Social media in frenzy over mace theft, online comment

April 21, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

While plenary was ongoing at the Senate on Wednesday, some thugs, according to reports, beat the ubiquitous security at the National Assembly, barged into the Senate chambers and carted away the body’s symbol of authority – mace – in the presence of senators. Social media platforms went into a frenzy immediately the development became a public knowledge. Below are some Read More

Dankwambo: A worthy brand for Nigeria, by UMAR YUSUF

April 21, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

In all sense of human idiosyncrasies, there’s a banded and collective conception that, leadership traits that are ensconced in a chivalrous, liberal, courageous, competent and dedicated leaders and eminent statesmen are not acquired by chance but out of a conscious and sustained ability to consolidate and advance those cherished virtues that make a difference between authentic leaders and liedormant to Read More

Restructuring and the herdsmen question

April 21, 2018 Adetokunbo Pearse 0

  Reform in the fiscal and the security sectors can aid the effort to alleviate growing tension between nomadic herdsmen and sedentary farmers which has captured national consciousness lately. Unfortunately, these clashes are fast becoming a way of life in Nigeria. In 2017 alone, deadly confrontation between roving herdsman and local communities were reported in every geopolitical zone except the Read More

The role of education in countering violent extremism , by Alhaji Mallam Umar

April 19, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) in Nigeria is a relatively new paradigm in Peace and Conflict Studies. While violent extremism refers to the activities and beliefs of individuals and groups who employ violence and terror-related acts to achieve political, religious, social, cultural and economic aims, CVE describes all the proactive measures put in place to combat/neutralize violence by extremists. In recent Read More

Support Buhari to curb insecurity, Group tells Nigerians

April 19, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

A non- governmental volunteer group, under the umbrella of the Atmosphere of Love Chaplaincy ALC, has asked Nigerians to rally round President Muhammadu Buhari in order to tackle the myriads of security challenges currently bedeviling the country. Speaking at the commissioning of its Suleja office in Niger State, Commandant General of ALC, Dr. Desmond Ononuju, said, for the country to Read More

Solution to Nigeria’s security challenges By Peter Ovie Akus

April 19, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

  The abduction of over 100 schoolgirls, by suspected members of the Boko Haram sect, at the Government Girls’ Technical Secondary School, Dapchi, Yobe State, was the most daring act in recent times, from a group that was proclaimed as “technically defeated” by the Buhari administration. During the Goodluck Jonathan administration, the murderous insurgents staged several attacks both against public Read More

Combating the Lassa fever epidemic By Bilkis Ogunnubi

April 19, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

  With the trend of things now, the fear of Lassa fever seems to be the beginning of wisdom. And despite the assurance from the Federal Government that all is well, many have continued to live in fear and rightly so as the available statistics of cases is staggering. There have been confirmed cases in Bauchi, Ebonyi, Edo, Enugu, Kano, Read More

Religious intolerance: Living in peace, not pieces Majeed Dahiru

April 19, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

Nigeria is gradually degenerating from a multi-ethnic and religious but united nation into a competition ground for dominant Abrahamic religious groupings. The intense struggle for theological supremacy between the two dominant religious groupings in Nigeria, Christianity and Islam, as well as the more intense struggle for doctrinal supremacy among the various sects and denominations existing within these two religions are Read More

Turning point at the Federal Fire Service

April 18, 2018 Blueprint-Nats Odaudu 0

“For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for Good works”… Eph.2:10 A ground breaking record has been set in the Federal Fire Service, which will require another group of selfless, passionate and visionary leaders to replicate in future. Engr. Anebi Garba Joseph is the 2nd Controller General of the Federal Fire Service. He is an Engineer by Profession Read More

Zamfara 2019: Mansur Dan-Ali On The Cusps Of History

April 18, 2018 Blueprint-Nats Odaudu 0

With the exceptions of the North-East that was ravaged by Boko Haram insurgency, there is no state in other regions of Nigeria that is currently experiencing unimaginable magnitude of violence like Zamfara State. The state, at present is the epicenter of violent criminal activities perpetuated by brutal bandits of Fulani stock. Day in, day out, they are ravaging villages, killing Read More

Up from Wakanda By Tunde Salman

April 18, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

The movie, Wakanda has become the latest rallying point for an exasperated black race. The euphoric success of the box office hit has made recommendations to watch it as imperative as a doctor’s prescription to a dying patient. It is the latest quest in the search by the African race for redemption. This search for redemption began the moment the Read More

The controversial hate speech bill By Jerome-Mario Utomi

April 18, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

Looking at the ripple reactions that greeted the hate speech bill currently before the Nigerian senate; one will but agree with the words of John F. Kennedy, that ‘a man who creates power makes an indispensable contribution to the nation’s greatness. But the man who questions power make a contribution just as indispensable, especially when the questioning is disinterested; for Read More

Media perception and Nigeria peace index,  by ABDULRAZAQ O HAMZAT

April 18, 2018 ABDULRAZAQ O HAMZAT 0

Mention five states in Nigeria that are considered not peaceful based on public perception? That was the question that shaped the private conversation I had with two veteran media personalities and crisis communication experts this past week. It was an unplanned discussion about the role of media in communicating events and shaping perceptions. As we are all aware, media communication Read More

Where is my ‘change’? by Adewale Kupoluyi

April 17, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

What has gradually become a norm in our country today is the reluctance and unwillingness to give ‘change’ by sellers to buyers of goods and services. It is an embarrassing situation that people have found themselves in almost on a daily basis. When a buyer purchases an item or commodity with a higher money denomination in anticipation of collecting ‘change’, Read More

Stoppage of former governors’ pension By Ahmed Sani

April 17, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

The passage of a bill by the Kwara State House of Assembly stopping the payment of pension to former governors and their deputies whenever they are holding political or public offices is a new order and in the overall best interests of Nigerians. The bill was said to have been influenced by Dr. Bukola Saraki, a former governor of the Read More

Ambode’s reputation on the line By Femi Animashaun

April 17, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

As the rainy season has started rather early this year, many Nigerians are rejoicing. At least, the weather is now less harsh, making it a bit bearable to stay without public electric supply, if it ever comes though. But for the people in such communities as Ajah, Langbasa, Addo and Badore on the Lekki Peninsula of Lagos State, these are Read More

2019: What choice before Dankwambo? By Bilkisu Ibrahim Bako

April 16, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

About fifteen kilometers after leaving Gombe Airport, on the way to the city, the first major landmark that tells you serious governance is taking place in Gombe state is a sprawling edifice that looks every inch like a five-star-hotel. It is the International Conference Centre built by the incumbent government in the state, and it is an integral part of Read More

A call to justice (3) By Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah

April 16, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

  I had already got the General Abdusalam to agree that after seeing the Governor, we would go into Southern Kaduna and he agreed. So, I followed up with meetings with a cross section of traditional rulers from Southern Kaduna to prepare the ground for the visit by the Committee. They were quite enthusiastic and the State Government gave us Read More

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Kebbi: Miracle of good governance By Umar Sagiru Gwandu

April 16, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

  In Nigeria, there had been power exchange from military to civilian and vice versa. In some instances, there was interregnum and joint military and civilian administration. Thus, when Kebbi state was created in 1991, it was ushered into existence by the Ibrahim Babangida military administration, necessitating a series of military governors and administrators before the transition to civilian government Read More

APC: Case for Comrade Timi Frank as National Chairman

April 14, 2018 Blueprint-Nats Odaudu 0

  By Jerry Wright As Nigeria’s ruling party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), gets set to elect a new set of leaders in June to run its affairs for the next four years, all eyes are on the party’s highest office, the position of national chairman. Already, names of possible contenders for the post are already being bandied around among Read More