Murtala Mohammed: Lai Mohammed missed it

May 6, 2021 Alhassan A. Bala 0

If there is anyone that I would least expect the never-ending accusations by the Minister of Information and culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, for the failure of the past and current administrations in the country, is the Nigeria’s finest Head of States and an Africanist, late General Murlata Mohammed. In an interview on a national TV on April 26, 2021, the minister Read More

Magoro: Soldier, administrator, elder statesman @ 80

May 6, 2021 Ibrahim Muye Yahaya 0

May 7, 2021, will come and go, but it’s going to be a red letter day in the lives of thousands. Major General (Senator) Muhammad Magoro (rtd), a soldier-turned- administrator, business tycoon, politician and elder statesman was born on this day, 80 years ago. To him, and particularly those who have benefitted from his large heart including this author, 80 Read More

Insecurity: Between Ortom’s crocodile tears and the Presidency

May 6, 2021 Simon Wayo 0

Governor of Benue state, Mr. Samuel Ortom is a disingenuous thespian. He seeks to recreate the absurdist theatre of ancient Greek, but replicates it very poorly. But in his die-hard posture of dramatizing the bizarre, the Governor competes for fame, which sophistry has outclassed Sophocles, the great Greek playwright. Governor Ortom is recognized nationally and even globally, as the master Read More

Nigeria in the context of global climate adaptation

May 5, 2021 Musa Ilallah 0

By way of introducing this piece, please allow me to borrow former US President Barack Obama’s words: “Climate change is a potential existential threat to the entire world if we don’t do something about it.” The history of the climate change conferences, COPs, dates back to 1992 when the first conference was held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil aimed at Read More

GBB and Nigeria’s digital transformation

A combination of factors played out in the last two years to enhance the success of Nigeria’s journey in digital transformation. These factors include natural occurrences and the vision and industry of a number of people.While the COVID-19 pandemic has traumatized the world’s population and ravaged economics at all levels, it has had its silver lining in the ways it Read More

Buratai’s footprints and the task ahead of COAS Attahiru

May 4, 2021 Philip Agbese 0

Combating terrorism or insurrections are acknowledged globally as quite arduous assignments. Soldiers who command such warfares must be necessarily be brave, courageous and determined combatants of the trenches. It’s not a task for the faint- hearted! The ex-Chief of Army Staff (COAS) and leader of the counter-insurgency operations in Nigeria, retired Lt. Gen. Tukur Yusuf Buratai, remonstrated these rare qualities Read More

Wanton killing of military personnel must stop

May 4, 2021 Blueprint 0

Last week, Nigerians woke up to hear about the brutal killing of an Army Captain and some soldiers who were on a routine patrol operation in Konshisha local government area of Benue state. The 11 fallen heroes were killed by alleged gunmen who ambushed their military convoy. Unconfirmed reports also claimed that the slain troops met their ‘tragic end’ after Read More

Bagudu, Kebbi’s go-getter

May 3, 2021 Umar Hayatudeen 0

In Nigeria’s political history some political office holders have tried to ensure that what they were elected to do are done to the best of their ability, leaving no cause for regrets especially for those who have invested their time and  resources to get into their various offices.One of those who are leaving no stone unturned by providing good governance Read More

World Press Freedom Day: Supporting Journalism for Public

May 3, 2021 Good– Moshood Isah 0

In the word of Joseph E. Stiglitz, “Information is a public good, and as a public good, it needs public support.” The very least Nigerian media deserve is the support from all stakeholders to enable it to continue playing its role of “Fourth Estate of the Realm” and of course the fourth arm of government that consistently checkmate other arms Read More

Mohammed Idris at 55, Blueprint at 10

May 2, 2021 Ibrahim Sheme 0

In my life, there are three people that I call Chairman, and they are related in more ways than one. First, all three happened to come from Niger State. Two of them are Nupe, so those are my “Katsina slaves”. But all three were my masters, on a serious note. Why? They employed me at one time or the other. Read More

Edo National Sports Festival and Dare’s fighting spirit

May 2, 2021 Felicia Oby Okafor 0

The recently concluded National Sports Festival – tagged EDO 2021 – has come and gone, leaving behind it a sweet trail and lessons from which Nigeria ought to draw strength, inspiration and impetus, as well as set the tone for victory in the run up to similar great festivals in the future. One of the most interesting things about the last National Read More

Assessing China’s CPC 100 in years

April 29, 2021 Blueprint 0

History has it that what we have today as political parties first started as factional or interest groups in the late 1600’s among the ancient Greeks who were pioneers in developing democracy and later extended to the Romans and Americans, and other part of the world. Among the Romans for example, a semblance of political parties was noticed in the Read More

2023 presidency: That Kalu’s significant response

April 29, 2021 Sufuyan Ojeifo 0

I watched the interview former governor of Abia state, Orji Uzor Kalu, granted on Sunday, April 25, 2021, on Channels Television’s “Politics Today”, anchored by Seun Okinbaloye. Kalu is the senate chief whip, and on both scores of political accomplishments, his qualification to speak on the number of issues that the interviewer attempted to interrogate through his perspectives cannot be Read More

Whither North-east peace congress

April 29, 2021 Inuwa Bwala 0

I have been an optimist of peace in the North East sub-region, and anytime the issue of peace is being discussed my unreserved interest is often elicited. When a friend forwarded an obviously sponsored piece by an obvious pseudo character Sadiq Ali, writing on behalf of an amorphous group, North East Peace Congress, my curiousity was naturally aroused.At first, I thought Read More

Nigeria security debacle: Heightened Hope “Uzodimma” travesty

April 29, 2021 Editorial IV 0

Comedy has always come to humankind and their existence as therapeutic, an ecstatic panacea to the despondent and hopeless person(s) at all parts of the world, times and seasons. Like music, it does several functions such as a melodic medium for driving home messages, teaching customs and traditions of a people, stirring sorrows away, anesthetic system for dissipating depression and Read More

Workers right: New report indicts UAE on discrimination

April 29, 2021 Moses John 0

A new report by the Democracy Center for Transparency (DCT) has indicted the United Arab Emirate (UAE) on the abuse of workers as well as discrimination against migrant workers. The report which is a reaserch work edited and reviewed by DCT advocacy and Research Officer, Florence Van den Bergh critically look at the right of migrant workers in the UAE Read More

Strategic moves to end food insecurity in Nigeria

April 28, 2021 Musa Ilallah 0

Since becoming president on May 29, 2015, Muhammad Buhari has not left anyone in doubt as to what his government will be doing in the first tenure. Consequently, he rolled out his 3-pronged agenda of revamping the economy, fighting corruption and improving the security of the country. My main focus in this piece is to give an overview of the Read More

Addax: Senator Magnus Abe Affronted Buhari, Goofed, By Yamai John

April 28, 2021 Yamai John 0

By curiously questioning the wisdom of President Muhammadu Buhari, who is also the substantive Minister of Petroleum Resources, in canceling the revocation by the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) of four oil mining leases belonging to Addax Petroleum Exploration Nigeria Ltd., Senator Magnus Abe goofed and exceeded his brief. Here is why. In a position which can only be interpreted Read More

Pantami: When truth and repentance are sacrificed for politics

April 27, 2021 Chris Emmanuel 0

Thomas Carlyle says “of all acts of man, repentance is the most divine. The greatest of all faults is to be conscious of none”. Yet, Dr. Isah Ali Pantami who epitomises this sagacious entrée is today facing arguably the greatest travails of his life because he was conscious of his action, took responsibility for his past transgressions committed as it Read More

Wanted: States, DHQ synergy for tackling insecurity

April 27, 2021 Jackson David 0

Not until Omuma Oru community, the country home of Imo State’s Governor, Senator Hope Uzodinma, was last Saturday attacked by suspected hoodlums, many, perhaps, may have been underestimating the nature of the insecurity brewing in the South East. According to media reports, the attackers threw petrol bombs into the compound, sparking a fire incident, which led to the razing of Read More

Tribute to a fallen African hero

April 26, 2021 Abubakar Wada 0

Heroism isn’t synonymous to perfection by any leap of imagination as all true heroes have many faults no matter the heroic feat attained. It is acquired best at the pedestal of gallantry that embodies the endearing spirits of courage and sacrifice for a noble cause that protects and advances the interest of the society –  a cause that’s far greater Read More

Matawalle’s phantom N2.9bn Ramadan gifts

April 26, 2021 Musa Suleiman 0

 To start with, among the contemporary crop of politicians in Nigeria, if there’s anyone to whom God has shown his ultimate supremacy, that person is the incumbent governor of Zamfara state, Muhammed Bello Matawalle.It was not a surprise for any political observer that Matawalle, whose political experience is nothing to write home about or get anyone jittery, emerged the governor Read More

Nigerian unions and their strikes

April 25, 2021 Usman Abdullahi Koli 0

It is worrisome for a country like Nigeria, my fatherland, since independence up till today, there are more sectors lagging behind, than the ones growing and even the growing ones are the only profit gain sectors benefited by small group of dignitaries who see Nigeria as their personal property. Education is the backbone of every developed society; America and co Read More

Professor Abdalla Uba Adamu at 65

April 25, 2021 Ibrahim Sheme 0

On this day, April 25, the immediate past Vice-Chancellor of the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN), Professor Abdalla Uba Adamu, clocked 65 years. He was the VC of NOUN from 2016 to February 11, 2021. When his tenure ended, he returned to forner duty post at Bayero University, Kano, but then took sabbatical work as Visitor at Kaduna State University (KASU), Kaduna, Read More