June 21, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

Is Kingibe’s award a plot to succeed Buhari? On Sunday, former Governor of Kaduna State and leader of Peoples Redemption Party (PRP), Alhaji Balarabe Musa, alleged that the real motive for giving Chief M.K.O Abiola a post-humous honour and recognising June 12 as Democracy Day “is to prepare Ambassador Babagana Kingibe to take over from President Muhammadu Buhari”. PAUL OKAH Read More

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INEC’s Yakubu, the new scapegoat, BY Emma Agu

June 21, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

Last week, the Southern and Middle Belt Leaders’ Forum, SMBLF, demanded the removal of Professor Mahmood Yakubu as chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC. Giving reasons for their demand, the joint secretary of the forum, Mr. Yinka Odumakin noted that President Muhammadu Buhari had violated a fundamental convention whereby sitting presidents appointed INEC chairmen from outside their own Read More

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Bauchi 2019 and the worthy option, BY Musa Abubakar

June 21, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

It’s interesting that the Attahiru Jega’s electoral revolution and the President Muhammadu Buhari’s unconquerable Tsunami have bred a new set of leadership in the country and it’s now barely three years since such leadership emerged and occupied various positions of power. Indeed, those who have either participated and are part of the history of the 2015 general elections or those Read More

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Where Buratai got it wrong By Zakari Emmanuel

June 21, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

It is now clear that the Nigerian Army has never really perceived and wished to treat the killings in several parts of the country by militia groups as anything serious. So it was wrong, in the first place, for anyone to have expected its soldiers to take any serious steps to stop the killings. They simply showed no commitment to Read More

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Nigeria Police and historic motivation strategy By Ramoni Salami

June 21, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

The Nigeria Police had, as institution, suffered un-imaginable historical neglect. As a colonial organization, it had attracted monumental insensitivities from successive post-colonial administrations in the country. In Nigeria Police, motivation in terms of promotion and salary increases had been an exception instead of being the rule of the game. In most cases before now, police officers and men knew the Read More

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Buhari’s June 12 proclamation and the vilification of Obasanjo (2), by Majeed Dahiru

June 21, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

Like Abiola who didn’t compromise his June 12 mandate while in detention, Obasanjo similarly didn’t compromise his hard line stands against the oppressive regime of Abacha by going back on his advocacy for democratic rule in Nigeria. While Obasanjo was in prison for his pro-democracy advocacy, Buhari was seated pretty comfortably on the seat of the chair of a well-funded Read More

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Insurgency, Nigerian Army and a June diary, by Prince Ugo

June 20, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

The decision to pen this article came to me impromptu. I stumbled on a news item on an online medium, The Sun (UK), published February 18, 2018, which flashed a blistering news caption. It boldly read; “Terror, Exchange Programme: ISIS Commanders Sneaking Jihadis Into Nigeria From Syria to Train Them for Possible Attacks on Britain,” written by David Willetts, the Read More

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As the nation celebrates, by Jerome-Mario Utomi

June 20, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

It is a time-honored saying that ‘the interest subjects take in their leader does not lie in the leader’s physical and intellectual abilities, but, lies rather in what he can add to their lot in life’. Standing as a telling proof to the above assertion is the heartening celebration that recently resonated across our nation’s political wavelength following some human-faced Read More

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Daniel Kanu’s move to redefine Imo By Victor Chukwuemeka Udoka

June 20, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

It is worrisome that after over five decades of its creation, Imo state isn’t fulfilling the aspirations of its founding fathers and its people. Imo state is currently bedevilled by a myriad of problems that suggest a state on the brink. The problems include insecurity, economic woes, political instability, youth restiveness, and many others. Surely, our beloved state has seen Read More

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Still on Democracy Day By Ahmed Adamu

June 19, 2018 Ahmed Adamu 0

The first democratically-elected government in Nigeria was inaugurated on 1st October 1960 and re-elected in 1964, but was toppled by a military coup on 15th January 1966. Likewise, on October 1st, 1979, another democracy was revived, but was toppled by the military on 31st December 1983, just few months after a democratic election. Again, in 1993, another democratic election took Read More

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Osinbajo and herdsmen, farmers’ clashes By Arukaino Umukoro

June 19, 2018 Arukaino Umukoro 0

Between May 22 and 23, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo crisscrossed Nasarawa and Benue states, not just because he had the means to do so, but simply because he wanted to ensure that the recurring clashes between herdsmen and farmers in those parts of the country were resolved permanently. On May 22, the vice president had to cancel or reschedule pressing Read More

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Yearning for Super Eagles of 94, by MUHAMMAD AJAH

June 19, 2018  MUHAMMAD AJAH 0

How Nigeria can get back the football squad she had of 1994 through 1996 is part of my worries about the Super Eagles. From the onset, I must confess that I have nearly lost interest in the Nigerian football team. I have not been able to figure out what could be responsible for the decline of the Super Eagles. If Read More

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To heal the world, fix the child, by ABDULYASSAR ABDULHAMID

June 19, 2018 ABDULYASSAR ABDULHAMID 0

Our greatest enemies today are not the heartless, corrupt government officials whose undying ambition is to fleece our country of its resources; neighbours or the abject poverty that results from acute mismanagement of the country’s human and material resources; rather our greatest enemies are the monsters we make out of our children. These monsters, as they come of age and Read More

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Nigeria’s health sector collapse By Jerome-Mario Utomi

June 16, 2018 erome-Mario Utomi 0

I recently witnessed a fight between two young adults within the church premises. And as expected of me, I immediately intervened. And in my effort to calm their frailed nerves, I observed that one was visibly calm and viewed the whole episode as a friendly battle occasioned by a communication gap. The other was, however, furious and unmanageable; a behavior Read More

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June 12: Honour Justice Akanbi By Afe Babalola

June 16, 2018 Afe Babalola 0

When I read the cheering news that President Buhari had revisited the June 12, 1993 presidential election, declared Chief Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola as the winner of the election, June 12 as Democracy Day and honoured him with the national honour of Grand Commander of the Federal Republic, my immediate reaction was that I wished Hon. Justice M. A. kanbi, Read More

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Hadiza Masari’s fight against drug abuse, by AMINU ABDULLAHI

June 16, 2018 AMINU ABDULLAHI 0

The menace of drug abuse and trafficking in illicit drugs is a global phenomenon that nation states are battling to overcome through appropriate legal and regulatory frameworks as well as advocacy and mass mobilization campaign that suit the peculiarities of individual nations. While some countries like the Philippines, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Indonesia and China prescribe capital punishment for offenders, Read More

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Did Okonjo-Iweala implicate Oshiomhole, Aregbesola in her book? Voxpop

June 14, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

In her 192-page book titled Fighting Corruption is Dangerous: The Story Behind the Headlines, former Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister of the Economy under Goodluck Jonathan administration, Dr (Mrs) Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, mentioned names of notable “corrupt” politicians who opposed her economic ideas, but are now serving in the APC government. PAUL OKAH speaks with Nigerians on whether the book Read More

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I remember June 12 By Pat Utomi

June 14, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

They tried so hard to hide the truth. But truth never really goes away. It is like smoke. It eventually finds its way out. So June 12 is our Democracy Day? Well, some who talk about it may see it as some distant political thing that happened under the military, in the age of impunity. But I remember it differently. Read More

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NASENI and PMB’s endorsement of selfless service By Abiodun Israel

June 14, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

An irritating and resentful character of leaders in executive positions in Nigeria is to ridicule and despise Nigerians or politicians in rival political camps. For successor presidents, their first official action in office is always to vengefully sack appointees of the preceding government. Little attention is paid to commitment and performance in office. The only offence aligned to them, which Read More

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Re-Upending democracy in Bauchi, by Musa Ismail Jahun

June 13, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

With 2019 general elections getting closer, the good, the bad and ugly media campaigns in all sorts of write-up will now inundate people, especially the gullible ones as well as the typical Nigerian politicians. Typical of such jaundiced write up was a back-page column in Leadership newspaper of Monday, June 4, 2018 written by one Mariam Mohammed with the headline, Read More

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Borno 2019, Sen Abba Aji and Boko Haram by Bukar Abba

June 13, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

Sometimes, I get amazed at the thinking of some politicians that the electorate is unreasonable, and can be betrayed, swayed, used and dumped at will. These leaders only find the people they have impoverished and exposed to devastating disasters as worthy partners during partisan times only. Nigeria is facing another round of political dispensation. And professional politicians and selfish leaders Read More

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Protesters from IDP camps in Abuja storm Dino's residence in show of solidarity. They've vowed to go nowhere until the police force withdraws its men.

INGOs and Borno society By Suleiman Mustapha Mallumbe

June 13, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

The Boko Haram insurgency has been a major factor that has led to the convergence of numerous Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) in the state and the North-east of Nigeria in general. Of all the NGOs, the ones with the most visibility are the International Non-Governmental Organisations or INGOs. These are international organisations that responded to the nauseating and appalling humanitarian crisis Read More

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Lessons from Kenya’s anti-corruption campaign By Tunde Salman

June 13, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

It is often said that without comparing, the mind would not know how to progress. Travels, since time immemorial, offer human beings a platform for comparison. This underscores the motive of this contribution from a recent visit to Kenya. Sometimes in February, precisely between February 18 and 21, 2018, I was part of a five-member delegates from a Local Advisory Read More

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Zamfara: Seven years of Gov Yari By Salis Muhammad Moriki

June 12, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

The Governor Abdul-azeez Abubakar Yari government of Zamfara state came into office on May 29, 2011. Within the seven years of its existence, it has faced many challenges in health, education, insecurity, paucity of funds to execute projects, this is in addition to more than N40 billion debt inherited from the previous government. However, the government has within seven years Read More

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