Why we must not be fearful of equal rights | by Ayo Sogunro
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Why we must not be fearful of equal rights | by Ayo Sogunro

In the years leading up to and after 2015, corruption was the dominant issue in Nigerian public debates. The idea that Nigeria’s main challenge was tackling corruption was so widespread that it propelled Buhari into office. However, in the last couple of years, the issue of insecurity has taken centre stage. This is not because … Continue reading

The ‘new and improved’ trouble with Nigeria | by Ayo Sogunro
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The ‘new and improved’ trouble with Nigeria | by Ayo Sogunro

Political news in Nigeria is generally depressing. This is not because it is bad news – which it mostly is – but because it is, tiringly and achingly, an endless torrent of reality show drama featuring politicians and their antics. There is no political discourse, no ideological direction, and no intellectual proposals. Our news is … Continue reading

Homophobic rhetoric and Nigeria’s culture of violence | by Ayo Sogunro
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Homophobic rhetoric and Nigeria’s culture of violence | by Ayo Sogunro

Sometime in May 2015, in Abuloma, Port Harcourt, a man named Charles was harassed, beaten, and robbed by his neighbourhood security watch. What was his crime?  He was perceived to be homosexual. When he reported this incident to the police, he was advised to leave the area if he wanted to avoid future ‘embarrassment’. In … Continue reading

A Short History of the Cruel and Terrible Second Regime of Muhammadu Buhari | by Ayo Sogunro
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A Short History of the Cruel and Terrible Second Regime of Muhammadu Buhari | by Ayo Sogunro

The beginning of an autocracy When Muhammadu Buhari won the 2015 presidential elections, the country was deeply divided between the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the People’s Democratic Party (PDP). As I remarked then, the results of the elections showed that Buhari was not the will of all Nigerians. Give or take a couple of … Continue reading

THE CASE AGAINST THE NIGERIAN MILITARY | by Ayo Sogunro
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THE CASE AGAINST THE NIGERIAN MILITARY | by Ayo Sogunro

The Nigerian military is sick and requires urgent intervention. Clearly, public intervention in military affairs is a sensitive issue, and our politicians generally avoid commenting on military issues except when it affects their electoral interests. However, the rest of us must not remain mute when it is clear that an intervention is needed. In the … Continue reading

HARD WORDS FOR A HARD COUNTRY | by Ayo Sogunro
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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

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