Many clerics preach hate, give negative prophecies, says Adesina

April 30, 2021 Blueprint 0

The special adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on media and publicity, Femi Adesina, has thumbed down clerics for preaching hate and dishing out negative prophecies. Adesina stated this in his weekly article entitled, Nigeria will fly again: We can believe Kumuyi on Friday. “Nigeria can fly again. There will be a turnaround. But that’s not what we hear from most Read More

Fury: I’ll quit if Joshua makes it past 3 rounds with me

April 30, 2021 Blueprint 0

WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury has claimed that he will quit in his corner if Anthony Joshua makes it further than three rounds with him in their all-British world heavyweight title unification showdown. A date and location for their bout is edging ever closer, with latest reports claiming that Saudi Arabia will pay a staggering £108million to host the fight. Read More

Madrid Open: Konta beats Putintseva

April 30, 2021 Blueprint 0

British number one Johanna Konta began her clay-court campaign with victory over Yulia Putintseva in the first round of the Madrid Open. Konta, seeded 15th at the event, beat Kazakhstan’s Putintseva 6-4 6-2 for just her third victory of the year. The Briton missed Great Britain’s Billie Jean King Cup play-off tie against Mexico this month to prepare for the Read More

FIBA, NBBF launch mentorship programme for retired professionals

April 30, 2021 Blueprint 0

The Federation of International Basketball Associations (FIBA) is to organize a three-step mentorship program for individuals across Nigeria. The webinar training which in conjunction with the NBBF will be held via Zoom platform and is targeted at supporting all young elite players to attain their highest level on the court and increase the education among professional basketball players while supporting Read More

Confederation Cup: Iwuala relishes Enyimba win against Orlando Pirates

April 30, 2021 Blueprint 0

Enyimba winger Anayo Iwuala has celebrated the side’s hard-fought win against Orlando Pirates in the CAF Confederation Cup. The Peoples Elephant progressed into the quarter-final stage of the competition after a 1-0 win against the Bucaneers at the Enyimba Stadium on Wednesday night. Cyril Olisema scored a last-gasp winner to settle the keenly contested encounter and eased the pressure on Read More

Impeachment: We ‘ll expose you to Vatican, Nabena warns Mbaka

April 30, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the party, Yekini Nabena, has cautioned the spiritual director of Adoration Ministry, Rev Fr. Ejike Mbaka, against making statements that could cause instability in the country. The APC chieftain, however, threatened to expose Father Mbaka to the headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church and the Pope Read More

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Women lobby group condemns attacks on South-east

April 30, 2021 Ene Oshaba 0

South-east zone of the 100 Women Lobby group has condemned the spate of attacks and killings in the south-east states. Its Zonal coordinator Mrs. Irene Ugbah, in a statement made available to Journalists Thursday in Abuja, said that the destruction of lives and properties especially in the current harsh economy does not portend well for Ndi Igbo and Nigeria at Read More

NAF strategising to meet changing security environment – Amao

April 30, 2021 Benjamin Samson 0

The Nlgerian Airforce says it is strategizing to deal with current and emerging security challenges facing the nation. According to a statement by NAF spokesperson, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet on Thursday, the Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Oladayo Amao, stated this in Abuja at a three-day retreat for operational unit commanders with the theme ‘Harnessing NAF Airpower Capabilities Read More

Sports Ministry, AFN move to secure Olympic Relay qualifications for Nigeria

April 30, 2021 Editor 0

Following the refusal of the Polish Embassy in Nigeria to issue entry visa to Nigeria’s contingent to the World Relays starting on Saturday in Silesia, Poland, the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development and the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) have moved to ensure Nigeria qualifies for the five relay events at the Tokyo Olympics. This was disclosed by Read More

Unacceptable infant mortality rate

April 30, 2021 Blueprint 0

The ranking of Nigeria as 11th country with the highest number of newborn deaths in the world ought to give government at all levels and healthcare givers a serious cause for concern. The United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) released the damning statistics in Lagos not quite long ago. According to the report, eight of the 10 most dangerous Read More

LASG hands over amputee sachet water hawker to kinsmen

April 30, 2021 Temitope Musowo 0

The Lagos state government has handed over Mary Daniel, the amputee sachet water hawker, to the leader of the Igala (Kogi state) community in Lagos state. The special adviser, Office of Civic Engagement, Princess Aderemi Adebowale, while handing over Mary to her kinsmen stated that the state government will continue to protect all residents in the state, especially the vulnerable. Read More

Amotekun, OPC arrest 11 suspected bandits in Oyo

April 30, 2021 Bayo Agboola 0

Operatives of Oyo state Amotekun Corps in collaborating with Oodua People Congress (OPC) and Vigilante Group of Nigeria (VGN) Thursday arrested five more suspected bandits in Saki east area of Oyo state. With the arrest of the five more bandits, the number of suspected bandits arrested by Amotekun and other groups is now 11 (with the 6 arrested at Kajola Read More

EFCC arrests 33 suspected Yahoo boys in Abeokuta

April 30, 2021 Bayo Agboola 0

Operatives of the Ibadan zonal office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested 33 suspected internet fraudsters otherwise known as ‘Yahoo-Yahoo Boys’ in Abeokuta, Ogun state. EFCC said the suspects were apprehended at Adigbe, Oloke, Ibara Housing Estate Extension and Idi Ori areas of Abeokuta following actionable intelligence earlier received on their alleged criminal activities. In a Read More

Kwagh-hir inscription by UNESCO a landmark achievement – NICO

April 30, 2021 Blueprint 0

The National Institute of Cultural Orientation (NICO) Thursday presented to the Benue state government Certificate of Inscription of Kwagh-hir theatre on the UNESCO Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) of humanity. NICO is a parastatal of Federal Ministry of Information and Culture with the primary mandate of promoting positive cultural values and harnessing culture for national development. Presenting the Read More

Akpobio: Rising insecurity plot to derail Buhari administration

April 30, 2021 Editorial IV 0

                 Minister of Niger Delta Affairs Godswill Akpabio has attributed the current state of insecurity across Nigeria to part of alleged plots to derail the Muhammadu Buhari-led administration.   But the minister assured that the government cannot be derailed. He spoke to journalists Thursday at the National Secretariat of the All Progressives Congress (APC) during a surprise visit to the national secretary Read More

Student pastor kidnapped in Jos community

The Plateau state Police Command Thursday confirmed the abduction of a student pastor of King’s School, Gana Ropp in Barkin Ladi local government area of the state. The command spokesman, ASP Ubah Ogaba, made the confirmation in a statement sent to Blueprint. He said: “The Command received a report of abduction of a student pastor from King’s School, Gana Ropp in Barkin Ladi LGA.” He said tactical operatives Read More

Zaura, former Kano gov. aspirant defects to APC

April 30, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

A former Kano state governorship aspirant, Alhaji Abdulsalam Zaura popularly known as A. A. Zaura, has defected from the Green Party of Nigeria (GPN) to the All Progressives Congress (APC). The defection of Zaura, founder of A. A. Zaura Foundation, according to a statement issued   in Abuja by Zaura’s media aide, Mr Al-Amin Ciroma,  followed consultations with stakeholders, He said  the defection Read More

Benue killings: Ortom only sees problems of others – Presidency

April 30, 2021 Abdullahi M. Gulloma 0

The Presidency Thursday expressed concerns over the utterances of  Benue state Governor Samuel Ortom state in respect of President Muhammadu Buhari and the federal government. A statement issued by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity Mr Garba Shehu saidonly sees the problems of others and not his own. The statement reads: “The President expresses his condolences Read More

Nasarawa: Gov. Sule flags off 1,020 metric tons of fertilizers for 2021 farming season

April 30, 2021 Mohammed Yangida 0

Governor Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa state, Thursday, flagged off 1,020 metric tons of fertilizers for 2021 farming season. Speaking at the event at Andaha in Akwanga local government area of the state, Sule disclosed that his administration is flagging-off the sales of a total of 1,020 metric tons which is 20,400 thousand bags of fertilizer, 1,950 sprayers, five tons of improved seeds Read More

Updated: CBN sacks First bank directors, reinstates Adeduntan

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Thursday sacked the board of First Bank and its subsidiary, First Bank Holdings over the removal of the Managing Director/Chief Executive of the bank, Dr. Adesola Adeduntan. According to the apex bank, the boards’ action has negative implications for the country’s financial market.  For First Bank, the Chairman is Tunde Hassan-Odukale,  Managing Director is Sola Read More

Why we gave Lagos roads’ regeneration to Berger – Sanwo-Olu

April 29, 2021 Agi Onda 0

Lagos state Governor Babajide Sanwoolu has explained why his administration awarded three key roads on Lagos Island local government area to Julius Berger Nigeria Plc, saying the company knows the terrain, do quality jobs and deliver on schedule. A press statement by Berger’s Head of Media, Prince Moses Duku, Thursday, said Governor Sanwo-Olu, Oba of Lagos HRM Rilwan Akiolu and Read More