I Know the real big Folks. By Oshaloto, Joseph Tade.

Everywhere across this country is an army of young fine people who are very smart, self motivated, enterprising and leadership-ready. I have a special privilege of running into them both physically and virtually.

They are the object of my assurance of a Nigeria that will someday get things right. The sort of hope that our communication leaves on me is why I still retain my ownership of the Nigerian dream.

Friends, I restate what I’ve mostly told you about yourselves – that you’re fabulous. I feel blessed to be part of the same demographic as you. The challenges are daunting but our dream is of course the insights we share makes it interesting.

When we together to slay kosai and kunuzaki in Akenzua Hall in Zaria or munch okpa and abatcha in Enugu; when we rehearse ENACTUS project reports or when we turn up for job intense job interviews in Lagos, it’s amazing how it’s never lost on us the great tasks we’re up against. The deep forests of the West, the Indo/Chinese factories in Lagos to the Farm center in Kano, the Nigerian enterprise is rocksolid on our minds. We keep on keeping on against all odds.

And guess what, we shall breakeven. For real.

Our fathers may have handed us a different understanding of success – in which prosperity is individualistic -, our endless discussions and openness to the right concepts have revealed to us a success of a different kind; a success that cuts across. Success that breeds less resentment from others. Success that ensures internet access to the rich as well as the poor, success that ensure quality Healthcare for Bill and Bola. It is heartwarming that a different order of struggles is dawning on this generation – our own generation – in which the difference between Ajah and Ajaokuta will be mere geography and not the non/availability of good roads, hospitals, internet access, electricity supply and responsible Policing.

While our dreams and struggles still suffer huge of setbacks from policymakers and those who’re in charge, I believe we’re on the road to creating a world of our own – a 21st century living standard.

To the naysayers, this is possible. To the optimistic, this is a worthy cause.

In closing, I like to remind everyone that good living standards are a product of good leadership. And as a democracy, we have a rich avenue to entrench good leadership through the POWER of the ballot.

Oshaloto, Joseph Tade
June 3rd, 2018.

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Gani, Nigeria and her Greek Gift. By Oshaloto, Joseph Tade.

While he walked the earth, the man Gani regarded the Nigeria National Award no more than a mockery of the famed Eight Goals. In fact, the tone of his December 15th, 2008 letter of REJECTION OF NATIONAL AWARD appear to perceive the award as leperous.

The question therefore is, what has changed? What has now validated the award in the face of acute misgovernace that pervades our national life? The balance with which the legend assessed the worthiness of the NATIONAL AWARD rests on the Eight Point GOALS. these in include;

1. abolition of poverty.

2. the unqualified need to preserve citizens’ FUNDAMENTAL HUMAN RIGHTS.

3. governance of our country through Democratic Processes

4. subjection of Everybody and Everything to the Rule of Law

5. upholding the Right of the Nigerian People to FREE and Qualitative Education at all Levels.

6. rights of EVERY Nigerian to FREE and QUALITATIVE Health services and facilities.

7. strengthening of our ECONOMY through sound DEVELOPMENT of INFRASTRUCTURES, and

8. stopping Corruption.

No one will disagree with the fact that after Gani’s demise, nothing of note has been achieved by successive administration, not the least the current administration which may be right adjudged one of the worst performing.

If Gani avoided Nigeria’s Award while on earth, doesn’t this government run the risk of incurring the wrath of the late Senior Advocate? Gani was a man of great integrity. He did not belong to the stock of cheap title craving elites of Nigeria.

I can stake my mortgage that Gani posthumously retains the position he held ten years ago. He has not changed his mind.

An advice to Nigerian Government (and this knows no party or individual).

I am constrained to ask the Federal Government of Nigeria to:

a. withdraw this so-called award posthumously given the erudite Senior Advocate and immediately tender an honest statement of apology to him, his family and all his admirers in Nigeria and around the world.

b. show more sincerity of purpose towards resolving the myriads of problems besetting our nation.

c. ensure that every item on the famous Eight Goals receives honest and/or expedited attention.

d. the present administration will also do well to Gani (and its own conscience) by ensuring that every political prisoner is released unconditionally.

Look, Nigeria, it is not about titles. No. There has been so much title in the land and some much poverty, corruption and chaos. Our true honor as a nation and individuals rests on how well we are governed and how prosperously we fare.

Think about this and let Gani rest.

Oshaloto, Joseph Tade.
7th June, 2018

Our Nigeria. Our aged, our Youth.

Our Nigeria. Our Aged, our Youth. By Oshaloto, Joseph Tade.

May God renew the strengths of the Nigerian youth, give him wisdom and sense of responsibility plus a sense of service – selfless service – so that he can relieve his fathers and grandfathers, mothers and grandmothers from the energy sapping job of nation building.

They need to have their well deserved rests. Anything short of this is a curse and an aberration of the ideals of Times and Seasons.

If the active population cannot search out a worthy among itself, it is a pity. An indictment.

This is not us. At all.

The Nigerian youth has a history of excelling. We build, nurture and exceed expectations. We effect creative distruptions.

This we witnessed when a young Buhari took over power from Shagari government because it was considered unsalvagably corrupt.

It was in 1983. He was just a Major General.

Beyond a possible inordinate thirst for power, the young man Buhari demonstrated an abundant energy of the Nigerian youth. A purposefulness that transcends the fear of death were his coup botched.

I’m persuaded that this energy, this love for country, this desire to move our nation forward and integrating it as an entity bounded by love, tolerance, mutual trust and respect and above all a prosperity that would be an envy of all nations.

This energy will manifest with much ebullience. The youth will take over. President Buhari will come back to the ASO Rock. But it will be to offer fatherly advice as elder statesman. He will be happy and proud. We will all be happy. Our nation will rise.

Oshaloto, Joseph Tade

Oil blocks palavar; President Buhari’s parting gift?

It is worth commending that Mr. President who also doubles as the Hon. Minister of Petroleum is doing something about the allocation of oil blocks. Even though I will argue that he should have deployed similar strength of leadership earlier to prevent the monumental cronyism that greeted CBN/NNPC recruitments.

In spite of previous failings, my president’s latest decision to allow due process/open bidding must be acknowledged. The magnitudes of corruption carried out by previous administrations remain odiously unequaled. This is a reality that made us clamor for a Buhari. And so we became aghast when his administration began to add the collateral of incompetencies to corruption.

Like many other progressives, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari was nothing short of a sanitizer. Nigeria needed him. His was meant to be a brief stop. For the Augean stables were indeed dirty. So being the man of integrity that he was, it was much joy when he assured the country – between man and god – that he was never going to seek a re-election if only we would let him get there. He would never scam us, many swore.

Nigerians are grateful. They are grateful that in spite of his age, the president is doing his best to leave the ASO Rock with a semblance of promise kept. The oil wolves – the bad guys with devilish appetite for ill gotten oil – are in for a shocker. Baba is disloging them from their closed places.

Oh, baba Buhari, you have done well here.

As you prepare to hand the baton to a much younger hand; a hand that is energetic, contemporary and wise, may it please the Lord to grant amplification to your good deeds. May it be that if you have given a blow to corruption, it would die seven times.

To you my fellow youth, your are absolutely up to the task. You can take over from our evidently tired parents. And successfully so. Believe me.

Therefore, like a plague, avoid anything or anyone who attempts to despise the days of your youth. It is for you to build your country actively and sensibly and passionately.

Our forebears have labored enough. Let them peacefully retire to the countryside and enjoy the bliss of old age.

Be Strengthened. Everyone.

Oshaloto, Joseph Tade.

Hearty congratulations, Kabiyesi. 

Hearty congratulations on your coronation as the 6th Ọwá of Jege land.


Your Highness, your royal ascension is a further testimony to your large heart and love towards your people and  humanity. 
The royal presence and support of members of Yagba East Traditional Council, Jege Development Association and many eminent sons and daughters, friends and well wishers from across the country shows that our Kabiyesi is indeed a man of great value. 
May it please the Lord to grant you more wisdom, power, a healthy and long life.
K’ade ó pẹ́ l’ori ó, kabiyesi Oba Aderibigbe Joseph Osasona.
Courtesy: Comrade Ekundayo Segun.

Let’s put these Guys to Work, Please. By Oshaloto, Joseph Tade.

I simply marvel each time we come to the public space in defense of Nigeria’s political elites. Of course, we have a moral duty to show goodwill to our leaders so as to encourage them to perform the task for which they have been elected or appointed.

For the records, I do not hate politicians and public office holders. My greatest wish is for each one of them to succeed at the assignments that I as their employer have given them. My life is better, more prosperous when they do well. I am more confident among the comity of well govern citizens when they perform. This is why I come hard on them – for they are failing.

I believe elected representatives at all levels must not be patronized because they are very powerful and strategic. They are the fullness of my power as a citizen. They hold custody of the powers the citizens have over their destinies. Be it education, safety/security, dignity of our human person and essence, our family life, employment, Healthcare, even the way and manner and extent to which we practice our religion etc, the [people in] government wield enormous influence over these things.

How then can I joke with someone who is clearly handling these things poorly? Why on earth should I refrain from telling him off? Why should I patronize them?

I strongly suggest we rethink our position. We must reassert ourselves as a stubborn conscience that takes sweet sleep away from every rogue in government.

Few days ago, a popular market in Lugbe area of Abuja was demolished. I must say that I have never been bothered by the demolition of illegal and/or dangerous structures. But the Nigerian way of demolition is simply satanic.

It speaks to the damming of the common man in Nigeria’s socioeconomic equation. Sad.

Nigeria is indeed a wicked place. Ours is a structure that creates problems for the poor and makes haste to punish him. Ours typifies the “tragedy of the common”. The haste with which the poor is being punished deservedly or undeservedly shows that he has no place in the country’s equation of good.

Little wonder there is no government pipe borne water in the city of Abuja. The few rich people sink their bore holes. The poor can afford to treat typhoid every now and then.

Under a system that has the interest of the masses at heart, demolition of such a strategic market as Gwoza must be preceeded by a human face. A humane alternative. But can we begin to talk about humaneness when the very demographic that is worst hit, the youth – and some uncles like that – who are being targeted for with bad policies the government can muster are the very ones holding briefs for government?

The very faces that jump in defense of the wickedness of Nigerian government are ironically the faces I see in the humblest places. We use these bad roads together. We buy (don’t buy) this 200 NGN fuel together. We bail ourselves from the police together. We pay vigilante levies together. We pay for electricity bills we don’t use together. We are excluded from juicy CBN, NNPC etc employments together. Together we get whipped with koboko off the road so that politicians’ convoys can pass.

Why the suffering and hailing? Why can’t we close ranks and demand quality leadership together?

Why won’t we for once, together, close ranks so that we may leave some sanctity for our children? See, people in government will come and go, it is our collective will that must not shake. Their brief stay must count on the side of our fulfillment and happiness.

The demolition of Gwoza on excuse that the market inhibits vehicular movement to and from the airport is sick. It is unkind. It is antipeople. However, if the government truly recognizes that as the reason, what responsible plan is there for the over 5 to ten thousand people whose means of livelihood has been affected and/or destroyed?

I will love to read more updates from fellow citizens demanding a decent and strategic resettlement of Gwoza market. A demand for compensation will not be an overdo, too.

Oshaloto, Joseph Tade
Abuja, Nigeria

No government keeps us safer than ourselves. By Oshaloto, Joseph Tade.

Though Mr. Yari would have us believe that fornication rather than bad leadership is reason for deaths and others calamities in Zamfara. We won’t keep quiet in exposing the culpability of government in citizens’ woes. We face what we face as a result of their failures.

I hope the people of Zamfara and elsewhere in Nigeria’s many troubled spots realize the need to take their destinies and survival into their hands by voting only competent people to power.

While we await another election season, we must not fold our arms and allow the killer to kill. We must stand in defense of our ancestral lands, and our wives, and our children – until it pleases God to send us good leaders.

Our slayers understand just one language. This language is called decisive resistance. We must take our self defense very seriously.

It won’t be long, I believe, when the Almighty will wipe our tears away with a leadership that will be the envy of nations.

May this day come, Lord. May it come quickly.

RIP to these many souls. As you’re being cut short, may the Almighty lodge your souls in the choicest chalets of paradise.Oshaloto, Joseph Tade
Abuja, Nigeria

THE UNPROVOKED KILLING OF MY KINSMEN IN KOGI EAST, MIDDLEBELT, NIGERIA. BY OSHALOTO, JOSEPH TADE.

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.

Thank you.

Signed: The library of Tade. +234802 522 3926

No Sir, leadership is virtually everything. By OSHALOTO, Joseph Tade.

No, Leadership is Virtually Everything. By OSHALOTO, Joseph Tade.

“Africa’s underdevelopment is largely due to poor private sector understanding & deployment of management SYSTEMS.”
Dapo Adeyemi!

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.

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.