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

IN NIGERIA, WE’RE STILL WRONG ABOUT RIGHTS | by Ayo Sogunro
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IN NIGERIA, WE’RE STILL WRONG ABOUT RIGHTS | by Ayo Sogunro

Quite often, I have found myself compelled to defend the fundamentals of human rights to supposedly educated people in Nigeria. A clear demonstration of the declining quality of our “educated” middle class is the generic ignorance of foundational social concepts, particularly on the rule of law and the sanctity of human rights. Nigeria—in 2016—is increasingly … Continue reading

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EMEFIELE AND HOW NOT TO FIX NIGERIA | by Ayo Sogunro

Funmi Iyanda—one of the more intelligent persons in Nigeria today—hosts a live audience sociopolitical series in London titled “How To Fix Nigeria”. An episode of the show earlier this year discussed the Nigerian economy. In that episode, Ms Iyanda probed the brains of her guests—including Feyi Fawehinmi and Professor Charles Soludo—on the nature and causes … Continue reading

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ON OFFICIAL POSITIONS AND PUBLIC DISPOSITIONS | by Ayo Sogunro

Last week, a news analyst for a Lagos radio station suggested that Justice Adeniyi Ademola—of the DSS infamy—ought to present his case in court, and not engage in issuing media statements. When someone reminded the analyst that, in fact, the EFCC had used this style of media engagement to make damning insinuations against some judges, … Continue reading

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HELLO PRESIDENT BUHARI, LISTEN TO THE JUDICIARY | by Ayo Sogunro

Last week, in his Independence anniversary speech, President Muhammadu Buhari threw a jab at the Nigerian judiciary. The president said: “In fighting corruption, however, the government would adhere strictly by the rule of law. Not for the first time I am appealing to the judiciary to join the fight against corruption”. These words not only … Continue reading

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ON FAITH AND THE NIGERIAN EXPERIENCE | by Ayo Sogunro

Chinua Achebe, in his classic analysis of Nigerian socio-politics, The Trouble With Nigeria, describes the Nigerians of the 1970s as having cargo cult mentality. This mentality, Achebe explains, is “a belief by backward people that someday, without any exertion whatsoever on their own part, a fairy ship will dock in their harbour laden with every … Continue reading