Essays / The Pontifical Papers

MORE HARD WORDS FOR THE UNILAG SENATE | by Ayo Sogunro

Once again, I am constrained to consider the University of Lagos and its increasingly intolerant attitude towards student rebellion. I have previously written on this in reference to the school’s high-handedness when it dealt with the aftermath of a student protest. I was–and still am–astonished by the degree of repression imposed by the university’s Senate. … Continue reading

Essays / The Pontifical Papers

UNILAG: RISE OF DESPOTISM AND DECLINE OF INTELLECTUALISM | by Ayo Sogunro

Last week, the authorities of the University of Lagos agreed to reopen the school. The school had been closed for a while following a student protest over lack of water and electricity on the campus. The university authorities stipulated some conditions for resumption: students have to undertake and notarise a “Re-absorption Oath”; parents or guardians … Continue reading

Essays / The Pontifical Papers

SOME MORE TALK ON RHODODENDRONS IN DONKEYDOM | by Ayo Sogunro

The Nigerian system is run on a series of orders and counter-orders and exemptions to orders. This is why we keep “praying” for good leaders instead of demanding good laws. Our leaders determine what laws will be enforced by making “orders” to that effect. It is instructive that the early colonial laws were, in fact, referred to as “Orders”. In short, it seems our political legacy is the irrelevance of laws and the supremacy of the “orders” selectively enforced by an Oga. Continue reading

Essays / The Pontifical Papers

HERE’S FOR THOSE WHO THINK APC IS REALLY UNHAPPY WITH THE MILITARY | by Ayo Sogunro

In February 2013, soldiers were deployed to supress a protest by students of the Nasarawa State University. Not surprisingly, there were provocations and reactions. At the end of the ensuing fracas, four students were murdered by the soldiers. Later on, the state government and the army brass would deny deploying the soldiers. At the end of it … Continue reading

Essays / Miscellaneous / The Pontifical Papers

GONE BLOGGING, BACK SOON | A Short Memoir by Ayo Sogunro

As a university student, I gained a reputation for being rather clever, and the satisfactory nature of this reputation encouraged me to develop an even more satisfactory habit of imparting some of my versatile knowledge to friends and colleagues in the form tutorials. In the course of time, I had gained a wider reputation as … Continue reading

Satiric / The Pontifical Papers

5 REASONS PROVING THAT GOODLUCK JONATHAN IS THE SMARTEST OF US ALL| by Ayo Sogunro

Introduction A few days ago, I wrote an article on 5 reasons why President Goodluck Jonathan’s act of renaming the University of Lagos was a fantastic error on his part. Several flurry of comments and hair scratching later, I have changed my mind. Not about the reasons—the reasons I gave remain valid—but about referring to it … Continue reading