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

THE SILENCE OF ‘OUR FRIENDS’ | By Ayo Sogunro
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THE SILENCE OF ‘OUR FRIENDS’ | By Ayo Sogunro

The advent of election season in Nigeria is, for a sane observer, a tortured exercise in the suspension of disbelief. For those few months, the drama of political convenience opens across the country, wiping off whims of informed politics. A cast of zany characters determined to ingratiate their way into favours with Aso Rock crops … 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

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