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Opposition: Hard road to travel?

June 9, 2018 Blueprint 0

As the 2019 elections draw nearer, government seems to have put opposition parties and their supporters on trial. ELEOJO IDACHABA examines some of the indicators and how it portends danger for the nation’s fledgling democracy. In the wake of every election in this country, since the advent of democratic rule in 1999, it has been shown that the opposition has Read More

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$16bn power projects: Obasanjo ghosted by letters?

June 9, 2018 Blueprint 0

The on-going tirade between former President Olusegun Obasanjo and President Muhammadu Buhari looks like a reincarnation of how the former treated the former President Goodluck Jonathan. However, in President Buhari’s case, Obasanjo’s antics seem to be counter-productive, writes TOPE SUNDAY. At the moment, all seems not to be well with former President Olusegun Obasanjo as he fights to redeem his Read More

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Are worship places, priests herders’ new onslaught?

June 6, 2018 Editorial IV 0

Is the invasion of a seminary and consequent attack on priests by killer-herders in Jalingo, Taraba state, a confirmation of new dimension of onslaught and killing field of the killers? STEPHEN OSU asks in this write up, in the light of the attack on Sacred Heart Minor Seminary, Jalingo, Taraba state, penultimate Monday Herders storm seminary For the period that Read More

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As Benue assembly passed law prohibiting same-sex-marriage…

June 5, 2018 Editorial IV 0

DANIEL AGBO examines issues in the same-sex-marriage prohibition law, passed by the Benue state House of Assembly, last week, being the first state to localise the law prohibiting same sex marriage, that was signed by President Goodluck Jonathan, on January 7, 2015 Benue State House of Assembly last week, again, took the bull by the horns and passed a bill Read More

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Why Ebola keeps coming back

June 4, 2018 Editorial IV 0

The Ebola virus has reared its head again, this time in the Democratic Republic of Congo. While it is impossible to predict exactly where and when the next outbreak will occur, we now know much more about how to prevent a crisis. The news of an Ebola outbreak in the town of Bikoro in northwest DR Congo instantly brings to Read More

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How IPOB’s sit-at-home order failed

June 4, 2018 Editorial IV 0

Last week, the leadership of IPOB and MASSOB declared May 30, 2018, as Biafra Day, to commemorate the declaration of Biafra in 1967. The Biafra agitators declared a sit-at-home to drive home the quest for actualization of their struggle. CHUKS NWEZE reviews their agitations A reality waiting to happen It is a certainty now that no amount of intimidation, coercion, Read More

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Kwara: Communities where pregnant women prefer herbalists, traditional birth attendants

June 1, 2018 Editorial IV 0

PremiumTimes investigation reports that in most communities in Kwara state, pregnant women abandon health centres in preference for herbalists and traditional birth attendants Kehinde Adebayo speaks boastfully of his traditional medical practice. His pride is rooted in the curious fact that Egosi and Odo-owa families seeking care for their pregnant women prefer him to the community health centres. “Most times Read More

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Ebonyi: Row over mining sites, mineral deposits

May 30, 2018 Editorial IV 0

EGWUAGHA AMARACHUKWU reports the attendant row over mining sites in Ebonyi state, after the arrest of seven miners last week, and also takes a look at the common saying that mineral deposits in Ebonyi is a curse rather than blessing Mineral deposit a blessing or curse Mineral deposit can either be a blessing or a curse to communities it is Read More

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Peace Corps: The drama of a failed Bill

May 29, 2018 Editorial IV 0

The Nigeria Peace Corps had, over the years, been in existence with no much attention given to it until attempts at making it one of the nation’s security outfits, through an Act of the National Assembly. JOSHUA EGBODO writes. Peace Corps’ near success story Repeated efforts at doing so also did not gain the needed breakthroughs, until the current assembly Read More

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Akwa Ibom: Learning in tears as public schools suffer massive decay

May 28, 2018 Editorial IV 0

CLETUS UKPONG of Premium Times in this special report, writes that comminuties in oil-rich Akwa Ibom state have been abandoned in shocking poverty Pathetic sight It has just finished raining and it is cold this Tuesday morning in July 2017. This reporter is visiting the Annang Peoples Primary School, Ikot Iyire, Abak, in oil-rich Akwa Ibom state. Three pupils between Read More

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How Offa robbery scare thwarted resumption of banks

May 28, 2018 Editorial IV 0

UMAR BAYO ABDULWAHAB writes on customers’ concerns over the continued closure of commercial banks in Offa, Kwara state, and the emerging security threats following the April 5 armed robbery attacks on the town Paralyses of economic activities The continued closure of commercial banks in Offa, Kwara state after the recent armed robbery attack on the town, is taking its toll Read More

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Killer-herders and Catholics’ day of fury

May 26, 2018 Blueprint 0

The killing of two priests and 17 other worshippers at a Catholic Church in Ayar-Mbalom Village of Gwer East Local Government Area of Benue state last month by suspected herdsman sparked outrage across the country. The Catholic church on Tuesday staged a nation-wide peaceful protest as the herders’ victims were being buried calling for a stop to the bloodshed. In Read More

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Danjuma vs Army: The war of words rages

May 26, 2018 Blueprint 0

The report of the committee that was set up by the Nigeria Army to investigate allegation by former Chief of Army Staff, General T. Y Danjuma (retd) that it was colluding with armed bandits in Taraba state, may have exonerated the Army. However, rather than rest the matter, the war of words still rages. ELEOJO IDACHABA reports The allegation was Read More

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Kano: Unending war against codeine abuse

May 23, 2018 Editorial IV 0

Examining the effect of the recent ban on codeine substance by the federal government, BASHIR MOHAMMED posits that in Kano state, known as a hotbed of illicit drugs trade, it is war without end, with the addicts, dealers and barons fighting back. Codeine conjures emotional frenzy Mentioning the substance Codeine in Kano, makes one to react with trepidation and high Read More

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Okorocha: Intrigues heighten tension, concerns in Imo

May 17, 2018 Editorial IV 0

CHIDIEBERE IWUOHA, in assessing the inferno that razed the Imo APC secretariat, last Friday and succession conspiracy in Imo state, involving the outgoing Governor Rochas Okorocha, posits that the ruling APC’s structure is not only in disarray, but that tension and concerns have been heightened. Things fall apart in Imo APC In Imo state, the All Progressives Congress (APC) is Read More

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Not yet Uhuru for Ohanaeze Ndigbo youth leadership palaver

May 14, 2018 Editorial IV 0

Recently, the leadership of both Youth and Women wings of the Ohanaeze Ndigbo were inaugurated in Enugu state, by the President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief John Nwodo and members of the Imeobi, with the aim of stemming the crisis rocking the groupBut the crisis still lingers, with threats and verbal missiles becoming the order of the day within the group, Read More

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Isiyaku Rabiu: Passage of an icon

May 14, 2018 Editorial IV 0

BASHIR MOHAMMED takes a careful look at the life and times of a Kano-based business mogul, Shiekh Isiyaku Rabiu, who transited the earth fortnight ago, in a London hospital, after a brief illness Life worth living Anyone conversant with the life and times of the renowned Kano based business mogul, Shiekh Isiyaku Rabiu, would come to grip with the fact Read More

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Overcoming the challenges of maternal, infant mortality in Yobe

May 10, 2018 Editorial IV 0

Using maternal, new-born child health interventions to save lives, especially for the returning IDPs in Yobe state, MUSA M. BUBA, who attended a workshop recently, reports that the state government had to evolve the strategy to stop maternal and child deaths, either as a result of ignorance or neglect by past governments Overview Nigeria despite its wealth, has the highest Read More

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Tor Tiv: One year on the throne

May 7, 2018 Editorial IV 0

On Saturday, May 5, the people of Tiv kingdom in Benue state, rolled out the drums to celebrate one year anniversary of His Royal Majesty, Tor Tiv V, Professor James Iorzua Ayatse, as paramount ruler of the Tiv nation. DANIEL AGBO reports Ayatse’s coronation Tor Tiv V, Professor James Ortese Iorzua Ayatse, was sworn in on Saturday, March 5, 2017. Read More

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Nigerians debate giving 10% of their income to church

May 7, 2018 Editorial IV 0

Many Nigerian Christians believe it is compulsory to give 10% of their income to the church. But, Yemisi Adegoke writes, others say this practice, known as tithing, means poor people are funding the extravagant lifestyles of some of Nigeria’s richest people – charismatic preachers. “Anyone who is not paying his tithe is not going to heaven, full stop,” Pastor Enoch Read More

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Kaduna LG poll: Dead on arrival

May 5, 2018 Blueprint 0

Despite objections raised by the two major political parties, the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Kaduna State Independent Electoral Commission (KADSIECOM) is still bent on conducting the local government election on May 12. However, sections of the Electoral Act may force the commission to have a rethink as ABDULRAHEEM AOUDU reports After going back Read More

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Killings: Any light at the end of the tunnel?

May 5, 2018 Blueprint 0

Just as the killing of Buharin Daji, the Mafioso-in-chief of Zamfara state armed banditry has not stemmed the killings in Anka and Zurmi local governments, or have the arrests of some Boko Haram leaders stopped the insurgents’ attacks in Borno and Yobe states, the nabbing of Mr Aliyu Teshaku, head of Benue Livestock Guards, on suspicion of his involvement in Read More

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Ranching: The devil is in the details

May 5, 2018 Blueprint 0

National Economic Council (NEC) recently adopted ranching in four states as panacea for incessant herders/farmers clashes, however, there are indications that the report is short on specifics as ABDULRAHMAN ZAKARI’YAU highlights in this report From grazing reserves to cattle colonies as well as ranching, all panaceas being canvassed to end the farmers/herders’ conflicts with their attendant fatalities. First, Governor Samuel Read More

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As Enugu communities reject their monarchs…

May 1, 2018 Editorial IV 0

Recently, Enugu state experienced a plethora of protests by communities against their traditional rulers. CHUKS NWEZE recalls Igbo cherishes independence There is a saying among Ndigbo that: Igbo do not have kings. In other words, Ndigbo do not recognise kings – Igbo enwe eze. What this simply means is that whether one is a king or not what the Igbo Read More