MAKING POWER UNCOMFORTABLE IN NIGERIA | by Ayo Sogunro
Essays / The Pontifical Papers

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

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ON CLASSTHINK AND THE “OTHER” NIGERIA | by Ayo Sogunro

I have previously written on our “classthink” mentality in Nigeria. Classthink explains why those of us who are members of the educated middle class often overlook the circumstances of poor Nigerians when discussing government policy. We weigh government policy from the perspective of our immediate environments. If the policy works for us, then it is … Continue reading

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FASHOLA AND THE WORRISOME TRIUMPH OF CLASSTHINK | by Ayo Sogunro

I have not had electricity in a while. This trivial point had escaped my notice because—like some Nigerians—I have created the illusion of uninterrupted power through the combination of a generator, an inverter and the occasional beeps of DISCO light.  The current fuel situation has forced reality on me. I now face the sobering challenge … Continue reading

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ON BUDGETS, SYSTEMS, AND OTHER BOTHERS | by Ayo Sogunro

President Buhari gave a nice budget presentation speech earlier this month—and the National Assembly closed it off with an equally nice prayer. The least we can say is, we now know that the Nigerian economy is safe in the hands of divine guardians—if they are not still busy trying to resolve the more pressing situations in … Continue reading