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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NYSC and youth development in Africa By Lot Christopher

June 12, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

The National Youth Service Corps Scheme seems to share unique similarities with other established youth services worldwide in terms of evolution, concepts and operations. In Nigeria the Service-National Youth Service Corps came to limelight in 1973 and was crafted to meet the quest for oneness and peaceful co-existence amongst the multifaceted ethnic and religious groups that constitute the Nigeria polity Read More

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X-raying Magu’s stewardship at EFCC, by MESHACK TONY IDEHEN

June 12, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

For a man whose accomplishments as the world most famous anticorruption czar continues to baffle even his most ardent critics, Ibrahim Mustafa Magu, Chairman, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), surely has his name firmly etched on the golden sands of time. Magu took the challenge against Africa’s most deadly virus of corruption and economic crimes head on; doing so Read More

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Toxic request on anti-grazing bill, by ADEWALE Kupoluyi

June 12, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

Many Nigerians were disturbed by the hasty decision suggesting that anti-grazing bills, as operational in some states in the country, should be repealed. The Minister of Defence, Brig-Gen. Mansur Dan-Ali (retd.) had spearheaded the abrogation move, arguing that laws enacted by states prohibiting open grazing be suspended. Dan-Ali had called for the suspension of the implementation of antigrazing laws in Read More

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Politics, religion and theatrics of June 12, by Sufuyan Ojeifo

June 11, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

June 12, 1993 was the day eligible Nigerians trooped out in their numbers to choose between the late M.K.O. Abiola of the defunct Social Democratic Party (SDP) and Alhaji Bashir Tofa of the defunct National Republican Convention (NRC) who would be president of Nigeria. The foundation for the politics, religion and theatre that would later define the election and its Read More

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2019: Politics of arrest and voices of reasoning

June 11, 2018 Online Editor 0

By Comrade Oladimeji Odeyemi As Nigerians warming up in preparations for the major political event of 2019, the struggle for political power has long started with the incumbent at center scheming to retain power beyond 2019 while some dissenting voices, even with the ruling party and the leaders of opposition political parties are not sleeping. The recent alleged plot by Read More

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Nigeria Police and crisis of image making, by RACHAEL OYINOYI

June 11, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

The criticisms or outright condemnation of the Nigeria Police and its activities seem to be growing by the day. In fact, it is being repeatedly argued in some quarters that no government institution or agency has suffered the kind of criticisms and blackmails to which the Nigeria Police has been subjected. Ordinarily, whatever belongs to the public or is meant Read More

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