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Fayose’s trivial war

February 26, 2015 Blueprint 0

I’ve been meaning to ask this question for some time. Is Ayo Fayose elected as governor of Ekiti state or has he taken over the role of Dr Doyin Okupe as President Goodluck Jonathan’s tabloid? As an Ekiti man, I’m miffed by the recent activities of the governor since he took over at Government House and I’m at a loss Read More

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Shehu Sani: The parachute for incoming Senate

February 26, 2015 Blueprint 0

The upshot for change and apprehension that synthetically charge the political conservatism and neglect of Nigerians’ social demands or issues have indeed positioned Comrade Shehu Sani as a man whose experience is needed in the Senate at this critical time of Nigerian history. History beckons that the man for the people which out- class the man of the people has Read More

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No, Buhari can’t take Kogi just yet

February 19, 2015 Blueprint 0

A lot has been written in recent times by those whose knowledge of politics of Kogi state is far from in-depth, and even suggesting that the state would fall to the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) in the forthcoming elections. They posited specifically that the ‘Buhari-whirlwind’ will sweep through all the axis of the state including the conservative east, which Read More

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Nigerian democracy on trial

February 17, 2015 Blueprint 0

The postponement of the general election by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has sent shivers to Nigerians. Although, the electoral umpire’s action was received with mixed reactions, many Nigerians saw the delay coming. For instance, the desperation of the ruling PDP to remain in power, using all available avenues, was obvious. Meantime, former chairman of PDP Vincent Ogbulafor once Read More

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EFCC: Who’s afraid of Prince Audu?

February 13, 2015 Blueprint 0

Prince Abubakar Audu, former governor of Kogi state, could be rightly described as one of the eminent Nigerians that midwived the birth of the third republic. After the long years of military rule, Prince Audu worked with other Nigerians to nurture our nascent democracy. Many committed and forward looking politicians formed political parties. One of such parties was the All Read More

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Buhari: Between facts and fallacies

February 12, 2015 Blueprint 0

This is the season of desperation, lies, fallacies and monumental propaganda for the ruling PDP. In its frantic bid to stalk the current popularity and widespread acceptability of the presidential candidate of the APC, General Muhammadu Buhari, the ruling party is frenetically embarking on a disparaging smear campaign on his personality. The PDP, which initially proclaimed sticking to an issue-based Read More

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The political campaigns we deserve

January 16, 2015 Blueprint 0

Of recent, our opinion, religious and respected former leaders now top the chart of the newly recruited spokespersons or rather attack dogs of political parties and politicians seeking elective positions. Our religious, past and present political leaders who are supposed “role models,” must guide their utterances on burning national issues with moderation and decorum. They are weighty and as such Read More

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Dissecting Fr Mbaka’s novel tirade against Jonathan

January 13, 2015 Blueprint 0

For the avoidance of doubt, it must be emphasized that it is neither the intention here to hold brief for President Goodluck Jonathan nor to attack Rev. Father Ejike Mbaka for airing his view on national issues. Instead, the clear intention here is to dissect the salient issues arising from what is now commonly referred to as Rev. Father Mbaka’s Read More

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On our next president

January 13, 2015 Blueprint 0

Nigeria is gearing and getting ready for an important 2015 election in FebruaryContrary to the proposition forwarded and propounded by naysayers Nigeria must continue to exist as a united country beyond their 2015 prediction of disillusion and meltdown.  That is where the question of leadership comes in. Nigeria needs an intelligent, prudent, reliable, patriot, peaceful and unity conscious leader. President Read More

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The risk in PDP’s desperation

January 9, 2015 Blueprint 0

If what is going on now in the political landscape is anything to go by, Nigerians should gird their loins for the danger ahead as Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, leaders get desperate over next month’s Presidential election. There is total disquiet and confusion in the house of PDP as events of 2015 draw near, and the centre can no longer Read More

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Taking insurgency too far

December 2, 2014 Blueprint 0

It is really heart-breaking of how insurgency in this country is taken too far. In less than a week, the Nigerian soil is tinted with innocent human blood and it is becoming clearer, that no one is safe especially in the northern part of this country-what a sad situation indeed! The situation is getting worse by the day, taking into Read More

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Effects of exam fraud

December 2, 2014 Blueprint 0

In the world today, competition abounds in various social places. Out of these competitions, the most intense exists in schools; students compete for popularity, class, spots on sport teams, and most of all academic grades, which has been a major source of anxiety among youths; students in colleges and universities. This is because, grade motivates mental attitude for future study. Read More

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Osun teachers’ strike

December 2, 2014 Blueprint 1

After being declared winner of the August 9 governorship poll in Osun State, Mr Rauf Aregbesola was alleged to have told teachers that he knew they did not vote for him and that even some of them acted as agents for a major opposition party. The governor however promised not to punish them. But the three-day warning strike by teachers Read More

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Police, Tambuwal and the rest of us

November 27, 2014 Blueprint 0

The Nigeria Police have taken a lot of flak for their humiliation of House of Representatives Speaker Aminu Waziri Tambuwal. The spread of angst was caused by the real time transmission of that violation, with all the horrendous details. Absent the transparency, the particulars of that vandalism would have suffered the doomed fate of controversy. That incident would have been Read More

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INEC’s shortcomings on PVC distribution

November 27, 2014 Blueprint 0

The Committee for the Protection of Peoples Mandate (CPPM) based on field observation and reports monitored via the media with regards to distribution of voter cards in Lagos and Ogun states, has come to the inescapable conclusion before the conclusion of the exercise, that the distribution was a big flop, embarrassing, scandalous, a rape on democracy and it is unacceptable. Read More

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25 years of children’s rights in Nigeria

November 25, 2014 Blueprint 0

Twenty-five years ago, the world made a commitment to all its children: that we would do everything in our power to promote and protect their rights. The world agreed and the Convention on the Rights of the Child was born. It offered and still offers a vision of the world where all children survive and develop to their full potential Read More

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On Lamido’ Sanusi’s passport

November 20, 2014 Blueprint 0

The recent announcement that the federal authorities have ordered that the passport of the former CBN governor be returned to him is an affirmation that all is not well with our type of democracy.  Otherwise, it is not possible for the president to have the unconstitutional audacity and abuse of power to ignore a court ruling and violate the fundamental Read More

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Urgent need to rebuild

November 20, 2014 Blueprint 0

I was going on the road recently when some ‘boys’ repairing a fictitious pot-hole stopped the guy carrying me. They requested money from the innocent guy and when he couldn’t give them, I gave them N100. When they collected the money, they started hailing me. One of them even prostrated, and they continued like that till I left. I felt Read More

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Re: Tambuwal’s defection

November 20, 2014 Blueprint 0

Nigerians’ perception of strength speaks volumes of our collective psychology. Owing largely to our indulgence in impunity, the most bizarre, most nauseating act is taken as a feat worth celebrating. I never imagined how mainstream this skewed perception of reality is in Nigeria until I read Mohammed Haruna’s piece on Tambuwal’s defection to APC. Had it come from any of Read More

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Time for Transitional National Government?

November 18, 2014 Blueprint 0

Without prejudice to the contributions of President Goodluck Jonathan administration to the nation’s development especially in key sectors like agriculture, power, aviation, water resources and transportation, there is the urgent need for inauguration of a Transitional National Government to stabilize the ship of the nation that has been facing high turbulence of security challenges and social unrests especially in the Read More

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Timely declaration

November 14, 2014 Blueprint 0

October 28, 2014 was a turning point in Nigeria’s democratic evolution. It was the day that marked the euphoric declaration of Kwankwaso’s presidential interest and the day that suggests a final end of PDP tunnel as further manifested by Hon. Tambuwal’s strategic defection to the ranks of progressives. Hundreds of thousands compatriots gathered on that day at old parade ground Read More

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An open letter to the President

November 13, 2014 Blueprint 0

Since the inception of the immediate past Inspector General of Police, MD Abubakar, there has been lopsided and biased promotion based on nepotism, favoritism and god-fatherism. It was during the then chairman of Police Service Commission, DIG Parry B. Osayande (rtd), that officers were promoted not based on merit but on bribery. The current IG was also a beneficiary of Read More

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Tambuwal’s defection and its ripples

November 12, 2014 Blueprint 0

The defection of the speaker of the lower chamber of Nigeria’s parliament did not come as a surprise. It was an event that was long foreseen and foretold; the question revolves on not whether he will defect but on when it will happen. It is no longer a conjecture but now a settled case: Speaker Tambuwal is now a member Read More

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Nigeria’s next presidential election

November 12, 2014 Blueprint 0

Can Nigeria get it right in the next presidential election? Good political leadership translates to development in any country. And, politics is a component of democracy through which our leaders emerge. Periodic election is central to the sustenance of democratic governance and culture in any country. It offers the hoi polloi and other people in a country the opportunity to Read More

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Lamido and burden of development in Jigawa

November 5, 2014 Blueprint 0

It is not in doubt that Jigawa State was synonymous with backwardness and underdevelopment. This was the case when Governor Sule Lamido took over the mantle of leadership in the state. Guided by the zeal to reposition the state, the governor introduced innovations and blueprint. Unarguably, these innovations have turned the fortunes of the state around in the last seven Read More