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Come out clean on missing $20bn oil money, APC tells FG

December 29, 2014 Blueprint 0

By Bode Olagoke Abuja The All Progressives Congress (APC) has accused the Jonathan Administration of trying to suppress the audit report on the missing $20 billion oil money. It pointed out that the deadline for the release of the report, which was set by the government itself, has come and gone. In a statement issued in Ilorin on Saturday by Read More

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Jonathan visits London, assures of slump in oil price

December 29, 2014 Blueprint 0

By Abdullahi M. Gulloma Abuja President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday left Abuja for a brief private visit to the United Kingdom, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Dr Reuben Abati, said in a statement in Abuja. Abati said the president, who is expected back in Abuja today, was accompanied on the trip by some of his principal staff Read More

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Students insurance: Parents threaten showdown with FG

December 29, 2014 Blueprint 0

By Umar Bayo Abdulwahab Ilorin Parents of students in Federal Unity Schools (FUS) are threatening a showdown with principals of the colleges over alleged compulsory introduction of insurance scheme for all students. According to them, the scheme which is being powered by NICON insurance company in collaboration with ministry of education is seen as a new way of exploiting parents Read More

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Jonathan’s billionaires and other animals

December 29, 2014 Blueprint 0

“This party, as you all know, is a business-friendly party. The government of PDP encourages policies and will come up with programmes and policies that will promote enterprise and industry. We believe we must encourage commercial activities. And within this period that the PDP has been ruling, we’ve actually created a number of millionaires and billionaires.” That was President Goodluck Read More

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Buhari support group raises N85m in Jigawa

December 29, 2014 Blueprint 0

By Bayo Alabira Dutse The All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Buhari Support Group (BSG) has realized over n85 million in support of his campaign for the 2015 general election. The money which was donated by the APC and General Muhammadu Buhari’s supporters where the scratch cards were launched yesterday in dutse, Jigawa state capital with mammoth crowed gathered in Read More

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Executive meddlesomeness dangerous to Nigeria’s democracy – Zoro

December 29, 2014 Blueprint 0

Former President of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) Malam Sani Zoro in this interview with EMEKA NZE links the faceoff between the executive and the lower arm of Nigeria’s legislature arising from the defection of Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon Aminu Waziri Tambuwal. He also warns of the attendant implications of executive interference being capable of derailing Read More

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Uche Jombo writes special birthday note to herself

December 29, 2014 Blueprint 0

It’s Uche Jombo’s birthday on Sunday, December 28 and to celebrate her day, the actress has written a gratifying birthday message to herself. Uche jumbo took to Instagram, posted a lovely picture of herself and captioned it: ‘Happy birthday to me…. It’s been an emotional year for me and also an amazing one too… They say that you never know Read More

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Soyinka on faith, medicine, and the healing of the human spirit

December 29, 2014 Blueprint 0

What a continent’s “rich tapestry of intuitive forces” can teach us about healing, of body and of soul. By Maria Popova Even though the term “placebo effect” was coined in 1920 and the phenomenon itself has been studied since the 18th century, only recently have scientists begun to understand the full extent to which our minds affect our bodies. Of Read More

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2015: PDP in a make or mar battle

December 29, 2014 Blueprint 0

In this piece SAMUEL OGIDAN takes a critical look at the crises in the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) occasioned by the fallout of the just concluded primaries and the implication of the crises to the survival of the party The prediction by Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) stakeholders that the party would rule for more than 60 years is at Read More

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Commandant of INDF PKC inaugurates “Garuda Camp” in CAR

December 29, 2014 Blueprint 0

Brigadier General  AM Putranto, S.Sos, the Commandant of Indonesian National Defense Forces Peacekeeping Center (INDF PKC) have visited Engineering Company Garuda Contingent XXXVII-A MINUSCA (United Nations Multi-Dimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Central African Republic), at Bangui, Central African Republic. On this valuable visit, the Commandant had opportunity to have courtesy call to MG Martin Chomu Tumenta, Force Commander and Mr. Read More

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Eaglets cry out over Kano house gifts again

December 29, 2014 Blueprint 0

World Cup-winning Golden Eaglets stars Musa Muhammed and Zaharadeen Bello have again cried out that they are yet to receive the houses promised them by the Kano State Governor Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso a year ago. Musa Muhammed, who led the Eaglets to win the 2013 FIFA U17 World Cup in the UAE, was promised a house along with fellow Kano Read More

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Former NAL employees appeal to FG for severance benefits

December 29, 2014 Blueprint 0

Former employees of the defunct Nigeria Airways Limited (NAL) have called on the federal government to pay them all their entitlements including pensions. Spokesman for the workers, Mr. Sheri Kyari who made the appeal in Lagos at the weekend, said it had become a matter of urgency because some of the workers had died due to hardship while the surviving Read More

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DHQ to politicians: Don’t undermine the armed forces

December 29, 2014 Blueprint 0

The  armed forces has called on Nigerian politicians and activists to deceit from using forum or medium of their political campaigns to incite  or endorse acts of indiscipline  in the Nigerian  armed forces. This was contained in a statement by the Director Defence Information (DDI), Major General Chris Olukolade. The statement said: “In view of the series of insinuations, allegations Read More

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Media experts call for investigative reporting to rid Africa of corruption

December 29, 2014 Blueprint 0

Investigative journalists from 14 countries in West and Central Africa, are calling attention to what they call “the disastrous effects of corruption and illicit trafficking on human development and security” in the region, and urging journalists to embrace the challenge of investigative techniques to expose corruption and illicit trafficking which they argue have held down human development and worsen security Read More

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NFF warns Eagles against late camp arrival

December 29, 2014 Blueprint 0

…As Uzoenyi walks down the Aisle All invited home based stars for the now altered January 12 and 17 friendlies against Cote D’Ivoire and Sudan, have been told that they must report to the Bolton White Apartment, Zone 7, Abuja  on Tuesday, December 30, 2014. Assistant Coach, Dan ‘the Bull’ Amokachi is expected to be in charge of the two Read More

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Jonathan urged to improve security before 2015 general elections

December 29, 2014 Blueprint 0

Godwin Tyonongu Abuja A clergyman has called on President Goodluck Jonathan to use the full weight of the federal government to mobilise more resources and greater effort in tackling insurgency in the country before the 2015 general elections. The general overseer of the Garden of Love and Deliverance Ministries, Prophet Sunday Balogun, who gave the advice at the weekend, said Read More

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Army moves 100 soldiers to Abuja for court martial

December 26, 2014 Blueprint 0

By Sadiq Abubakar Maiduguri Over 100 soldiers from the Division 7 of the Nigerian Army based in Maiduguri, Borno state, have been moved to Abuja for court martial over allegation of  offences including absenteeism without official approval or official leave of absence or allowances (AWOL). It was gathered that the soldiers, who have been in detention since last month, were Read More

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Jonathan warns politicians over unguarded utterances

December 26, 2014 Blueprint 0

By Abdullahi M. Gulloma Abuja President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday expressed worries over unwarranted utterances by some politicians, saying they were fanning embers of discord and hatred among the citizens. Speaking at a special Christmas service held at Mathew’s Anglican Church, Maitama, Abuja, he said: “As a politician that want to be elected, you just need to perform your responsibilities. “So, Read More

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Why I didn’t bomb Kano – Girl, 13

December 25, 2014 Blueprint 0

— Military captures suicide bomber in Gombe By Bashir Mohammed, Kano, and Jibrin Baba Ndace, Abuja One of the female suicide bombers who bombed the Kantin Kwari market in Kano recently, has confessed to her involvement in the dreaded act. The girl, 13-year-old Zahra’u Babangida, said she was driven into the Boko Haram enclave by her parents, and that she Read More

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Jonathan, Buhari, others sue for peace at Xmas

December 25, 2014 Blueprint 0

By Abdullahi M. Gulloma,  Innocent Odoh and Bode Olagoke , Abuja Prominent Nigerians, including President Goodluck Ebele jonathan, APC presidential candidate General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd), and former vice president Atiku Abubakar, in separate Christmas messages, enjoined Nigerians to live in peace and harmony for the development and interest of the country President  Jonathan assured Nigerians that the federal government would Read More

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5 professors eye ABU VC’s seat

December 25, 2014 Blueprint 0

By Moh Bello Habib Zaria As the tenure of the Vice-Chancellor of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Professor Abdullahi Mustapha, is expiring in April next year, about four professors from within the university have indicated their interest to succeed the vice-chancellor who served a five-year single term. Investigation by our correspondent revealed that the high ranking scholars seeking the top job Read More

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13 feared killed in Edo cult clash

December 25, 2014 Blueprint 0

By Patrick Ahanor Benin City A renewed cult clash between Aiye and black axe confraternity group in Edo state has, reportedly, claimed the lives of 13 persons. The victims include a 33-year-old man and a father of three, Onosaze A Igbedi, said to be killed around Upper Sokponba area of Benin City, the state capital. The cult war, which spanned Read More

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Minister tasks FCT residents on peace and love

December 25, 2014 Blueprint 0

By Ayoni M. Agbabiaka Minister of Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Senator Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed, has urged residents of the Federal Capital Territory to spread the gospel of love, tolerance and peaceful co-existence as the nation celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ (Christmas). The minister gave this charge today in an address to mark the 2014 Christmas celebration. He congratulated the Read More