Post mortem: Christmas expenses versus New Year realities

January 14, 2022 Blueprint 0

The euphoria of excessive spending during Christmas always lands people in trouble during the new year as many people are forced to face the reality of paying school fees for their children, renewing house/shop rents or paying for new apartments, among other expenses. PAUL OKAH in this report takes a look at the development. The greatest problem many Nigerians face Read More

Christmas: Bauchi distributes food to Christians

December 27, 2021 Blueprint 0

The Bauchi state government has distributed food items worth millions of naira as government’s gift to Christian community across the state for the celebration of this year’s Christmas. Chairman of the distribution committee, Mr Abdon Dalla Gin, announced this while briefing journalists on the outcome of the committee’s assignment held at Government House, Bauchi. Mr Abdon Dalla Gin said the Read More


Christmas: Lets set aside our differences, be true worshippers – Tambuwal tells Christians

December 25, 2021 Editor 0

Sokoto state governor, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, has facilitated with christians, urging them to set aside differences and forge a common front in the fight against insurgency. In a statement issued personally by the the governor, Saturday, he enjoyed Christians to practice the true meaning of Christmas. “As our Christian brothers and sisters celebrate the Christmas once again, it is imperative, Read More

Christmas: Obiano, wife, Bishop Hezekiah preach charity, exemplary living

December 25, 2021 Okechukwu Onuegbu, Awka 0

In the spirit of Christmas, Anambra state Governor, Chief Willie Obiano, has urged Christians to show love to their neighbours through selfless services and exchange of gifts. The governor in a Christmas Message signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr James Eze, also described Christmas as season’s to reflect on the God’s greatest love to mankind. “Christmas is the manifestation Read More

Anambra: One dead, 6 injured on Christmas eve fatal crash

December 25, 2021 Okechukwu Onuegbu, Awka 0

At least one person died on Christmas Eve following a fatal accident that occured along Enugu-Onistha expressway by Umuokpu, Awka South Local Government Area of Anambra state. Blueprint learnt that the deceased was the driver of the vehicle and probably the father and husband of the 11 occupants of the vehicle. According to an eyewitness, Mr Emmanuel Nwatarali, it was Read More

Christmas: Kaduna senator urges caution, reconciliation

December 25, 2021 Blueprint 0

The senator representing Kaduna Central, Uba Sani, in a Christmas message, has felicitated with Christian brothers and sisters urging caution at festivities and calling for reconciliation. “Happy Christmas to our dear Christian brothers and sisters. We thank the Almighty God for granting us the grace of witnessing this joyous occasion”, the lawmaker stated. He prayed that the occasion will bring Read More

Christmas: Igbawua enjoins Benue people to remain resilient

December 24, 2021 Blueprint 0

The immediate-past Chief Commissioner of the Public Complaints Commission (PCC) and top governorahip aspirant for the Benue 2023 elections on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Hon. Chille Igbawua, has felicitated with the government and good people of the  state as well as Christians across the globe on this year’s annual commemoration of  the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ. Read More

Christmas: CAN, police warn on fireworks

December 24, 2021 Blueprint 0

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Oyo state chapter, has warned people, especially the youth, to desist from throwing fireworks on streets in and around churches while celebrating Christmas. Its chairman, Apostle Joshua Akinyemiju, gave the warning in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday in Ibadan. Akinyemiju said anyone caught would be reported to the Read More

Christmas: IGP tasks CPs, AIGs on crime-prevention strategies

December 24, 2021 Blueprint 0

The Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mr. Usman Baba, has ordered the Commissioners of Police (CPs) in the 36 states and the FCT to coordinate crime-prevention strategies for the yuletide. This was contained in a statement by the Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO), Mr. Frank Mba, on Friday in Abuja. The Police boss also directed their supervisory Assistant Inspectors-General of Police Read More

Christmas: Ex-senatorial aspirant Ocheje greets Idah fed constituents

December 24, 2021 Blueprint 0

A former Kogi-east senatorial aspirant on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Engr. John Ibrahim Ocheje, has sent Christmas wishes to the people of Idah Federal Constituency. While identifying with the good people of his constituency on the occasion of Christmas, he urged them to emulate the life of Jesus Christ whose birth is celebrated on December 25th Read More

Christmas represents hope, love – Bello

December 24, 2021 Blueprint 0

Kogi state governor Yahaya Bello has felicitated with Christians on the occasion of this year’s Christmas celebration, noting that “as the season signifies hope for mankind, citizens should remain optimistic, believing that Nigeria’s trying phase would not last for too long.” In a statement issued by his chief press secretary, Onogwu Mohammed, the governor urged citizens to emulate God’s love Read More

Heal broken wounds, Mark tasks govt @ Christmas

December 24, 2021 Blueprint 0

A former President of the Senate, David Mark, has called on the federal government to heal wounds of broken bonds among Nigerians in the spirit of Christmas “which symbolises love for all humanity.” Mark, in goodwill message in Abuja Friday, expressed concerns over the “unabating spate of violent crimes and insecurity across Nigeria which requires a review of strategies by Read More

Abuja: Berger Abumet shares love at Christmas, donates food, treated nets

December 24, 2021 Blueprint 0

In the spirit of the season, Abumet, Nigeria’s leading full-service aluminium and glass solutions company, has donated food items and insecticidal treated nets to the less privileged in its host communities within the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja. Some of the communities that benefited from the company’s recent corporate social responsibility (CSR) gesture are Idu-Paipe, close to the Idu Railway Read More

Christmas: Nnamani calls for unity among Nigerians

December 23, 2021 Blueprint 0

Ahead of the Christmas celebration on Saturday, Senator Chimaroke Nnamani (PDP Enugu East ), has canvassed for reconciliation and unity among Nigerians for the required national consensus as panacea to the myriads of intractable socio-economic and political problems facing the nation. Nnamani in a goodwill message to Nigerians in Abuja Thursday, said the unabating problems bedeviling the nation demand that Read More

Breaking: FG declares 3-day public holidays for Christmas, New Year

December 22, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

The federal government has declared December 27, 28, 2021 and January 3, 2022 as public holidays to mark Christmas, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day celebrations respectively. Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, who announced this felicitated with Christians and all Nigerians at home and in the Diaspora on the Christmas and New Year celebrations. He said peace and security are Read More

Why relationships break up at Christmas

December 10, 2021 Blueprint 0

Christmas is a season when Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ and it’s celebrated on December 25, which is the last month of the year. However, it is a period when some relationships usually break up due to certain reasons. TOPE SUNDAY in this report attempts to find out why this happens. Money is one of the causes of Read More

Breaking: Manchester City star Aguero tests positive for COVID-19

January 21, 2021 Editor 0

Sergio Aguero has announced he is self-isolating after testing positive for coronavirus. The Manchester City striker had been self-isolating after being identified as a close contact of another confirmed case. Now the 32-year-old has revealed he too has tested positive. The Argentine tweeted: “After a close contact, I’ve been self-isolating and the latest test I took was positive for Covid-19. Read More

Keeping Bishop Kukah on track

January 15, 2021 Blueprint 0

Instead of Bishop Mathew Hassan Kukah of the Catholic Diocese of Sokoto on a special day like Christmas telling the Christian faithful that they should hold their faith aglow amid the conflicting elements of the troubled world, that those who delivered the early Christians from the furnace of Jewish and Roman persecutions in the early beginnings of the Christian history, Read More

Christmas message: Muslim solidarity forum condemns Kukah

January 13, 2021 Ahmid Lawal 0

The Muslim Solidarity Forum, an umbrella body of Islamic organisations; Islamic Centres, Sufi Orders, Imams, Islamic scholars and preachers in Sokoto state has condemned the Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Rev. Mathew Hassan Kukah over his Christmas message. A statement by the acting chairman of the forum, Professor Isa Muhammad Maishanu in Sokoto,Tuesday, lambasted Bishop Kukah for accusing President Muhammadu Read More

We’re setting standard, meeting our goals, Bwari LG declares

January 8, 2021 Donald Iorchir 0

Executive chairman Bwari area council, Dr. John S. Gabaya has said the council has set workable standards coupled with effective planning to enable the team meet set targets in 2021. Speaking to journalists in his office Wednesday after resumption of work from the Christmas and New Year break, Hon Gabaya emphasised the importance of hard work, dedication to duty, commitment, Read More

Christmas Day comment: Group asks Kukah to recuse self from peace committee

January 7, 2021 Abdulrahman Zakariyau 0

A non-governmental organisation, the Network for Democracy and Development (NDD) has urged Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah to recuse himself from the General Abdulsalami Abubakar-led National Peace Committee over what it termed “his divisive public pronouncements.”* The group in a statement issued by its National Coordinator, Tajudeen Alabede and Director Public Affairs, Dr Abdul-Wasi B. Moshood, described Kukah’s last Christmas message Read More

Misrepresenting Kukah’s Christmas homily height of mischief – Ikulu professionals

January 5, 2021 Agi Onda 0

The Association of Ikulu Professionals (AIP) has described as “unjustifiable” the attacks and varied responses on the Christmas homily delivered by Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, the Most Rev. Matthew Hassan Kukah. Some critics of cleric’s state-of-the-nation comment interpreted the Bishop’s sermon as calling for a military coup. In a press statement issued by its secretary, Dr Paul H. Mamman Read More

Yuletide: Ebonyi commissioner celebrates with less privileged, others

January 3, 2021 Paul Okah 0

The Ebonyi State Commissioner for Project Monitoring and Evaluation, Chief Ukie Ezeali, who is fond of putting smiles on the faces of the less privileged and who has always advocated for people to cultivate the habit of giving unconditionally, has celebrated Christmas and New Year with residents of Afikpo North Local Government Area of Ebonyi State. In the spirit of Read More