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

THE LAZINESS OF THE NIGERIAN ELITE | by Ayo Sogunro
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THE LAZINESS OF THE NIGERIAN ELITE | by Ayo Sogunro

One thing can be said about the Buhari administration: it does not shy away from explaining why the social and economic challenges of ordinary citizens are not its problem. Back in April 2016, Femi Adesina – the presidential spokesperson – glibly remarked that Nigerians who had been experiencing power failure should direct their complaints to … 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

CLASS CONSCIOUSNESS AND THE NIGERIAN CONDITION | by Ayo Sogunro
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CLASS CONSCIOUSNESS AND THE NIGERIAN CONDITION | by Ayo Sogunro

This week, as Nigeria observes “Democracy Day” and civil society honours the memory of victims of violence, we are once more compelled to reflect on the value of the Nigerian citizenship. Clearly, Nigeria is not getting better. In fact, it has worsened steadily since October 1, 1960. Thanks to modern technology, this fact is often … Continue reading

MAKING POWER UNCOMFORTABLE IN NIGERIA | by Ayo Sogunro
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MAKING POWER UNCOMFORTABLE IN NIGERIA | by Ayo Sogunro

The continuing mystery of President Buhari’s illness and the handling of the saga by his aides is more evidence that Nigeria’s political system works almost independently of the individual nominally in charge. If we had a responsive and functional political system in Nigeria, the independence of the system from political actors would be a good … Continue reading