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THE UNPROVOKED KILLING OF MY KINSMEN IN KOGI EAST, MIDDLEBELT, NIGERIA.
OSHALOTO, JOSEPH TADE. MISC ABU. A PRIVATE CITIZEN.
Evidently, wanton killings by armed terror groups is not a new thing in our country, Nigeria. The hapless peoples of the central parts of Nigeria are a particular target which have been repeatedly hacked to death by the militant herdsmen.
Members of the noble fourth estate and the general public will recall the deaths visited on the Benue only a few days ago. Several lives were lost.
Oganienugwu and Ikende communities both in Dekina LGA and Abejukolo in Omala LGA in the the Eastern Senatorial District of Kogi state are the latest in this bloodbath.
It is distressing that the stories of killings have not only failed to address the carnage but have emboldened the vile characters amongst us to come on national media spaces to mashall support for the killer herdsman.
Kogi has not been very fortunate in the Nigerian equation of good. Aside from the untold hardship visited on the Kogi citizen by the circumstance of leadership, the Nigerian good always elude the Kogite in a way that mocks our equity, social justice and humanity.
Kogi aside being richly blessed with arable land that supports an array of crops for which the federal government can encourage young people to take advantage, Kogi’s soil is home to scores of solid mineral deposits in commercial quantities. And this is apart from Petroleum which billions of Naira are being needlessly spent for its exploration in other parts of the country.
It boggles the mind that the agriculture of death is what appeals to our conscience as a country. The shrinking of the basin, expanding physical infrastructure and developement, and other climatic realities show that the only alternative to this bloodshed, which the herdsman has done again and again with absolute impunity, is RANCHING. The whole world is watching and wondering why conforming to civilization and commonsense in Nigeria is a question of convenience.
They are watching and wondering why our fascination with bloodshed is unabating in spite of our attachment to religion.
The world is watching why over fifty innocent Kogi people had to fall by the sword of an unchecked militant cattle herder.
This latest carnage is too much. It is absolutely unacceptable to me and every man, woman, youth and child who still have a modicum of conscience and reason.
Despite the humongous amount of money voted, our country’s handling of security matters is appalling. And this is crashing us into the dreadful state of nature in which man is brutish, life is short and anarchy is the law. This betrays the confidence that many had in the person of an aspirant Muhammadu Buhari.
The import of this intervention is not to bemoan the failure of President Muhammadu Buhari – which by the way are many, frankly – but to place a demand on this administration to rejig the country’s security architecture to give it a truly national and effective outlook.
It does no good to make the rest of us Nigerians sorrow. The way and manner in which terror groups travel hundreds of miles to kill and maim us in our ancestral homes tells a sordid story of how the rest of us are truly a defeated lot. It lends reason to the assumption that an expansionist agenda is being effectively targeted and tidied against us middle beltans. Whether this assumption is true or not entirely accurate, I say God forbid.
As a private citizen and one with deep concerns for the liberty, freedom and prosperity of our country, I believe my home state should not be a test ground for the might of the Fulani herdsman over his fellow Nigerian. I believe that government exists to ensure that the peace and quiet of the citizens are guaranteed.
On the strength of this legitimate expectation therefore, I make the following demands on the President and Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces, Mr. Muhammadu Buhari, the Executive governor of Kogi State, Mr. Yahaya Adoza Bello, and the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris to;
A. Ensure that no killing of this nature and manner repeats itself in Kogi state any longer.
B. Obtain a comprehensive list of names of all the victims (both the dead and the injured) and publish same in at least two national dailies with appropriate memorials.
3. Ensure the arrest, prosecution of the culprits.
4. Send a detachment of relief materials through the the National Emergency Management Agency to the affected communities. And
5. Ensure a comprehensive disarmament of every herdsman who are still willing to graze in Kogi pending the adoption of the grazing reserves.
I am confident that the legitimacy of the APC led government among other vital indices rests on a clean bill in terms of security of life and property.
Signed: The library of Tade. +234802 522 3926
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No, Leadership is Virtually Everything. By OSHALOTO, Joseph Tade.
“Africa’s underdevelopment is largely due to poor private sector understanding & deployment of management SYSTEMS.”
This kind of assertion bleeds my heart daily. Truly. Leadership is virtually everything.
Having been privileged to undertake management courses, I’m constrained to differently consider the position of Mr. Dapo Adeyemi. I also believe that opinions which have to do with our national life should be beyond the icecream-lollipop of motivational speaking. Anyone conversant with the concept of development will definitely have some difficulty agreeing with the quote above.
In fact, even if the position of Mr. Dapo is sitting on some long held assumptions or even if it is a result of some study, the the reliability of how it came about and or the research instruments will have to be thoroughly and dispassionately queried.
Everyone knows that poor leadership always makes a mess of the efforts of even the brightest ones amidst us. We’ve seen this time and again in Nigeria. In fact, those that we think are business savvy are nothing but economic parasite and financial demons who sustain their businesses with ill-gotten raises and unfair waivers. This is by the way.
As an energy reporter, I see firsthand how Nigeria’s poor handling of the power sector is frustrating smart initiatives of the investors. We see how bad leadership (rather than indiscretions on the part of the private sector who in my opinion are doing their bests) is frustrating Ajaokuta complex.
You need to be doubly smart to make a good hit of your idea and business knowledge in this clime. Except you’re corrupt.
I still insist leadership is everything. When we get it right at leadership level, the giants that our private sector is would rise.
I’m always filled with a mixed feelings of deep joy and sadness when the only times our brothers and sisters do extraordinary things are when they get either physically or virtually out of this impossible space called Nigeria. This is sordid testament of the power of leadership over virtually everything. I had thought that men, women, young and older folks are beginning to realize this strategic reality.
The next elections is a test of our understanding of leadership. As many as God would help to be around by then should know that the Almighty is gifting them an opportunity to make a robust deposit into our national destiny – our LIFE now and later.
You will not only be spiting the beleaguered folks in Dapchi, Chibok, Benue etc, you would also be disappointing the over four million people who lost their jobs in just a few years.
May Nigeria succeed.
OSHALOTO, Joseph Tade is a public affairs commentator, media strategist and a good governance advocate.
What Google told Me about You. By OSHALOTO Joseph Tade.
Few days ago I typed my name in Google and was greatly inspired by what the engine turned out. There were several results bearing my name and the things I’d written including some I would not have remembered.
My blog, regional and national platforms like kogireports.com, leadership.ng, thisdaylive.com and elsewhere in Nigeria’s newsplatforms where I’ve made contributions and/or been mentioned all threw out dozens of information.
While looking at these search results, I remembered how I almost never wrote some of these articles. I remember how I wrote many of them with just one percent of battery life. I remember almost thrashing my manuscripts even though I was convinced that at least one person would benefit from what I had to share.
I thank God I wrote these stuff. I thank God for strengthening me to put up a fight. I thank Him for making me realize early that it was OK to start out poorly. I never would have started if I waited till I became an expert.
It is tempting to credit my visibility on the internet to such virtues as consistency, courage, adventurism, skill and plain luck. This would have sounded nice and inspiring given the our era of self focus and unrealistic inspirationalism. But like I did say in the past that ‘our success story is fraud if it glorifies us as one self-made unaided superhuman’. I strongly contend that there’s no such thing as self made.
I hold this position with clear bias given my personal experience – notwithstanding the argument that my own experience may not be representative enough of everyone out there – as per everything I’ve got.
People have a uniquely disruptive way of #Not letting me do things all by myself. Family. Friends and the imaginary foes. Including the stranger. Their entrance are almost always a positive disruptions that gives shape and color to the way I end up doing things.
For example, my sister Yemisi Oshaloto taught me how to write to communicate. I was literally writing for myself with expressions only me could understand. My brothers Davidst and Ilesanmi have been a great inspiration right from when I was in the elementary school. They’d come home from Titcombe with cadenced speech (imitative of their favorite high school teachers).
Wherever I turn, as much as I’d seen some difficulty, I see even greater aids. Koinonia calls this the gift of men.
It’ll be a big lie to say I’ve not been thoroughly let down by folks, just as I’m sure I’ve badly disappointed many, but somehow the Creator have had some people positioned for us to rise up for us when we are truly in need.
As per my write ups that have made it to the press, I must first recognize Toluwalase Teemanuel Bakare who taught me how to blog and to also manage the backend of blogs. My blog, oshalototade.wordpress.com came to being after only a few interactions with him as coursemates while doing our masters program at the ABU.
Emameh ES Gabriel ensured I had one or two articles published in his organization. Uncle Ralph Omololu Agbana is a terrific gentleman who ensure my works get published. By the way, he’s an alumnus of Titcombe College too.
A veteran journalist also chose to reference me in an article published in a national daily. He’s uncle Sanya Oni.
Opeyemi facilitated my works getting published in kogireports.com. By the way, those guys are doing a terrific press job.
My friend and colleague, Kana also gave me a generous space on Opinion9ja.com. Kana will die if he doesn’t do media. I think I will, too.
My big friend and colleague, Kera, aside being a great communication strategist, is an astute counselor who helps me mind what I write against my name. I’ve reached thousands of readers through him.
I don’t want it to be lost on my readers that I didn’t set out to write an acknowledgement. Of course there’d be no space. The import of this is to help you remember that whatever you have an interest in and an aptitude for is a forte that the Lord himself has designed destiny helpers to help you succeed.
As we enjoy raises from others, may God Almighty help us to help others in Jesus name.
OSHALOTO Joseph Tade is a strategic communication expert. He writes, speaks, plays and travels.
Keeping the Population Safer.
By OSHALOTO Joseph Tade.
“Gun free zones are proven SOFT TARGETS of killers”
President Donald J. Trump.
The duty of government is primarily to provide security to citizens lives and their property. This is a big deal for every government across the world. There is always the need to proactively stay atop security issues by every government so as to mitigate the menace of violence.
However, this duty is beyond what even serious government can handle all by themselves. Poorly governed societies are at a bigger risk of being taken advantage of by non-state combatants.
We see this in the ways in which unarmed populations of Benue, Zamfara, Kogi, Taraba, Nasarawa and elsewhere in Enugu and Nigeria’s other troubled areas are attacked by armed militias who rape, pillage and slaughter innocent people including pregnant women, the aged, nursing mothers and children.
The recurrence of this catastrophe confers some merits on the hypothesis that killers may be less likely to attack if they know that their targets possess some defense mechs. For example, in the areas frequently attacked, people may not have killed so wantonly were they permitted by law to possess some caliber of firepower. They would have put up a fight. They would have died a little more heroically.
The assumption that government’s security architecture should be complimented by citizens’ rights to bear arms therefore becomes valid since the ease and frequency of attacks suggests that the government is overwhelmed.
Terrorists of every persuasion take advantage of people’s pretensions to civilization to wreck untold havoc on them. The self deception that one government somewhere is there to protect a citizen is a sad joke and a costly assumption especially in our clime. This is why Governor Samuel Ortom’s counsel must not be taken lightly.
It makes sense for citizens to put away their wines and be sober so that one can carefully consider and adopt real and guaranteed strategies of living safely in a mad world.
Since I began reading about terrorism, I’ve heard about more attacks on unarmed populations than otherwise. When the demons of bloodshed take hold of them, they do not think of anywhere else to hit than those places where they are sure that folks have no warload. They head to the spots of least resistance. They love it when you demonize firearms.
Terrorists love it when you have nothing with which to defend yourselves. This shows that terrorists are a bunch of cowards who take advantage of citizens’ failure to press for personal protection. This is in addition to the fact that you are probably naïve.
Ironically, terrorists don’t care what you call them now, all they care about is the number of throats they’re able to slit open. They care about the number of bullets they can plan in people’s craniums.
It is high time areas with proven susceptibility to terrorists’ attacks sought legitimate means of arming themselves. I know that the government wouldn’t mind. I know that they are weary of the sea of innocent blood crying in the ASO rock. I know they want a break from the extraterrestrial beings hovering over ASO rock (apologies to Reuben Abati) as every blood shed as a result of government’s failure and/or ineptitude has to ‘ansa’ – and ‘ansa’ it will in ASO rock and its criminal extensions across the 36 states of federal.
In the meantime, I join my amiable governor, Steward Yahaya Bello in welcoming Yusuf Buhari back to the country.
OSHALOTO Joseph Tade is a Nigerian. He travels, plays and writes.
Dr. Isaac Oludoyi was born into the family of late. Pa Folorunsho and Mrs. Maria Oludoyi of Itedo Irunda, Isanlu in Yagba East Local Govt.
Oludoyi Bamidele Isaac attended Kulende LGEA Primary School Sango, Ilorin after which he proceeded to Government Science Secondary School Lafiagi where he obtained his SSCE with flying colors.
With a heart set for further studies, young Bamidele proceeded to Kwara State Polytechnic for his A’Level Interim Joint Matriculation Board, IJMB. Again, he came out very successful in the highly competitive program.
Owing to his success at the IJMB, the brilliant lad had no delay in securing admission to the prestigious University of Ilorin where he studied Geography Upon completion of his bachelor’s degree in Geography. Dr. Isaac Oludoyi upon finishing his NYSC went back to the premier University, the University of Ibadan for his postgraduate where he studied Geography.
As one whose interests in learning and human capital development knows no bounds, he proceeded to Chicago Illinois in the United States to explore other areas of opportunities for the growth and development of his homeland.
The success in leadership, education and other important areas of life’s endeavors that God has granted Dr. Bamidele Isaac Oludoyi has been generously put to use for the benefit of people he comes across. Records abound of his philanthropic acts especially to the youth, the poor and the needy. Bamidele seeks to always be a succour to people around him.
Hon. Dele Olu as he is being called by friends and associates at home and abroad, is an astute but different politician. His political engagement in and around the country has been commended and described as devoid very purposeful and devoid of self-service that is a common feature of some politicians.
Dr. Dele has now deemed it necessary to lend his expertise, wealth of experience and above all his love and passion for the service of his people.
His rare honesty, commitment to duty, and his vast understanding of how to make government work for the people can be trusted by the people of Kogi West senatorial district.
Vote Hon. Dele Olu as senator representing Kogi West Senatorial District.
Signed: Media Team
Nigerian government must do business as business. OSHALOTO Joseph Tade.
The need to ensure best practices in our country’s dealings is a compelling reality. It is as important as whatever effort – time money name it! – invested in our businesses. World over, business environments are guided by carefully designed contractual agreements upon which the success of such businesses depends. It does not matter the calibres of individual or entities that are involved, what matter are the workability of the these laws and agreements and whether the parties involved fully understand and agree to be guided by them.
Sadly, the Nigerian business environment is not a terrain that is known for abiding by business agreements. Very disturbing is the fact that the Nigerian government has a particularly notorious history of making business environment unnecessarily difficult for. The government has been accused of walking back on its contractual agreements. Where the government is not unnecessarily meddlesome, they are overbearing on their business partners thereby stifling them of the needed oxygens needed to operate with.
One of the nagging evidences of Nigerian government’s not-so-smart business demeanors is its constant bickering with power Distribution Companies. Anyone who is familiar with this terrain will see how the federal government through its Ministry of Power, Works and Housing, NEC, etc. have taken decisions that industry experts fingers as inimical to the growth of the nation’s energy sector.
As we speak, there are reports that the federal government is on another collision course with the country’s eleven electricity distribution companies DisCos. The collision course this time bothers on the former’s bid to appoint and inaugurate two nonexecutive directors for each of the eleven distribution companies.
For the uninitiated, the move would seem like a messianic intervention of the federal government through the ministry of Works, Power and Housing to assuage the country’s energy needs. However, power sector enthusiasts will understand that the appointments of non-executive directors to head any of these eleven Discos clearly violates the Companies and Allied Matters Act CAMA. Under the best of intentions, which cannot be the case here, no party of the power sector can impose these non-executives without running foul of the extant laws.
The move to appoint these non-executive directors by the federal government is a clear violation of the rules. It is not consistent with the Shareholders Agreement, SHA, between the nation’s Bureau of Public Enterprise BPE, the Ministry of Finance MOFI, other investors and the Distribution Companies Discos. The terms of Memorandum of Association and Articles of Association gives no such powers to no one to make appointments. Not even Mr. president.
The number of directors in the distribution companies has been pegged at seven according to Clause 5.1 of the SHA. In this case, the investors shall nominate six while the Bureau of Public Enterprise and the Ministry of Finance are both empowered to nominate one. However, if there arises a situation of pressing need to make any adjustment to this express provision, a written pro must be made and signed by all parties.
Our executives arms of government must realize that business administrators and lawyers put these legal frameworks in place to help businesses run and grow with minimal friction. Each party, no matter how powerful, must understand and work within what is legally permitted. Progresses are stalled and businesses suffer the moment parties, particularly governments through its agencies and/regulators begin to take arbitrary decisions. It scares serious investors who would not want to invest in a business environment where progress or success rate are unpredictable as result of government’s disingenuousness.
The government of president Buhari must call its leuitenants particularly in the power sector to order. They must be prevailed upon to always play by the rules no matter how inconvenient.
Electricity world over is a business. It will have no real success if the efforts and competencies of the players always disrupted by bad policy decisions or unnecessary politicking.
The Nigerian Electricity consumers are earnestly waiting to see more progress in the sector. We must ensure that their hopes are not dashed by some official illegality.
OSHALOTO Joseph Tade holds a Masters degree in Strategic Communication from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria.
Dapchi, too. Indeed Facts are a stubborn thing. By OSHALOTO Joseph Tade.
Upfront, I sympathize with parents and loved ones of the kidnapped Dapchi schoolgirls. As a Yorùbá man, our sadness over a lost child is deeper than losing them to death. Hence the adage “ọmọ ẹni kú sàn j’ọmọ ẹni nù lọ”. When the whereabouts of one’s child/ren are unknown, the heartache this evokes is simply untold. I can only imagine how distressed the Dapchi iyayes are currently feeling.
Facts however are a stubborn thing. Facts around the objects of our national strength and defense are staggering. They are nagging, too.
From Borno to Zamfara, Benue, Nasarawa via Kogi and elsewhere in the North and South of Nigeria, women hold their heads and cry as their sons and daughters are being molested, raped, kidnapped and killed needlessly.
Our country has been hit times and again by the plague of fundamentalism and banditry that we watched grow – and perhaps nurtured – to very dangerous entities.
How sad that these forces are now clearly many steps ahead of our nationhood. They are ahead of our country’s military and intelligence community.
These are clearly leadership failures that transcend an individual leader, though each of them must bear the statistics of happen during their terms, that say so much about how poorly we have arranged our priorities. It tells of what importance we allocate to the things that really matter; like the sanctity of life, dignity of the human person. The stubborn facts are projecting us as savages. This must be reversed.
Dapchi kidnap will form the latest experiment of our government’s ability and resoluteness to wake up and shake off everything tying us down. Every single one of these schoolgirls represents the delicate, graceful and bright future that must be cared for with every single aspect of our national strength.
The legitimacy and popularity of this administration will be terribly bugged if these girls stay 48 hours longer in the camps of these devils.
OSHALOTO Joseph Tade is a Nigerian.