Halims Agoda, Salisu Maikasuwa: Where are they now?

February 19, 2021 ELEOJO IDACHABA 0

They were once public gladiators whose records of service are worth in the book of remembrance. ELEOJO IDACHABA asks where they could be at the moment. Halims Agoda Honourable Halims Agoda is a former lawmaker who represented the people of Ethiope federal constituency of Delta state in the House of Representatives thrice. The first was between 1999 and 2003 on Read More

Nigeria’ll be a failed state unless…- Abba Boss

February 19, 2021 ALIYU ASKIRA 0

Alhaji Muhammad Aliyu Adamu popularly called Abba boss by his friends and political associates was a strong member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Kwankwasiyya faction, but when he was not allowed to run for the House of Representatives, he dumped the party and joined the All Progressives Congress (APC). Abba Boss in this interview with ALIYU ASKIRA expresses fears Read More

#EndSARS protesters should give peace a chance – Bassey

February 15, 2021 Editorial IV 0

Before the foiled protest at the Lekki Toll Plaza in Lagos Saturday, Senator Gershom Bassey ( PDP Cross River South), fielded questions from journalists in Abuja where he declared that the #EndSARS protesters should give peace a chance. TAIYE ODEWALE was there . Excerpts: Distinguished, within the last few days , some youth have been threatening to occupy Lekki Toll Read More

Women tempt Catholic priests in different ways – Rev. Fr. Okea

February 12, 2021 SULEIMAN IDRIS 0

Rev. Fr. Uchechi Okea is currently making waves in the Catholic community with his inspiring liturgical songs/album released recently. He tells SULEIMAN IDRIS in this interview  that his mission is to lead worshippers back to true worship with music. Background  Rev. Father Uchechi Okea is the fourth son and fourth child of my parents, Mr. and Mrs. Augustine Okea. I Read More

Ohinoyi @ 92 is a blessing to Ebira people – Babamba

February 9, 2021 Editorial IV 0

Alhaji Ahmad Talib El-Mudasir Babamba is the chief ambassador for the Ebira people in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). In this interview, he paid glowing tributes to the Ohinoyi of Ebira land, His Royal Majesty, Alhaji (Dr.) Ado Abdulrahman Ibrahim (CON) who just clocked 92 years. BABA YUSUF was there. His Royal Majesty, the Ohinoyi of Ebira land just clocked Read More

Don’t use Covid-19 excuse to jettison Ajaokuta steel plant – Chief Osike

February 7, 2021 Editorial IV 0

Chief Ahmed Haruna Osike  is a human rights activist  and the national liaising officer, Licence Electrical  Contractors Association of Nigeria (LECAN). In this interview with OYIBO SALIHU, he frowns at the delay in reviving Ajaokuta steel Company on the excuse of Covid-19 pandemic. The revitalisation of Ajaokuta Steel Company seems to be delaying, what is your comment? The federal government Read More

A’Ibom state assembly is not working due to poor oversight – Ekefre

February 7, 2021 Editorial IV 0

–    In this interview, the honorary special adviser to Governor Emmanuel Udom on grassroots mobilisation, Elder Enefiok Ekefre, took a swipe at Akwa Ibom state House of assembly members for lack of oversight function. Just recently, the executive council directed the commissioner for works  to mobilise and ensure all the road projects are completed, but seems nothing has happened. Read More

10 questions for Muhsin Ibrahim

January 29, 2021 Blueprint 0

Muhsin Ibrahim is a lecturer and PhD candidate at the University of Cologne, Germany. He writes on Kannywood and other socio-political and religious issues with northern Nigeria in focus. AWAAL GATA poses 10 questions to the author of two booksHow did your amity with writing start? What triggered it?Writing is, often, a result of reading. I started reading novels by, Read More

Selfishness is the reason for boundary conflicts in Nigeria – Adeyemi

January 24, 2021 Editorial IV 0

The director of internal boundaries in the Office of the Surveyor-General of the Federation, Dr Adebomehin Adeyemi, says sustained boundary conflicts are caused by mischievous surveyors who selfishly ignored and blurred natural and other well-defined boundary demarcation objects and scenes. He spoke with Patrick Andrew. There have been interactive sessions across the regions on boundary issues. What is your thought on Read More

Breakdown in social contract leading to increased crimes in Nigeria – Ihua

January 22, 2021 Binta Shama 0

Executive Director Africa Polling Institute (API) Professor Bell Ihua discusses with Blueprint reasons highly skilled Nigerians out-number the unemployed in the search for greener pasture abroad, as well the citizens’ perception of the COVID-19 pandemic among others. BINTA SHAMA reports. Let me congratulate you on your recent appointment as a professor sometime last year. What does this connote?   First, I want Read More

Nine questions for Salma Yakubu

January 8, 2021 Blueprint 0

AWAAL GATA poses nine question to a debut novelist, Salma Yakubu on her life and writing How did you start writing? I was a very good storyteller right from my childhood. I could forge stories, and children of my age or older would nod in interest. When it was time for stories, I was always the first to start. When Read More

It’s time for old brigades to quit – Odeh

January 5, 2021 Editorial IV 0

Just recently, Comrade Aluh Moses Odeh, a national leader of All Middle Belt Youth Forum led a team to Port Harcourt on a working visit. In this interview with GODWIN EGBA, he takes a swipe at die-hard/sit-tight old breed political leaders, saying it’s high time they are forced into retirement so that new breed of political class can take the Read More

Insecurity in the North’ll get worse if…- Kano PDP chieftain

January 2, 2021 Blueprint 0

Alhaji Adamu Yusuf Garko is a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kano state. He is a close associate of former governor of the state, Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, and a retired Customs officer. In this interview with ALIYU ASKIRA, he speaks on Kano politics, Kwankwaso’s presidential ambition, and Nigeria’s security challenges. What is your background and how Read More

Insecurity in the North’ll get worse if…- Kano PDP chieftain

January 1, 2021 ALIYU ASKIRA, 0

Alhaji Adamu Yusuf Garko is a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kano state. He is a close associate of former governor of the state, Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, and a retired Customs officer. In this interview with ALIYU ASKIRA, he speaks on Kano politics, Kwankwaso’s presidential ambition, and Nigeria’s security challenges. What is your background and how Read More

Nigeria needs leaders with right mentality – Etim

December 23, 2020 Editorial IV 0

Elder (Barr) Raphael Etim is currently the president of United Ibom Peoples’ Movement (UIPM) also known as Ake Nnyin Initiative. He is a staunch supporter of PDP a lawyer and grassroots politician. In this interview with UKO ETIM, he bears his mind on topical issues affecting the leadership of the country, 2023 and the future of Nigerian youths. Quickly, who Read More

Politicians behind Kogi, Anambra oil well conflict – Surveyor-General

December 22, 2020 Editorial IV 0

In this interview with PATRICK ANDREW, the surveyor general of Kogi state, Abolarin Michael Biodun, says the contention over the ownership of the oil wells along the Kogi and Anambra boundary is largely due to political interference and the failure of the National Boundary Commission to adopt the right procedures to determine the boundary between both states.  How soon will Read More

North Central now poised to battle north west, east – Sani

December 20, 2020 Editorial IV 0

Engr. Yabagi Yusuf Sani, National Chairman Action Democratic Party (ADP) is also the president Unity Bridge Association, a socio-cultural organisation wielding the north central states together. In this interview with EMEKA NZE, Sani says the Middle Belt zone is politically awakened and prepared to have a shot at the number one seat of power in the country, having not held power since Read More

There’s nothing wrong summoning Buhari to NASS- Jafaru

December 13, 2020 Editorial IV 0

Honourable Jafaru Mohammed is the All Progressives Congress (APC) member representing Borgu/Agwara Federal Constituency of Niger state. In this interview with AHMID LAWAL, he speaks of his experience as a first timer in the National Assembly and sundry matters. As a first timer in the House of Reps, what’s your experience so far? I have gotten a lot of experience and Read More

Why Ganduje’s not interested in probing Kwankwaso – Salihu Yakasai

December 12, 2020 Blueprint 0

The special adviser to the Kano state governor on media and strategy, Comrade Salihu Tanko Yakasai, in this interview with ALIYU ASKIRA reveals why Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje is not interested in probing former Governor Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso as well as Ganduje’s achievements so far. Recently, some members of the Kwankwasiyya political group led by Comrade Aminu Abdulsalam Gwarzo addressed Read More

There’s an orchestrated plot to jettison zoning —Omole

December 9, 2020 Editorial IV 0

Prince Ade Adeomole, the All Progressives Congress (APC), leader in the United Kingdom, is also the chairman of the Nigeria Diaspora Voting Council. At an interview session with newsmen in Abuja, he speaks on why Nigerians will re-elect his party in 2023, dispersal voting and why APC should respect zoning. BODE OLAGOKE was there. There are so many power blocks Read More

Why sickle cell law should be strengthened – Maduagwu

December 8, 2020 Editorial IV 0

Mrs Aisha Edward-Maduagwu is the national coordinator, Association of People Living with Sickle Cell Disorder (APLSCD), a pressure group. In this interview with OKECHUKWU ONUEGBU, she reiterates the need for an enabling law to help sickle cell patients. Who are APLSCD? It is the Association of People Living Sickle Cell Disorder, the only pressure group in the forefront of total Read More

Gov’t/parties must guard against impunities – Olafemi

December 6, 2020 Editorial IV 0

Clarance Olafemi is the former speaker of Kogi state House of Assembly. In this interview with OYIBO SALIHU, this former acting governor of the state speaks extensively on the current political situation in the country. What is your opinion about the current political situation in the country? First of all, let me take this question from the background of my Read More