IN NIGERIA, WE’RE STILL WRONG ABOUT RIGHTS | by Ayo Sogunro
Essays / The Pontifical Papers

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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WAGING A NEW WAR AGAINST INDISCIPLINE | by Ayo Sogunro

Nigeria is not a democratic country. Although generally described as a democracy, Nigeria is, in reality, an anocracy. An anocracy is a system of government that is half democratic, half autocratic. In true democracies, authority progresses upwards from the people to a dependent centre. In true autocracies, authority flows downwards from an independent centre to … Continue reading

Essays / The Pontifical Papers

SENATOR SARAKI AND THE “SIT-TIGHT” SYNDROME | by Ayo Sogunro

A lot of us have a poor understanding of democracy. For example, we appreciate the idea of majority rule, but we hardly mention the corresponding concept of minority protection. We admire the privileges of office, but we do not enforce the rights of citizens. Much of this ignorance is traceable to the systematic disempowerment of the … Continue reading

Miscellaneous / Satiric

2016 BUDGET: A QUICK TIMELINE OF PUBLIC STATEMENTS

The Budget of Hopefully “We are determined to ensure that our resources are managed prudently and utilized solely for the public good. To set the proper tone, one of our early decisions was the adoption of a zero based budgeting approach, which ensures that resources are aligned with Government’s priorities and allocated efficiently.” President Buhari, … Continue reading

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[Sunday Punch] REVISITING THE KING’S SPEECH | by Ayo Sogunro

I have followed, with some concern, the conversations and arguments by Nigerians following last week’s publication of President Buhari’s UK interview with the Telegraph. Some Nigerians—particularly migrants confronted with racial realities—are worried about the consequences (and lack of empathy) of the president’s statement, other Nigerians are happy that the president is “saying it as it … Continue reading