Vote buying and 2023 elections

June 28, 2022 Blueprint 0

No doubt, vote buying has become a disturbing feature in Nigeria’s democracy with its attendant negative consequences. It has become a major issue in party primaries and other elections. Vote buying has heightened the monetisation of the electoral process where the highest bidder gets the trophy. There were allegations that the just concluded Ekiti state governorship election was marred by Read More

Yobe APC and the five-finger count

June 28, 2022 Blueprint 0

Whenever an election season rolls in, a wedge issue becomes readily available in the public discourse. For a good or bad reason(s), Nigerians like never before have realised the importance of getting a competent leader at the helm. It is exactly why they are willing to break the bank of record tracking to facilitate that. As morning shows the day, Read More

Edward Adamu, an accomplished banker and team player

June 27, 2022 Blueprint 0

Hard work pays and is accompanied by a trail of compliments, awards and rewards that live after a person. Musonius Rufus said, if you accomplish anything good with hard labour, the labour passes quickly but the good endures, however, if you do something shameful in pursuit of pleasure, the pleasure passes quickly but the shame endures. It’s easier to put Read More

NBA 2022 and the tasks ahead

June 27, 2022 Blueprint 0

In preparation for the 2022 Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) general elections, the Electoral Committee of the NBA (ECNBA) headed by Ayodele Akintunde, SAN, had released the NBA electoral guidelines and schedule on May 16, 2022. Ceteris paribus (all other things being equal), the general elections shall hold on July 16, 2022 as published in the electoral timetable. As the election Read More

Appeal to Bauchi gov to construct Misau roads

June 26, 2022 Blueprint 0

Your Excellency Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi state, as a concerned indigene of Misau local government area, I feel compelled to write this letter to you with the hope that it will be a reminder on a project that seems to be abandoned by your administration. I want to commend you for the unparalleled infrastructural projects, especially in the area Read More

Senator Bwacha and the sham primary

June 26, 2022 Blueprint 0

It’s no longer news that the acclaimed APC’s gubernatorial flag bearer for Taraba state in the 2023 election, Senator Emmanuel Bwacha, did not win the just concluded party primaries. The primaries which produced him as a winner was nothing but a charade and s sham. It will not stand in the court of public opinion. Bwacha who is a third Read More

The Umahi metaphor

June 23, 2022 Blueprint 0

The joy was palpable. The resplendent signs of loaded anticipation and a certainty of an assured place in the society was unmistakable, as was the tinge of pride of an uncommon sense of achievement. The young lads cannot be wrong. They were strolling into the future riding on the fulfilled dreams of an evidently uncommon mind. The scene was the Read More

The APC we knew under Buni

June 22, 2022 Blueprint 0

The All Progressives Congress (APC) we knew under the erstwhile leadership of Governor of Yobe state, Mai Mala Buni, who was the Acting National Chairman Extra Ordinary Convention Planning Committee had members who agreed on some policies and programmes for the society with a view to promoting the common good. The APC we knew under Mai Mala Buni always sought Read More

The politics of running mate

June 22, 2022 Blueprint 0

Since the conduct of national convention by political parties, the prominent issues that become the topic of discussion and caught the attention of Nigerians is how the presidential candidates would pick their running mate. In a bid to beat INEC’s June 17 deadline for the submission of running mates, the opposition PDP, after consultation and political calculations, picked Governor Ifeanyi Read More

ASUU strike and students pitiable condition

June 22, 2022 Blueprint 0

“A politician divides mankind into two classes: tools and enemies”.-Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1990). The politicians are making some of us (students) to hate our lecturers while unknowingly some of us do not know what the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, are struggling for considering their antecedents. To truly digest the scenario of the excessive strikes one may acknowledge why the Read More

BioRTC: A foundation serving humanity in Africa

June 22, 2022 Blueprint 0

The Biomedical Research and Training Centre, under the umbrella of ‘TReND in Africa’, was initiated to maintain invigorating biomedical programs for both local and international research to surmount the excess growth of diseases across Africa. It is acknowledged that African countries, particularly sub-Saharan regions, are experiencing fewer records of biomedical centers, inadequate training facilities, and unsupportive equipment to provide expertise. Read More

Senator Bwacha and the sham primary

June 22, 2022 Blueprint 0

It’s no longer news that the acclaimed APC’s gubernatorial flag bearer for Taraba state in the 2023 election, Senator Emmanuel Bwacha, did not win the just concluded party primaries. The primaries which produced him as a winner was nothing but a charade and s sham. It will not stand in the court of public opinion. Bwacha who is a third Read More

Agaje ni mu gyara: Reviving North’s norms and values

June 22, 2022 Editorial IV 0

 Back in the days, the northern societies of Nigeria had essential norms, immanent values and the level of decency was high. The people then respected one another, parents sent their children for religious education along with necessary stuffs without them succumbing to beg for survival. Moreover, leaders at all levels had spirited moral compass whereby they impacted on the lives Read More

Senator Lawan’s 7th term bid

June 21, 2022 Blueprint 0

To begin with, the seventh term bid of Senate President Ahmad Lawan for the National Assembly should and or must follow the due process of law. As the third citizen in the land and a lawmaker, he must make sure that due process is followed. Anything short of due process will make one fault his bid. As politicians, both Senator Read More

Re: Bauchi PDP: Journey to dead ends

June 20, 2022 Blueprint 0

The ghost writer of the piece which was published in the Blueprint newspaper, Aliyu Zakari, is wrong to have claimed that the governorship aspirant who lost in just concluded primaries by the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Bauchi state, Farouk Mustspha, was rejected by his people. For avoidance of doubt, he is the most beloved and trusted politician in Katagum Read More

Lawan and the last cake, Machina and auguries of success

June 20, 2022 Blueprint 0

Between a clear vision and muddled thinking, when someone points fingers at you, no matter how fierce he is, you too, point your fingers at him with sure-footedness. This is not a tug-of-war, it’s an open play. In the just concluded presidential primaries there was speculation on the fate of Senate President Ahmed lawan. After being outclassed in the presidential Read More

APC victory in Ekiti good omen for Tinubu in 2023 – APC G3

June 20, 2022 Benjamin Samson 0

The All Progressives Congress Grassroots Governance Group APC G3 has congratulated the party for its success in the Ekiti state gubernatorial elections, saying it is a good omen for the party in 2023. APC G3 in a press release on Sunday said the victory of Biodun Oyebanji in the polls is a reflection of the acceptability of the APC not Read More

How to pick Tinubu’s running mate

June 20, 2022 Blueprint 0

The world is full of contradictions, which explains why people sometimes work against their best interests. Humans are not machines and, in most part, rely on their instinctive emotions to interact with their world – mostly the fight or flight theory; the grey middle point is where rational thinking resides. The raging debate in the polity is the choice of Read More

As Speaker Gbajabiamila cries out…

June 20, 2022 Blueprint 0

To begin with, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, cried bitterly in his first address to honourable members after their resumption from both “Easter” and “Sallah” breaks which spilled over to political parties primaries ahead of 2023 general elections. The speaker blamed the “delegate system” for the loss of the return bids of many legislators in the recently Read More

2023: PVC not enough

June 20, 2022 Blueprint 0

With barely eight months to the 2023 general elections, we need to charge our batteries for electing good candidates who have the growth and development of Nigeria at heart. For the 2023 presidency, we a candidate with a kind heart; someone that can at least redress the plight of talakawa (masses), someone that can go through sleepless nights towards finding Read More

ASUU strike and students’ dilemma

June 16, 2022 Blueprint 0

“The trouble with Nigeria is simply and squarely a failure of leadership, the Nigerian problem is the unwillingness or inability of its leaders to rise to theresponsibility, to the challenge of personal example which are the hallmarks of true leadership.” -Chinua Achebe. It’s exactly four months since universities were shutdown due to the lingering strike by the Academic Staff of Read More

Letter to SDP Benue state over aggrieved members

June 16, 2022 Blueprint 0

As everyone’s attention was focused on PDP and APC presidential primaries, interesting things happened in smaller parties that demonstrated evil and capable of damaging the ideals of democracy, even though what we practice in Nigeria is still not an ideal democratic system of government. Benue State Chapter of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) under the leadership of Mr. Ameh Ebute Read More

Tinubu: The dilemma of choosing between fairness and victory

June 15, 2022 Blueprint 0

Soon after the declaration of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu as the winner of the APC presidential primary election on the 8th instant, a heated debate as to who his running mate will be ensued. This is profoundly because BAT is not only a southerner by region, he is also a Muslim by faith. Therefore, unlike a southern Christian who can Read More

Government College Azare, a nostalgia

June 15, 2022 Blueprint 0

To write about one’s home, flawless, near-perfect words are somewhat required. It has become more and more difficult to come up with original superlatives or tonal pattern for such a great environment like Kuranga. However, for thousands of people out there including myself, only home will suffice. It is a vast fortune for everyone that attended Government College, Azare (KURANGA). Read More