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

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

REDISCOVERING CRITICAL THINKING IN NIGERIA | by Ayo Sogunro
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REDISCOVERING CRITICAL THINKING IN NIGERIA | by Ayo Sogunro

Every now and then, I catch myself somewhat frustrated by the contradictions that engulf Nigeria and its people. Nigeria is a great country, we say. Yet, my daily experience of governance, society, and citizenship continues to be negative. The more I travel the world and interact with the governance systems of other societies, the more … 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

A SOCIAL CRITIC ON CHRISTMAS DAY | by Ayo Sogunro
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A SOCIAL CRITIC ON CHRISTMAS DAY | by Ayo Sogunro

Despite my reservations about the Christian ethos and mythology, I have always identified with the Christmas spirit. The décor, the ambience and the harmattan usually add an exotic flavour to the season that propels the emotions to cheerfulness. But 2016 has been anything but a cheerful year and Christmas is suffering the effects. The “change” … 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