In a thought-provoking statement, Dr. Ayo Sogunro, a respected commentator and scholar, has sparked discussions about the nature of Nigeria’s political system.
Dr Sogunro challenged prevailing perceptions, asserting that Nigeria operates as an “anocracy” rather than a full-fledged democracy and highlighting the centralised nature of governance.
The term “anocracy” suggests a mix of both democratic and authoritarian elements in governance.
He lamented that Nigeria, as a federal state, is highly centralised, noting that it potentially impacts the autonomy of states and local governments.
He further said Nigeria operates as a hierarchy of political patronage influenced by warlords and traditional institutions.
According to him, actual progress may only be achieved with a clear understanding of these complex dynamics.
”Nigeria is not a democracy; it’s an anocracy. It’s not federal; it’s highly centralised. It’s not a republic; it’s a hierarchy of political patronage bounded by warlords and traditional institutions.
”If we can’t see this reality, we can’t start to progress.”