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Northern elders can hasten end to insurgency

August 27, 2014 Blueprint 0

The Northern Elders Forum recently gave ultimatum to President Goodluck Jonathan to rescue the Chibok girls before October 2014 or forget re-election in 2015. This is not the way to go. On the other hand, it is important to appreciate the effort the Northern Elders Council (NEC), for their understanding and approval of the efforts of the Federal Government to Read More

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Lagos Road Traffic Law still intact

August 27, 2014 Blueprint 0

Our attention has been drawn to sponsored insinuations, most especially in the social media, stating that the administration of Governor Babatunde Fashola, SAN has concluded plans to review the  Road Traffic Law 2012, especially the aspect concerning the restriction of commercial motorcyclists from plying major highways and bridges. This is far from the truth. This administration does not have the Read More

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My advice to Kaduna varsity

August 25, 2014 Blueprint 0

I read with great concern a news article that Dr. John Danfulani, a lecturer in Political Science at the Kaduna State University (KASU) was served with a warning letter by the council of the university for allegedly denigrating the visitor of the university who doubles as the governor of the state, Alhaji Mukhtar Ramalan Yero, in the social media. I Read More

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Northern elders’ ‘Riot Act’ on Jonathan

August 25, 2014 Blueprint 0

I have been at odds trying to rationalize, or otherwise put a value to the recent ultimatum given President Goodluck Jonathan by Northern Elders Forum (NEF). The group insists the President must produce the abducted Chibok girls and bring an end to the Boko Haram insurgency by the end of October, or be deemed unfit to seek re-election in 2015. Read More

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Mr President, declare your intention

August 22, 2014 Blueprint 0

In the last couple of months, everyone has been jostling for the attention of  President Goodluck Jonathan. The reason is simple, Óga I beg to apply’. Politicians of different shades have met under various camps beckoning at the President to contest as if he has said he will not contest. Nobody is cajoled or brain-washed with the hide and seek Read More

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Return of ATM charges

August 21, 2014 Blueprint 0

Effective September 1, bank customers are to pay N65 per ATM withdrawal after three transactions from an ATM not belonging to an issuer bank.  According to CBN, the reintroduction is to ‘cushion’ the effects of operational cost being incurred by the banks.  This can be a valid reason depending on which side of the curve you belong. I have decided Read More

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Letter to Governor Ajimobi

August 21, 2014 Blueprint 0

I will like to express my sympathy for the loss of properties caused by the recent fire disaster at Aleshinloye Market, Ibadan.  The loss was extensive. My concern is the promise by Governor Abiola Ajimobi to compensate shop-owners. I hope this is not a political competition for space against an earlier promise by a prospective governorship candidate. Governance should be Read More

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Managing Ebola rumours in FCT

August 21, 2014 Blueprint 0

Ever since rumours of the dreaded Ebola fever came to limelight and its subsequent confirmation in the country, the word ‘Ebola’ has been striking fears into the hearts of many Nigerians. In the FCT, there is unease and misconceptions about the disease. Rumours that Ebola case had been confirmed in Garki Hospital threw the whole territory into frenzy. Rumours of Read More

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Nasarawa impeachment: Time for rethink

August 11, 2014 Blueprint 0

Recent events in Nasarawa State, particularly the impeachment move against Governor Umaru Tanko Al-Makura by the state House of Assembly, are a cause for grave concern. It is time for all well-meaning individuals to speak out for the sake of our dear state. One concedes that the constitution, in Section 188, empowers a state House of Assembly to initiate impeachment Read More

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In dire need of a rescue

August 4, 2014 Blueprint 0

I cannot remember the last time my family and I had a sound sleep. Every night, I sleep with one of my eyes opened like dolphins. Gone were the beautiful days when we slept in our small village peacefully. The village had lost its tranquillity and serenity. Even the birds had gone a million miles away, leaving only vultures to Read More

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Major Al-Mustapha, 365 days like yesterday

August 4, 2014 Blueprint 0

‘We cannot always build the future for our youth but we can build our youth for the future’. – Major Hamza Al-Mustapha It is often said that some are born great while others attract or achieve greatness through hard work, discipline, self-believing, and dedication to service of humanity. Although great men and women who made things happen all over the Read More

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Time to call unprofessional journalists to order

August 4, 2014 Blueprint 0

Every responsible journalist in Akwa Ibom state is expected to heave a sigh of relief at what seems like a rescue of the profession from the clutches of blackmailers and non-professionals who have held the state to ransom in the past few years. It has been observed that some media outfits are notorious for being anti-Governor Godswill Akpabio. And they Read More

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2015: My grouse with President Jonathan

August 1, 2014 Blueprint 0

The 2015 general elections will be conducted in less than nine months from now when Nigerians will be expected to vote for their leaders. It will be a period for enormous decision and I have mixed feelings against President Goodluck Jonathan. I’m a victim of the Jos 2008 crisis which did not only make me a squatter but loser of Read More

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The snake on the roof!

August 1, 2014 Blueprint 0

Many consider the lion as the most powerful animal because of its fearlessness and aggressiveness; this probably explains why it’s mythically tagged the king among other animals. But I consider snakes as probably the most dangerous animal in the world. It slides and creeps unannounced and attacks its prey without notice. Nobody leaves a snake on his roof and goes Read More

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Taraba’s unending crises

August 1, 2014 Blueprint 0

If democracy is all about good governance for the people and of the people, I doubt much if we are really practicing democracy in Taraba state. Our own is democracy of oppression, political monopoly and underdevelopment. It is disheartening that all leaders that have ruled Taraba state, military and civilians from inception 22 years ago, lack vision in transforming this Read More

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Nigerian politicians must shun violence

July 30, 2014 Blueprint 0

I am delighted to join Professor Attahiru Jega in opening this workshop for INEC public affairs officers.  These trainings are part of the United States’ support to INEC and Nigeria for all upcoming elections, including the national ones in 2015. You’re well aware that the US supports a free, credible, inclusive, and peaceful electoral process in which democratic principles are Read More

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Being Muslim and the danger of a single story

July 30, 2014 Blueprint 0

“What is your name?” Muhammad. And all eyes would turn around. It often starts just like that. For to them, every Muslim is a potential threat, a terrorist. It is extremely awkward, if not annoying, to someone like me who was born and reared in an almost 99 per cent Muslim community. Hitherto I didn’t know that being Muslim means Read More

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Kaduna bombings and conspiracy theories

July 29, 2014 Blueprint 0

The almighty God, in His infinite mercy, created this world in such a way that it takes an individual to effect a change in the society. For instance, General George Washington led the people of USA to gain independence from The Great Britain. Abraham Lincoln also stood firm and fought for the unity of the country. Martin Luther King (Jnr) Read More

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It’s time for Adamawa people to vote wisely

July 29, 2014 Blueprint 0

The almighty God, in His infinite mercy, created this world in such a way that it takes an individual to effect a change in the society. For instance, General George Washington led the people of USA to gain independence from The Great Britain. Abraham Lincoln also stood firm and fought for the unity of the country. Martin Luther King (Jnr) Read More

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On the recent unfortunate Kaduna bomb blasts

July 29, 2014 Blueprint 0

The recent bomb blasts in Kaduna, widely suspected to have been targeted at two prominent Nigerians, can be described as callous, dangerous and unfortunate, to say the least. That action is a threat to the peaceful existence of this country. The attempt on the lives of two highly respected Nigerians shows that enemies of this country are determined to further Read More

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The merits of presidential debates

July 28, 2014 Blueprint 0

The United States and other countries have adopted the system of presidential debates and Barack Obama would probably not have been American President today, but for his brilliant political debates, leaving the American voters no choice but to elect him twice. Through presidential debates, we can evaluate the emotional intelligence, the mental intelligence and the depth and breadth of clearness Read More

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Obasanjo/Atiku: A timely reconciliation

July 28, 2014 Blueprint 0

The declared thaw in the frosty relationship between former President Olusegun Obasanjo and his former deputy, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar is good news any day. It shows that after everything, including political misunderstanding and mudslinging, top political leaders in the nation can mend broken fences, forgive one another and be pals again. Most Nigerians are aware of the deep misunderstanding that Read More

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Gbosa for our northern delegates

July 24, 2014 Blueprint 0

In the past four months or there about, the nation went into a conference to discuss issues that have consistently bedeviled our unity, or in other words our sense of nationhood-ness. The conference was greeted with uproar from interest groups; Issues such as the legality of the conference, the process and mode of selection vis a vis the disequilibrium in Read More

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Attention: President Jonathan

July 24, 2014 Blueprint 0

The idea of Mr President breaking fast with Muslims is a sign of unity and solidarity with Muslims, especially during the Holy Month of Ramadan. During the administration of former President Olusegun Obasanjo, Muslim scholars and some prominent Islamic leaders are usually invited to Aso Villa in Abuja to break their fast with Mr. President. Therefore, it is a commendable Read More

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Jonathan, before you borrow that $1bn

July 23, 2014 Blueprint 0

President Goodluck Jonathan wants to borrow a billion dollars from abroad to ‘fight Boko Haram.’ Where is our money? Senate President, David Mark, says that the $20 billion said to have gone missing from NNPC account was not missing after all but was ‘unaccounted for.’ We will like to advise that the government take one billion from that account and Read More