Safe your Soul. Dump Incompetence. By Oshaloto, Joseph Tade 

To my mind and as noted by various commentators, corruption encompasses all forms of incompetencies, misappropriation and not merely bribery, embezzlement/theft.
Terrible as bribery and embezzlement are, what is lost to incompetence is probably costlier – we rarely factor this because we value cash over and above service, values and other deliverables. We appear to be a lot comfortable with substandards and sometimes doublestandards.
– Oshaloto, Joseph Tade 

July, 2017


A Jonathan’s corruption NOT an Excuse for a Buhari’s Ineptitude. By Oshaloto, Joseph Tade 

Grossly disingenuous is the position held by certain bloc of Prez. Buhari’s support base.

This position of their’s is somewhat an ‘obligation’ to discount every single goof made by the presidency. 

While I know and expect that one’s support base should stand strong in one’s defense, I expect that our loyalty must be aimed at the ultimate good of the country. This cannot be said of many supporters of Prez. Buhari who I’ve interacted with.

To my horror, I find that some of these guys would rather have a totally messed up country than have the leader called out.

I find it very baffling that quite an intolerable number of young people – who should normally accept nothing short of excellent leadership – always seem unreasonably satisfied with what appears to be ineptitude of this administration.

The strength of their argument is hinged on the extent of this administration’s incompetence rather than its competence. They say it is less dangerous than theft.

Like it scares me, it should bother any patriotic Nigerian with a modicum of conscience that though certain Nigerian Youths admit that the leadership of their country is consistently getting things wrong, they still insist that that is the way things should and must go.

I have no argument or defense for the irredeemability of the corruption of previous administration – particularly Prez. Jonathan’s. As a matter of fact, I hold the opinion that every past president of this country should be made to give a comprehensive account of their stewardship. They should be sanctioned and divested of every item they illegally acquired.

This being said, to begin to excuse poor performance on the pretext that past leaders were corrupt is a troubling indication of our unwillingness as youth to make our leaders to imbibe excellence.

A Jonathan’s corruption is not a justification for a Buhari’s ineptitude.

It amounts to making a caricature of our dream of a great nation – a Nigerian of our dream – when we begin to hail the badness of Prez. Buhari’s administration as less deadly than Jonathan’s corruption.

Weeks ago, I penned a short update on my social media handles where I clearly stated that what Nigeria has lost and still loses to incompetence is costlier than we are willing to admit. The losses we suffer today cannot be divorced from the compromises we have accepted in the past.

In fact, incompetence is in my opinion the worst form of corruption.

As I conclude this piece, I wish to point out that I do not believe little minds exist on this platform. But should any mind consider this an affront on some political deity which no one should disagree with, I advise such a mind gets itself some cool wine.

Clearly, mine is a loyalty to the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Anything or anyone who stands in the way of her growth and prosperity will not escape my critical pen. With love of course.

May Nigeria succeed.

Happy new year.

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When Education is no longer Educating. By Ologun Opeyemi. 

When Education is no longer Educating 
The education system had been considered all over the world as a potent tool to develop a nation; and as such any nation willing to take its place among world powers must give a sizeable attention to education particularly development of intellectual abilities and sharpening the creative mind of her people. Most nations that grew from underdevelopment characterised by poverty, economic woes and a lack of infrastructures to an unimaginably fast growing economies and transforming into enviable and developed nations could do so as a result of certain deliberate efforts of the government. One may consider one of the catalysts as education. Gleaning from quotes by John Kennedy:

“Our progress as a nation can be no swifter than our progress in education. The human mind is our fundamental resource.” “Let us think of education as a means of developing our greatest abilities, because in each of us there is a private hope and dream which, fulfilled, can be translated into benefit for everyone and greater strength for our nation.”
Since formal education started in Nigeria in 1842 championed by the Christian Missionaries and had since evolved into a proliferation of what we have today, we should applaud ourselves of the achievement we have gotten so far as a Nation. We successfully moved up from 54.8 percent literacy level in 2003 to 59.6 percent in 2015, a slow growth one might say, however, it is an improvement that should be acknowledged. With the recent happenings around the country, I’ve had to ask myself over again; what role has education played in developing our greatest abilities and to what end has these abilities benefited our nation?
After I bagged my first degree, I ventured into the labour market in a bid to actualising my dreams, but one thing I never failed to realise was that the more I tried my hands on different opportunities that came my way, the better I realised what I acquired between that four year-stint was not sufficient to launch me into that desired phase. And as such I needed more. It got me more distressed that despite all we went through; night classes, bumping from one class to another, taking tests and writing exams, having sleepless nights and shying away from socials in order to increase one’s grades – the grade didn’t measure up to the task ahead. This sad reality made me to critically assess some of these quotes on Education. Could it be there is something different apart from what we do in the classroom called education? Or the one we have in Nigeria has lost its potency to actually educate. Education that thoroughly liberates, equipping one with independence of disposition, rational analysis of events from a detached standpoint. 
I have been highly disappointed to see that as a people even among the so called elites, where the fulcrum of our discussions has been quite frivolous and lacking developmental direction. Where we keep fronting a society widely divided based on religion and ethnicity. Who made us people filled with venom ready to strangle those who neither share the same belief with us nor speak the same language? In a multi-ethnic and religious country like Nigeria, one will expect that we all can draw from our diversities and religious beliefs (which necessarily should make us better persons). 
Better persons who will strengthen the course of the nation, bringing about rapid development and transformation, but all we successfully can lay claim to are religious and ethnic divisions, bigotry, corruption, poverty, economic woes, dilapidated infrastructures and failed sectors across the country.

Our human mind has suddenly been clasped into two compartments; religion and ethnicity. When are we going to discuss development? I mean the real development experienced in other parts of the world. Where is the education that will sharpen the intellectual abilities of people who will bring about world-class technological innovations that transformed those third world countries into world powers taking place? Of a truth, we have not been experiencing that type of education in this part of the world. Where those you consider have been highly intellectual also wrap their thinking around the two compartments–what education did they ever get? Those who have been schooled draw from their wealth of language only to still express their sentiments regardless how vulnerable this sentiment will destabilize the country. We have now formed the bases of our humanity rigidly on ethnicity and religion. Whatever happens must first appeal to our religious sensitivity or ethnic bias, if it does not, we are ready to create a division until our visions alone are held in high regard.
Partly, what gave rise to this thought are recent happenings in the country especially on our social media space. I have been opportune to listen to some ‘bright’ minds on issues that happened during the last two weeks and I dare to say our education is no longer educating. We cannot achieve what John Kennedy said education will achieve, because we went into it with our mind in the box and we came out not freeing our mind from the same box. We have only become shallow minded and myopic. These issues should not even be given the attention it got, not to talk of the energy it’s exerting from us, thereby portraying us as unintelligent people who don’t even know what to make of life. The elite that should give us hope, have their dispositions warped with sentiments and cannot move us forward(the sad reality). When other nations keep progressing with winsome and novel ideas, we keep on arguing endlessly and throwing tantrums on frivolities, then, we turn to ‘Our God’ who doesn’t like development to deliver us from our endless poverty and woes. But, I hope someday we will get things right, because this does not look right. Something is really wrong with what we call education. And it won’t be out of place for government to call for a swift and total overhaul of the education sector. Maybe, after that we can all experience a true education that develops our greatest abilities for the greater benefits of the nation at large. Just maybe.
OLOGUN Opeyemi

A distressed Nigerian who seeks a better country. She holds a Master’s degree in English Language from the University of Ibadan. 

Nigerian Banks, Billionaires, & Your Sorry Ordinary Ass. By; Pius Adesanmi 

Some of my friends have said that we moved too quickly within the same week from Hijab-Gate (religion) to Innoson-Gate (ethnicity). I told my worried friends that I do not share their despondency. 
On the contrary, I am saying Allah be praised for I have learnt to give thanks and praise to God for little mercies concerning Nigeria. At least two days separate our cursing and hating each other on account of religion from our cursing and hating each other on account of ethnicity this week.

That is considerable progress and sufficient ground to celebrate and give thanks to God considering the fact that we used to multitask our hatreds on several fronts simultaneously. Now we hate on one basis at a time before we transition to the next basis for hate. One hatred at a time. No more multitasked hatreds on multiple fronts at the same time. 

Having done Christianity versus Islam over hijab before transitioning to Yoruba versus Igbo over Innocent Chukwuma this week, chances are we will be back to APC versus PDP by Christmas. Is this not progress?
Given the fact that we have less than 48 hours before we forget GTB and Innoson and move on to the political front of hatred (then back to religion, ethnicity, politics; repeat cycle of hatred ad nauseam), I deem it important to enter a few pertinent submissions so that your sorry ordinary Nigerian ass may once again contemplate the enormity of the price you pay for your stubborn and congenital apathy towards memory.
Save for a comment on my friend, Barrister Abdul Mahmud’s wall, I have largely stayed away from the raging inferno of ethnicity feeding into a business relationship gone bad between a bank and a business man. In the main, I see a typical Nigerian farcical plot complete with layers of irregularities, counter-irregularities, and plain bad behaviour. Somewhere in all this is a dividing line shaped by ethnicity and primordial sentiments. 
If you are Igbo, you tend to believe that the bank is a rogue Yoruba bank that has been stealing money from the business man, violating court orders, and corralling the instruments of the Nigerian state to intimidate the hapless business man. 
If you are Yoruba, you are probably retailing the acerbic narratives of the bank and the EFCC, aided by your friends from the north who have been dragged in because their Sai Baba is being accused of going after the business of his enemies in the Southeast.
This, in the main, is where we are. We are here because, once again, we have sacrificed memory on the altar of primordial sentiments and failed to press our immediate past experience into the service of our collective interests as the little peeps. 
You see, primordial sentiments are not just invidious, they are also blinding and require a fundamental surrender of the part of one’s critical faculty that should be constantly sentient in order for one to be able to grasp the full dimensions of one’s situation.
Were your sorry ass as an ordinary Nigerian not blinded by primordial sentiments, you would have been able to reason on the basis of memory that who scammed who between GTB and Innocent Chukwuma is an intra-class fratricide that is none of your business.
When we speak about a particular class we call the Nigerian elite, many have a reductionist conceptualization of the matter. You think in terms of individuals, of those one percenters in politics, social circles, and business.
It is important that you broaden your understanding of the elite. It is individuals. It is their social group or class. It is also their institutions and apparatuses of dominance, control, and exploitation. In other words, the politicians, the state and her instruments of violence (the Army, the police, EFCC, etc), the banks and other instruments of financial accumulation and oppression, are all part of a one percentile elite organism of exploitation and oppression.
An individual member of this group in a feud with an institutional member of the same group is really a case of Gambari pa Fulani. It is none of your business because however it plays out between Innocent Chukwuma and GTB, none of the feuding parties will lose. YOU will still lose out, you and your sorry little ass. Forget ethnicity. Forget your Yoruba-Igbo incubus: you will both pay the price of this feud between a business man and his bank.
This is where memory helps. Unfortunately, memory and the Nigerian are always hostile neighbours in the same sentence. In 2009, the current Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, rendered an historic service to this country. It was one of the most patriotic acts ever rendered this country by a citizen – a blue blooded one percenter for that matter. He was then CBN Governor. He carried out a thorough audit of the banking sector, indicted so many misbehaving and criminal bank chiefs and, in a revolutionary manner, published lists of bank loan defaulters in two installments.
Sanusi Lamido Sanusi’s action was a climacteric. Nearly two hundred and fifty names – the most prominent names from every corner of Nigeria, old money, new money – were involved in the most egregious abuse of depositors’ funds in criminal collusion with our banks. 
Virtually every billionaire in Nigeria appeared on the list of chronic debtors – Dangote, Otedola, etc. Virtually every corporation, every holding in the country, featured in the list as owners of non-performing loans or outright bad debts.
We are talking of hundreds and hundreds of billions of naira. Nigerian banks will take your owo oniru, owo oniyo, owo alata, your hard-earned deposits of one thousand naira, the money of the newspaper vendor, the money of the roadside mechanic, the money of Iyaloja, the money of unpaid teachers, nurses, the money of civil servants, roll them into billions and parcel them out as non-performing loans and bad debts to Dangote, Otedola and billionaires of every tribe, politicians of every faith, social climbers of every hue. 
What SLS revealed in his 2009 list showed that Bukola Saraki was a boy scout with his heists at Societe Generale Bank.
The bank chiefs, mostly Bible-wielding, Holy Ghost fire-spewing morons, understand the game. They do not discriminate on the basis of ethnicity, tribe, or political affiliation. Once you are a one percenter, you are in on the family crime that is the Nigerian banking and financial sector. They give you billions in loans and credit instruments with little or no due diligence because there are all kinds of in-built cuts and kickbacks. The banks rub your back and you rub their backs.
They will never lend to your sorry little ass as an ordinary citizen. They will never lend to your little business. If you are a Mai Shayi, you better not approach them for a loan to grow your business. Pray that Governor Ganduje wakes up on the happy side of his bed tomorrow morning. If you are a market porter in Makurdi, you better not approach Nigerian banks for a loan to help your small business hustle. Pray that Governor Ortom dreams about wheelbarrows tonight. The banks will not give you loans but they will take your little money, your meagre deposits, and parcel them out as loans to the billionaires. Never really to be repaid.
Because it is all a game, Nigeria made noise for about a week after Sanusi published the lists. And we moved on to our eternal shame and damnation as a people. Not a single arrest. Not a single prosecution. We moved on. 
In fact, Professor Pat Utomi, who appeared in the list as a loan defaulter, did a lot of gragra. He made a lot of noise and threatened to sue. I guess someone eventually whispered to Prof to observe the golden rule of silence and let the matter blow over. We never heard pim from Prof again. We never heard from any of the 250 people listed again. We moved on.
But your sorry little ass as an ordinary Nigerian has been paying for the crimes of these one percenters and the conniving banks. Oho, so you think that the banks went to sleep just because Dangote, Otedola and every other Nigerian billionaire did not repay the loans? 
No, the loans are passed on to you in a cruel Darwinian equation. That is why Nigerian banks are forever making you pay fees that you cannot for the life of you understand. That is why they are always criminally withdrawing little sums from your account – fifty naira here, a hundred naira there. They charge and charge and charge and bill you out of existence. You are repaying the non-performing loans and bad debts of their criminal one percentile family members.
Innocent Chukwuma and GTB are family members in this game. It is poverty that makes you invest in Yoruba-Igbo feuding when there is no such thing going on in this matter. One percenters are too rich and busy to think like you. No matter how this pans out, the debts will be parceled out to your sorry little Igbo and Yoruba asses in the bills and charges you pay for the 17th-century services of GTB. They will milk you to get that money back while eventually reaching a deal with Innoson.
Let’s recap for it is very important that you understand these things: Nigerian banks, Nigerian instruments of state violence, and social, business, and political actors are all branches of one class organism called the elite. 
In Nigeria, this expanded elite is irredeemably criminal. It is also a non-sentient, sociopathic elite with zero inclination towards even the most rudimentary understanding of the social contract. The only social contract between you and this elite is the partnership between the horse and its rider. That is the only way the Nigerian elite can ontologically relate to you.
So, fight GTB but do not fight GTB on account of its family member – Innocent Chukwuma. Fight GTB in a broader, expanded and more meaningful sense because she is a member of a criminal cartel called the Nigerian banking sector. 
Nigerian banks are wholesomely irresponsible. They offer you the most atrocious services imaginable. Customer service is zero. Banks in the Songhai Empire of Askia the Great offered better online services in the 15th century than what Nigerian banks currently offer in the second decade of the 21st century.
When they maltreat your sorry little ass, they don’t care about your ethnicity or religion.
With elections around the corner in the next two years in Nigeria, many of them are already prospecting for who could become Governor, who could become a Senator and potentially head a “juicy” Senate committee. With your deposits, they will extend credit facilities to these potentially bankable politicians.
You will only hear about it if things go south and they begin to fight.
Stop picking sides. 
Grab a popcorn, open a bottle of Orijin, and enjoy the fight.


As build up towards 2019 elections particularly presidential election intensifies, many gladiators have begun to strategize in order to get maximum support for their projects. 

Characterizing Nigeria’s political landscape is, pull-him-down-syndrome (phds) – where rivals tag one another with notorious pseudonyms like: thief, bastard, imbecile, Boko Haram, misogynist, womanizer, etc.

Since Nigeria’s democracy is still at infant stage, our campaign strategy is of puerile nature like two youngsters struggling to get keke down the road. Maybe because electorates are ignorant, and do not know how to demand dividends of democracy from their leaders.

In Nigeria, it is believed that politicians are thieves but some are seen to be bigger thieves than others. Somebody once argued that any political office holder that has not stolen in Nigeria should come out and explain the source of his/her wealth.

Nigerians are so fortunate to have Muhammadu Buahari as president, many believed he would change Nigeria to ‘small London’ because of the wider perception that he is one politician or a changed democrat that has not stolen much, some say he has not stolen a dime. 

Regrettably, the country’s economy nosedived during the first twenty months of his administration; corruption still persists in his administration – ‘Ikoyi gate’, ‘Lawal gate’, and ‘Maina gate’ and many more ‘gates’. 

People say that, despite the corruption in previous administration, though as the present administration made them believe, that the economy was better: civil servants were not owed salaries like this present administration, foreign exchange rate was bearable, people were able to eat comfortably, and premium motor spirit (petrol) was affordable. Many see the present fight against corruption as victimization of opposition. Due to the hardship experienced by the masses under this present administration, people chant ‘give us back our corruption’. That previous administration was by far better compared to the present.

Let us now look at a case of pot calling kettle black, or kettle calling pot black. Who has ever recommended an angel in the annals of Nigeria’s political space, Obasanjo or Babangida? What have the angels so recommended before done to the growth and development of Nigeria? I think we should be done with recommendation.

Alhaji Atiku Abubakar was the vice president of the federal republic of Nigeria during the regime of the fomer president Olusegun Obasanjo. Both piloted the affairs of this country for eight good years, although a lot was done to extend their regime to twelve years of three terms. This agenda – ‘third term agenda’ created disagreement between the two of them.

Alhaji Atiku, the great Waziri of Adamawa, a philanthropist, a business mogul, a generous, and a distinguished chief from Adamawa state – home state to the wife of the present president. Most people consider Alhaji to be a generous man and his generosity is highly appreciated among his business associates and top government functionaries – during his time as the vice president of the federal republic of Nigeria. Atiku, a detribalized Nigerian a husband to the famous and beautiful Titi Atiku who hails from Aregbesola’s state of Osun, home state to the famous and handsome former minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode. 

Alhaji Atiku was one of the founders of APC, he was a ‘mover’ and ‘shaker’ of things, his presence in APC brought respect and financial balance to the party, because when we talk about financial power, no-one would dear ask what Waziris would do. He was one of the financiers of the APC. Then what happened within the party that made Alhaji Atiku to go back to the PDP? I think a lot of things must have happened like lack of proper coordination in APC’s administration; Mrs. Aisha Buhari complained about that, she suspected that this present administration had been hijacked from her husband. Alhaji’s influence once upon a time mattered in APC.

Because of his 2019 presidential ambition, many have begun to see Alhaji Atiku as an enemy, a thief, an inconsistent and a political prostitute. But what has suddenly made Alhaji Atiku a thief? Can anyone come out with evidence to show what he has stolen from Federal Republic of Nigeria? Why must someone suddenly see a thief in a person when he/she leaves for another camp?  Accusations like these occur in Nigeria’s politics. I think we need to be careful about the way we see thieves, so that we do not downplay the efforts of our anti graft agencies that have the constitutional powers to arrest, investigate, and prosecute thieves. I still believe that no individual is too big that a country cannot investigate and prosecute if found culpable.

I think it is time for Nigerians to look at aspirants; vet them themselves accept or reject as they deem fit, rather than allow aspirants to be foisted or recommended by somebody. How have angels presented fared in delivering the dividends of democracy to the people? Has anything changed? I think Alhaji Atiku is one individual that we need to test for four years and see if the black he has been painted is his true colour. I believe Baba Obasanjo has not called Alhaji Atiku any bad name. Obasanjo must have been trying to let people see another thing in the life of this great man – Alhaji Atiku.

Who is the angel in Nigeria? The political angel should come out and explain to us Nigerians how his father handed over wealth to him. It is better for us as Nigerians to test and see the stuff that Alhaji Atiku is made of, than believing what somebody else has said about him – Alhaji Atiku.

I know that good people are not always embraced by majority; they do not always get the link to the top seat. Kogi State experienced same when people painted Hon., James Faleke black. People called him Lagos state indigene, Tinubu’s ‘boy’, and a killer. But I am sure that a new song is being sung in the state now that ‘pepper’ is being dished out to state civil servants and state pensioners as many of them have been denied their pays for more than twenty months, almost two good years. That is what their ‘son’ has given them.

Finally, fellow citizens, let us try to test and see if there will be any evil in Atiku as his political rivals have painted him. I do not want to believe that our refusal to support Alhaji Atiku is a spell from the enemies on the citizens. Up till now, we have not seen the angelic part of the ‘saints’ they have always presented to us. Time waits for no-man, let us take in and digest this piece.


 Oshaloto Ilesanmi

What Paul Martin said about Us in Africa. By; Oshaloto Joseph Tade. 

WaPo had on 19th December, 2017 credited the opinions below to a former Canadian prime Minister, Paul Martin. 
“More than 10 million young Africans enter the workforce each year, yet the continent creates only about three million jobs annually.
” That gap heralds a future of poverty and migration that will reverberate around the world.
“Even if displacement from war and famine recedes, millions of Africans will still feel compelled to leave in search of better lives, regardless of the barriers in their paths.
“The only way to keep this from happening is to guarantee job growth and living conditions that will enable them to stay where they want to stay — at home.”

End of quote.
Enters Tade, 
The gentleman former PM’s submission, again, shows how commonsensically the African migration problem can/not be addressed.
I once noted in a forum that a man is more attached to a land where he is prospering. People in their active lives are a lot less mindful of the home-is-home rhetoric until they can lay hold on a certain measure of success. Of course no one should clap for me on this. It is commonsense.
I sad. I ache. I ache when governments, particularly the Nigerian government – who in my opinion has too little dose of conscience – blames the young emigrating folks for being impatient or greedy.
In all honesty and due regard to the government of the federal republic, I believe that a government that cannot provide a service as basic as water (omi, ruwa, mmiri, du l’eau) – even in its capital city or its coastal towns – for its citizens has lost its moral rights to apportion any blame on those who seek responsible governance elsewhere.
As a matter responsibility which is evidently lacking, every single soul that our nation loses to emigration must be accounted for by the government. The family must be adequately compensated. Figures of such loses must be conspicuously written against the leadership of the country in whose time such carnage occurs. 
It is laughable that many in government pretend they do not know that the mass exodus of our young able bodies are a direct scorecard of the government’s criminal negligence and/or incompetence.
May it ring out that unless there’s a believable level of decisiveness on the part of the government to ensure quality life for the citizens, harvesting bodies on the Mediterranean, Sahara and elsewhere may have just begun. 
Man would stake his own life to pursue his hopes no matter how dangerous.
Be believable O Nigeria. Quit dashing our hopes.
May the souls of these fallen heroes rest in peace. 
Oshaloto, Joseph Tade.

December 20th, 2017 💥


I have my Rights, for I am Human. And you, too 

I have my Rights, for I am Human. And you, too. 

By: Oshaloto, Joseph Tade
Your government is not magnanimous by guaranteeing your Human Rights. And hey, it’s December the 10th – another International Human Rights day.
It is worth mentioning that our world has made a remarkable progress in guaranteeing the enjoyment of Fundamental Human Rights of every man and woman.
From Civil Societies to regional and international organizations particularly the United Nations, the Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, to Musicians, visual and performing artists etc., folks across the world are showing the tyranny inside of us, and the tyrants among us a better way to live. Nothing inspires hopes in our troubled world than the energies, time and resources committed to realizing a just, equitable and free world.
The significance of this day is unmatched and can only be described as the essence of our being alive. It is a testament of our resolve to make our world free and livable. It is an unmistakable signal that to repressive régimes that our world deserves nothing less than a true freedom. 
The Second World War may have dealt a huge blow on the entire world, it however made the protection of the human rights a global priority. Efforts in entrenching these rights also brought great relief to citizens across the world who were under repressive regimes. 
Human rights are the basic rights and freedoms that belong to every person from birth to death. They apply to every person regardless of their origin and lifestyle. They can NEVER be taken away. Leaders and governments anywhere will not be doing the citizens a ‘favor’ by ensuring they enjoy this freedom. They would only be justifying their rights to be listed on the map of civilization. For it is criminal for any government to sabotage this. 
Though, in the interest national security these rights can sometimes be restricted. Also, certain aspects of these rights may be restricted when you break the law. Safe this, no individual or government is justified to infringe on these provisions. They are universal and true. 
They are BASIC rights predicated on values like dignity, fairness, equality, respect and independence. Human rights are protected by the Human Rights Act 1998. 
Your right to life, right to a private and family life as well as expressing your opinions, and

your right NOT to be mistreated or wrongly punished by the state are some of the specific provisions of the HRA 1998.
Below are the 30 articles wherein your human rights are enshrined; 
1 Right to Equality

2 Freedom from Discrimination

3 Right to Life, Liberty, Personal Security

4 Freedom from Slavery

5 Freedom from Torture and Degrading Treatment

6 Right to Recognition as a Person before the Law

7 Right to Equality before the Law

8 Right to Remedy by Competent Tribunal

9 Freedom from Arbitrary Arrest and Exile

10 Right to Fair Public Hearing

11 Right to be Considered Innocent until Proven Guilty

12 Freedom from Interference with Privacy, Family, Home and Correspondence

13 Right to Free Movement in and out of the Country

14 Right to Asylum in other Countries from Persecution

15 Right to a Nationality and the Freedom to Change It

16 Right to Marriage and Family

17 Right to Own Property

18 Freedom of Belief and Religion

19 Freedom of Opinion and Information

20 Right of Peaceful Assembly and Association

21 Right to Participate in Government and in Free Elections

22 Right to Social Security

23 Right to Desirable Work and to Join Trade Unions

24 Right to Rest and Leisure

25 Right to Adequate Living Standard

26 Right to Education

27 Right to Participate in the Cultural Life of Community

28 Right to a Social Order that Articulates this Document

29 Community Duties Essential to Free and Full Development, and 

Article 30 Freedom from State or Personal Interference in the above Rights.
I listed this out as contained in charter to remind the government and citizens of developing societies – particularly our country Nigeria – who may not have paid reasonable attention to these 30 articles. Knowing this is, in my opinion, very sacrosanct if the fight for their entrenchment will be realized. Demand must be placed on governments both at local, state and federal levels to ensure that these rights are protected. 


We must not give up. We must not let down the humanity in us. We must not leave the debt of free, equitable society for our children.
As legend Bob Marley has noted, ‘beneath every man’s chest there’s a heart’, let us make our hearts and that of our children _dance_ in excitement and not skip in fears. Let us not make our hearts ache in pain or bittered by injustice. Let us make our hearts dance in the freedom of our liberties. 
Happy International Human Rights day 2017.
Oshaloto, Joseph Tade is a strategic communication expert. He acts, speaks, writes and travels.

December 10, 2017 💥

​Buharis Anticorruption Fight is Losing the Steam. Let Religion Help Him. By Oshaloto, Joseph Tade.

Today is International Anticorruption Day 2017.

That corruption has left our country terribly devastated cannot be disputed. The implications of the ills of corruption is plainly seen by the blind, heard by the deaf and felt by all. 
How this absurd way of life could gain such prominence in a uniquely religious society like ours defies simple logic. For instance, you will marvel at the patronage that known thieves enjoy from religious organizations. 
This piece should not be construed as an attack on our three (yes three) most popular religions. What the writer seeks to achieve is nothing more than a reminder of the need for our clerics to take a stand in the fight against corruption. It is most expedient at this time when the Integrity of Mr. President is daily being challenged by the re-insurgence of graft in his administration. 
I have read a bit about world’s religions. Equity and justice are some of the unbreakable lines that runs through these belief systems. They all are opposed to theft, greed and avarice. The virtues of contentment and honesty are emphasized in clear terms. 
Whether I approve of religions or not, there is a fact about it that I cannot deny. And that fact is that RELIGION is powerful! It is a force that makes individuals offer themselves as martyrs. A force that makes people offer up their belongings. It is a force that makes people forfeit the unimaginable bliss of marriage. Religion as force has an unmatched ability to alter the course of living; for good or for bad. In fact, because of the immense and unpredictable power of religion, it is a standard practice to separate it from the state – this is what secularism of the state is anyway. It must also be regulated. 
In Nigeria, religion has lived to its true nature. It has manifestly procured much good and much bad. 
Some commentators, particularly those in favor of a completely secular Nigeria have argued that the spread of corruption may have been encouraged by our highly unregulated religions. This is not exactly the focus of this piece. But whether the claim is true or not, the time is ripe that we begin to take the religion ‘corporations’ to task (and probably to tax, too) and place a moral expectation on them. 
No one can dispute how terribly overwhelmed the Nigerian government has become in its fight against corruption. It has had to walk back on its decisions on this fight (consider their failure to declare identities of those who have stolen humongous amounts of money). Obviously this administration whose ‘primary assignment’ is to dislodge the grip of corruption off Nigeria has lost the steam. In fairness to Mr. Buhari, as an individual I concede that corruption’s grip is much too great than what a the government at the federal level can handle on its own. It is much too great than what a single individual would take on. 
It is now clear that rather than summarizing the fight against corruption into the person of Mr. President, it must be intelligently weaved into our system. It must primarily be on autopilot and supported by a well coordinated government oversight. It must place on the citizen a consciousness. Organizations, particularly the religious, must be made to recognize the fight as theirs. 
Nigeria will be losing both ways if we do not commit our religious industry to this fight. They must be engaged. 
I wish every Nigerian a quick win in the fight against corruption and a speedy recovery. 
Happy International Anticorruption Day 2017. 
Oshaloto, Joseph Tade writes from Abuja. He’s a media and communications consultant. 

December 9th, 2017 💥