GROSS MISCONDUCTS OF PRESIDENT BUHARI | by Ayo Sogunro

Part A: Background  In 2007, Wole Soyinka wrote the very scathing essay: “The Crimes of Buhari”. In the essay, Soyinka reviewed General Buhari’s 1985 regime, and highlighted the features of that era: Buhari’s imperial attitude; repression of free speech, selective enforcement of decrees, and partisanship towards the core political elite. The most damaging accusation against … Continue reading

LOOK NIGERIANS, CAN WE PLEASE SHUT UP THE RATIONALISING? | by Ayo Sogunro
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LOOK NIGERIANS, CAN WE PLEASE SHUT UP THE RATIONALISING? | by Ayo Sogunro

  I received with regret news that the Air Force,working to mop up BH insurgents, accidentally bombed a civilian community in Rann,Borno State — Muhammadu Buhari (@MBuhari) January 17, 2017 I may have lost my sanity at some point this week. This is one explanation for why I think the “accidental” bombing of Nigerian citizens … Continue reading