Lest We Forget

a commentary on socio-political developments and institutional policies

Author Archive: Ayo Sogunro Snr.

Of Badoos and Political Fraternities

The siege on Ikorodu by Badoo Boys has run into several weeks. The airwaves and newspapers are filled with reports of orgy of killings and gruesome murder of the people. The offence of their victims was that the hapless citizens could not afford to fortify their residence with electric fence, security guards and alsatian dogs. Their …

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The Resident Evils

Quite often one has encountered warning about food combinations that could possibly trigger serious health issues or, even, death. I have heard such warning as not to eat mango after a meal of soaked garri.  While this may sound hillarious, there are times when danger comes in quietly due to a wrong combination of food …

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I Feel Sorry For Buhari

One person whom I have known to have been cruelly mocked by fate is President Muhammadu Buhari. Here was a man who,  after taking a very long panoramic view of his society and dissatisfied with what he saw, volunteered to lead his country to a better life that he thought was possible for them. An ascetic …

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Amnesty For Looters!

The Punch Newspaper (Online) of May 23, 2016 carried a news report titled “Senator seeks amnesty for looters”. The Senator in question is the Chairman Senate Committee on Gas, Senator Bassey Albert Akpan. Till date the honourable Senator has not been reported to deny the statement which he allegedly made to journalists in his Abuja …

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Esa!

Nocturnal market Fire-lamps dotting the dark Like stars at night Esa is awake! Mokan is asleep Esa is awake Circuitous markets of life The relay race of life Esa Spirits and humans transact Openly. Confluence Of life and death Run, run, run, Esa makes provisions For the night When Mokan is drowsy Starry-eyed feet Stumble …

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The N56,000 Minimum Wage Comedy

Not a few workers will be delighted at the proposal of =N=56,000 (Fifty-six thousand Naira) national minimum wage hy the Nigerian Labour Congress. Nothing excites a worker like more income. More income means more purchasing power. A man’s purchasing power is a determinant, and also a function, of his social status. That is why workers …

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The MTN Jigsaw – Season 2

Who wants MTN dead? At least most Nigerians do not. Yet that does not give the private SA commercial enterprise the latitude to ride rough-shod on us. Rules are meant to be obeyed and not breached. Any breach will naturally attract the necessary sanctions in an organised society. However, there are times when the capacity …

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January 15 1966: 50 Years After

As young chaps living in the rustic and sleepy town of Ota, a major suburb of Lagos, we were woken up to a strange news of a military coup d’etat on the 15th of January, 1966, the implication of which fully dawned on us a couple of days later. In fact, the mutilated body of …

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The MTN Jigsaw – Season 1

One of the major pillars of advanced nations, which regrettably is lacking in developing countries, is the enforcement of law. Because different people with different socio-cultural orientations must be forged together to become a nation, there is the need to fashion out common denominators, of which, at least, two things brilliantly recommended themselves: Currency and …

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The Gbomogbomo Economy

I remember decades ago when I was an elementary pupil of African Church Primary School, Igbore in Abeokuta. It was early sixties. That was when the famous Baptist Boys High School perched gloriously and majestically on Egunya hill (Oke Egunya). Egunya hill on the other hand was notorious for preventing decrepit vehicles with weak engine …

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