El-Zakzaky, Police/Shi’a clashes: A word of caution, by r Hassan Gimba

September 24, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

This piece was first published on the 30th of April, this year. However, considering recent happenings, there is need for it to be republished. For Sheikh Ibrahim Yakub elZakzaky, a foremost Nigerian Shi’a scholar and leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), and his wife, Malama Zeenatuddeen, today makes it 869 days since they were clamped in detention following Read More

Politics of vote buying, vote selling, by Clement oluwole

September 23, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

I have a childhood attachment to the present-day Osun state. When I finished my primary education at the Baptist Day School, Bode Ijaiye, Abeokuta, in the early 60s, Iragbiji in Osun state caught my fancy. So, I settled for a post-primary institution also run by the Baptist Mission in the community. My choice was informed by the fecund hunting environment Read More

Prospect of an Atiku presidency

September 21, 2018 Majeed Dahiru 0

In order to survive in a fiercely competitive contemporary world, the existence of a modern nation state must be more economic than political. Modern nation states can be likened to business entities that are competing for global resources, with each trying to secure for itself an advantageous share of revenue from world trade, by sharpening its comparative competitive edge. Modern Read More

Minister’s resignation: Plus and minus for feminists by Victoria Ngozi Ikeano

September 20, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

One can say without any fear of contradiction that things have not happened with such speed in life of this administration as they did in just one weekend. Over the weekend, former finance minister, ‘Kemi Adeosun suddenly resigned from her position, her resignation was immediately accepted by President Muhammadu Buhari, a replacement announced pronto, the new finance minister promptly assumed Read More

Fuel and electricity subsidy apparitions, by Jerry Uwah

September 18, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

Last week, Stephen Haykin, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) country director for Nigeria reignited the thorny issue of fuel subsidy at a function in Abuja. Haykin argued that Nigeria’s scarce resources that could be used to improve education and healthcare were wasted on fuel and electricity subsidies. Nigeria operates the cheapest petrol pump price in West Africa. Read More

Buhari and the moral burden of leadership

September 14, 2018 Dan Agbese 0

It is difficult to live in our country without being confused. Things are getting messier when they should be getting clearer. President Muhammadu Buhari captured our imagination in 2015 as a man totally intolerant of corruption or at least practices that give the country a bad name at home and abroad. So, we flocked to him and we gave him Read More

Atiku’s vague restructuring and Osinbajo’s good governance

September 13, 2018 Majeed Dahiru 0

The clamour for restructuring has become heightened today in Nigeria in a manner comparable to the ‘’on Aburi we stand’’ clamour by Nigerians of south east origin following the unfortunate incidences of January coup, July counter coup and mass killings of civilians in northern Nigeria. To pull the Nigerian nation from the brinks of collapse, the government of Ghana under Read More

Whither beauty shows and queens?

September 13, 2018 Victoria Ngozi Ikeano 0

Beauty contests or pageants are now in vogue. They are springing up like mushrooms hither and thither such that almost every state now has a crowned beauty queen, like Miss Ondo, Miss Anambra, Miss Rivers, Miss Kaduna, etc. In addition, we now have crowned beauty queens for specific events and sectors, such as Miss Calabar Festival, Miss Tourism, Miss Campus, Read More

MTN as a corporate outlaw, by Jerry Uwah

September 12, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

MTN Nigeria Communications Limited, the South African outfit that controls close to 50 per cent of Nigeria’s telecommunication industry is something of a corporate outlaw. The company has no iota of respect for Nigeria and its laws. Sometime in 2017 when it became obvious that kidnappers, armed robbers and even terrorists were using unregistered telephone lines to coordinate heinous crimes, Read More

‘In defence of history

September 7, 2018 Edwin Madunagu 0

I cannot now remember exactly how I first encountered this phrase: In defence of history. But I think it was during my days on the Editorial Board of The Guardian newspaper, between mid-1980s and mid-1990s. The specific source must have been Odia Ofeimun, a friend and colleague that I had met and engaged about seven years before I landed in Read More

Why I welcome APC’sdirect primaries, by Dan Agbese

September 7, 2018 Blueprint Admin4 0

I was intrigued to see that Adams Oshiomhole, national chairman of APC, committed himself to direct primaries of his party for the 2019 general elections. He pushed it through the eye of the needle in his party. His combativeness has a rhyme to it, I tell you. Both the national working committee and the national executive committee of the party Read More

National interest and the rule of law, Dan Agbese

August 31, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

“Our apex court has had cause to adopt a position on this issue in this regard and it is now a matter of judicial recognition that where national security and public interest are threatened or there is a likelihood of their being threatened the individual rights of those allegedly responsible must take second place in favour of the greater good Read More

Between dictatorship and democracy, by Majeed Dahiru

August 30, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

A combination of ethno-regional populism driven by religious fundamentalism in northern Nigeria, an entrenched dogma of party supremacy in the ruling APC and a mob of supporters whose partisan loyalty has been elevated above patriotism to the Nigerian state, may be paving the way for the transformation of Muhammadu Buhari into a democratically elected dictator. The image of Adolph Hitler, Read More

NNPC’s wasteful petroleum tracking project, by Jerry Uwah

August 28, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

The federal government recently approved the sum of N17 billion for the setting up of an electronic device for tracking trucks hauling refined petroleum products to different parts of the federation. The decision to sink such a colossal sum into the monitoring of refined petroleum products supplies emanates from the raging controversy over the quantity of petrol consumed in the Read More

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Towards deepening our democratic culture, by Hassan Gimba

August 27, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

Presidential democracy, the type we accept to practise through a constitutional conference made up of elected and selected representatives, is a tripodal system made up of the Executive, Legislature and Judiciary. Each has its responsibilities as enshrined in the constitution and the system cannot be at its optimum best if one part looks at the others with disdain and deliberately Read More

A salute to Amuneke

August 25, 2018 Blueprint 0

Another ‘94 World Cup debutant and Atlanta ’96 Olympic gold medalist, Emmanuel Amuneke, has also proved that Nigerian football is admired on the African Continent by his recent appointment as the national Chief Coach of the Taifa Stars of Tanzania. Amuneke thus joined the list of successful ex-internationals to bag coaching jobs across Africa. However, it was one of the Read More

Let’s go trekking, uh la la la, by Clement oluwole

August 25, 2018 Clement oluwole 0

On May 15, 2015, I did a piece in this column entitled “A season of political trekking”. The article was informed by the emergence of those rejoicing over Buhari’s stunning triumph in the presidential election on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC). Their rejoicing had found expression in trekking. It was Katsina-born Suleiman Hashimu that blazed the trail Read More

Dogara: The last man standing, by Tahir Ibrahim Tahir

August 23, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

The whole defection saga remains a burning issue in our political climate and there are still a number of unresolved issues as per the legitimacy or not, of the defections; and what their cumulative effect will be in the matter of who remains or becomes the Senate president and whether or not the House of Representatives will also witness a Read More

The rising tide of ethno-regional populism in Northern Nigeria, by Majeed Dahiru

August 16, 2018 Majeed Dahiru 0

The entry of President Muhammadu Buhari into partisan politics in 2003 birthed a new political culture in northern Nigeria. Riding on a wave of intense ethno-geographic and religious sentiments, Buhari would emerge as a sectional hero in northern Nigeria when he championed its conservative elements’ clamour for a return to power barely four years after the military authorities brokered a Read More

Hailers and Wailers: Who are more patriotic? By Hassan Gimba

August 14, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

This article was first published on the 18th of December, 2017. Politics is now in the air and threatening more polarisation of the Nigerian people. I find this write-up very relevant and perhaps may make contending parties view Nigeria first over party affiliations andkinship. Hailer and wailer are new terms in our political lexicon. Just as ‘men and women of Read More