HARD WORDS FOR A HARD COUNTRY | by Ayo Sogunro
Essays / The Pontifical Papers

HARD WORDS FOR A HARD COUNTRY | by Ayo Sogunro

Nigeria is not progressing in any meaningful way. Except that modern technological advances  continue to insulate us from the worst effects of bad governance, we are deteriorating rapidly in several ways. In particular, the last few years have seen a rapid decline in Nigeria’s indicators. Between 2016 and now, Nigeria has been ranked as having … Continue reading

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NIGERIAN POLITICS AND THE MYSTIFICATION OF CORRUPTION | by Ayo Sogunro
Essays / The Pontifical Papers

NIGERIAN POLITICS AND THE MYSTIFICATION OF CORRUPTION | by Ayo Sogunro

Last week, the United States Ambassador to Nigeria opined that social injustices and a disregard for the rule of law were much more damaging issues in Nigeria than the theft of public funds. Although this statement made headlines, this thinking is not novel. For example, back in the late 1980s, Dele Giwa once described Shehu … Continue reading

WHY NIGERIANS DON’T CARE ABOUT FUNCTIONAL CARRIERS – OR DYSFUNCTIONAL ELECTIONS | By Ayo Sogunro
Essays / The Pontifical Papers

WHY NIGERIANS DON’T CARE ABOUT FUNCTIONAL CARRIERS – OR DYSFUNCTIONAL ELECTIONS | By Ayo Sogunro

Last week, the Nigerian government unveiled ‘Nigeria Air’, introducing our latest national vanity project to the world. Several commentators have raised concerns on the transparency, economic expediency, and sustainability of the project, but I am more troubled that the policy interests of our politicians do not necessarily align with those of a majority of Nigerians. … Continue reading