NIGERIAN POLITICS AND THE MYSTIFICATION OF CORRUPTION | by Ayo Sogunro
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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
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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

NIGERIANS AND THE 419 OF ‘DEVELOPMENT’ | by Ayo Sogunro
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NIGERIANS AND THE 419 OF ‘DEVELOPMENT’ | by Ayo Sogunro

Sometime in January this year I was in my hometown Abeokuta. I was interested in seeing how governance had fared and a close friend had driven me around the town, showing me the modernisations. New flyovers decked major intersections, revamped roads gleamed under the sunlight, and pedestrian bridges brimmed everywhere. It was an impressive makeover. … Continue reading

YES, NIGERIA NEEDS AN IDEOLOGICAL POLITICAL SYSTEM, BUT HOW? | by Ayo Sogunro
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YES, NIGERIA NEEDS AN IDEOLOGICAL POLITICAL SYSTEM, BUT HOW? | by Ayo Sogunro

For some reason – one I suspect is connected with my recent articles on the Nigerian political system – I have had several young Nigerians, people in their 20s and 30s, send me messages proposing or requesting ideas on the reform of Nigeria’s political system. Some of these ideas include organising an exclusive ‘youth’ party … 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