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Oscar for Pistorius

October 29, 2014 Blueprint 0

In the early hours of February 14, famous South Africa blade runner and paralympian, Oscar Pistorius, shot and killed his model girl friend, Reeva Steenkamp, at his Pretoria home in South Africa. Oscar’s trial for the murder of Reeva began on March 3, with Judge Thokozile Masipa presiding. On September 12, the presiding judge exonerated him of murder but found Read More

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What went wrong with our democracy?

October 29, 2014 Blueprint 0

Honestly, what went wrong with our democratic process was the annulment of June 12, 1993 presidential elections; adjudged as the freest and fairest election in the history of Nigeria. That annulment was the most cruel act of injustice to the electoral victory of majority of Nigerian electorate who voted Chief MKO Abiola (a Muslim) as Nigeria’s President and Alhaji  Babagana Read More

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Before Ebola returns

October 28, 2014 Blueprint 0

Now that Ebola has spread to advanced countries like the United States of America and Spain and despite the good news that Nigeria is now Ebola free and the praise accorded her by the international community for her quick response to the virus, what lessons can be learnt from the ordeal? What did we do wrong? And how vigilant should Read More

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Tribute to Ali Mazrui

October 28, 2014 Blueprint 0

The demise of one of Africa’s most respected historian and world acclaimed academic Prof. Ali Mazrui has sent shock waves to the entire world. The world would never forget in a hurry his television programme of the late 90s called the Triple Heritage, that enlightened many Africans, whose culture and value was projected by that programme and show cased to Read More

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PDP and BBOG campaigners

October 24, 2014 Blueprint 0

Recently, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) tried to make political gain out of a statement credited to Chief Audu Ogbeh that some members of the Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG) campaigners are members of All Progressives Congress (APC). Further, the PDP claimed that the presence of Hadiza Bala Usman one of the coordinators of BBOG campaigners at the presidential election Read More

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Can Buhari change Nigeria?

October 24, 2014 Blueprint 0

One of the presidential aspirants under APC is the General of the Masses, Muhammadu Buhari also known as GMB. But my worry is this; can the near-saint man (as being projected) change Nigeria? Unlike some of his followers who are wont to say yes he can, I will beg to differ and say that he can best put in place Read More

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Obama’s Ebola strategy

October 24, 2014 Blueprint 0

He may have been a disappointment to people (myself included) who expected so much from him in the past almost 8 years, but the way Mr Barack Obama has handled the recent Ebola crisis in the U.S. has redeemed the little remaining faith I had in him. I’m impressed by the way he did not succumb to the tremendous pressures, Read More

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As Buhari gets set to run for President again

October 23, 2014 Blueprint 0

October 15 2014 marked yet another milestone on the political Journey of former Head of State General Muhammadu Buhari when he declared to contest stand as a presidential candidate in the 2015 general elections. Nigeria’s political history cannot be fully written without a mention of Buhari, who like the late political sage Chief Obafemi Awolowo, has offered himself several times Read More

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Rescuing Nigerian migrants

October 22, 2014 Blueprint 0

One of the outcomes of the recent Federal Executive Council meeting in Abuja was the confirmation that a new labour migration policy would be implemented in the country. I was indeed elated by the policy which the minister of labour extolled as very crucial to protecting Nigerians travelling or working abroad. The vision of the policy document which had been Read More

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On Hon. Dobi’s dam initiatives

October 22, 2014 Blueprint 0

That a parliamentarian will think above just sitting in the hallowed chambers of the lower chambers of the National Assembly enjoying air-conditioner and making verbal contributions calls for commendation. This is just what the tremendous and laudable initiative of the House of Representatives member (Abuja South) implies and signifies. There is no doubt that Hon. Isah Egah Dobi has surprised Read More

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Adieu, Remi Oyo

October 20, 2014 Blueprint 0

Remi, that was a short, long life. So much done in such a short time. And just when you thought that it was time to decelerate, the inescapable happened. From the early 80s we began a friendship that was birthed by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in its first home at Iganmu, Lagos. Long before you became NAN’s Managing Read More

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Despite the insurgency, education makes progress in Yobe

October 20, 2014 Blueprint 0

Upon the education of the people of this country, the fate of this country depends – Benjamin Disraeli Since creation, the human existence has been cultivated and shaped by education. Therefore, education has undoubtedly remained the most vital key in unlocking hidden treasures and opportunities for development. For the past 23 years, this vital tool did not enjoy the desired Read More

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The new face of FCT administration

October 17, 2014 Blueprint 0

By Ibrahim Biu The back breaking work of administering the Nigerian Federal Capital Territory can only be appreciated if we put a few tracts in perspective. Imagine a third-world developing country with a population in the region of 180 million people, coveting a national land-mass of 424,000 square meters with annual GDP of about US$500 billion involved in building a Read More

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Gov Amaechi and his politics of spurious figures

October 17, 2014 Blueprint 0

By Baridon Leton The amount of falsehood based on either ignorance or outright mischief that is peddled in the Nigerian public space by highly placed persons is alarming and sickening. It is even worse when a top government functionary who is expected to know the facts goes public with information that is half-truth. That was exactly what the Governor of Read More

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Of Akinkunmi, presidential steward and national honours

October 16, 2014 Blueprint 0

As President Goodluck Jonathan handed out about 306 awards at the 2014 National Honours Award Ceremony in Abuja recently, critical newspaper editorials and other comments have trailed the process of selection of recipients. Yet this year’s national honours award was significant in many respects. Unlike in the past when the list of awardees was dominated by politicians and cronies of Read More

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80 gun salute for the General

October 15, 2014 Blueprint 0

By Clem Baiye General Yakubu Gowon turns 80 on October 19. A couple of things stand out when you meet him for the first time. Firstly, he is a people person. His gregarious nature is such that you know he loves good company, though he does not seek to dominate proceedings. Secondly, he can be disarmingly humble, offering you his Read More

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Plight of primary schools in Kogi

October 15, 2014 Blueprint 0

Primary schools in Kogi state are in a very pathetic state due to the lingering crisis between the State Government and teachers, who are protesting alleged lack of respect by government for some of the agreements reached with the state. They are yet to resume classes. The strike by the teachers has forced poor children in public schools to roam Read More

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Shekarau, Marwa, Ribadu are PDP’s agents

October 10, 2014 Blueprint 0

I always find it difficult to write because I have to study the situation before I write since the  “pen is mighty than the sword” which can be used to fight oppression. When Ibrahim Shekarau was the governor of Kano (2003 – 2007), on the platform of All Nigerian People’s Party (ANPP), he was the only opposition governor that President Read More

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Abia’s political jobbers

October 9, 2014 Blueprint 0

My attention has been drawn to an advertorial in the Vanguard of Monday, 29th September, 2014. The advert which was purportedly signed by me contained congratulatory message in honour of Senator Nkechi Nwaogu who along with other eminent sons and daughters of Abia State received the National Honours Award. Even though I am quite happy and proud that one of Read More

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From ‘YEAA’ to ‘TAN’

October 6, 2014 Blueprint 0

Many years ago it was Youths Earnestly Ask for Abacha (YEAA) chaperoned by one Daniel Kanu and today there is a Transformation Ambassadors of Nigeria. Whilst the former tried to give a pseudo-veneer of pressure by youths for the late maximum leader to change from head of state to civilian president, the latter is organising rallies with the intent of Read More

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2015: Atiku needs good luck!

October 6, 2014 Blueprint 0

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar says he is the most investigated Nigerian.  Why not?  It is either because he is the most tainted Nigerian or he is the most victimised Nigerian under the sun.  But, of course, he cannot be denied the cap of being the most dogged fighter in the political arena since 1999, having, as it were, fought Read More

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Ohio summit and Bala’s developmental initiatives

October 3, 2014 Blueprint 0

By Rogers Edor Ochela Nigerians are in harmony that the greatest obstacle to Nigeria’s accelerated development is lack of continuity in government policies and programmes. That explains why Nigeria, prior to the inception of this administration, was virtually a huge cemetery of abandoned projects, a development that has necessitated this all-important question: How can the nation experience accelerated development and Read More

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Atiku walks his talk on Nigerian youths

October 2, 2014 Blueprint 0

Last week, I heard the radio and televisions announcements inviting the public to witness former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, declare his intention to contest for the presidential nomination of the opposition APC.  I could not help bursting out in laughter at the end of the adverts, when Atiku’s campaign slogan was announced.  His “A Nigeria for All” apt slogan had Read More

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Senator Ahmed Barata’s defection to PDP

October 1, 2014 Blueprint 0

It is an open secret that with his poor and dismal performance in the recent APC primaries for the October 11, 2014 gubernatorial election in Adamawa State, Senator Ahmed Barata would dump the party. Basically, the politics in Adamawa State is “Stomach Infrastructure” and most of the so-called politicians are in for what they may get and not the interest Read More