British PM Boris Johnson, girlfriend welcome new baby

April 29, 2020 Dailymail 0

Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s fiancée Carrie Symonds on Tuesday gave birth to a ‘healthy’ baby boy at an NHS hospital in London today – weeks earlier than anticipated, Dailymail reports. Mr Johnson is said to have been by his 32-year-old fiancee’s side throughout the labour before their son entered the world in the early hours of this morning. The safe arrival Read More

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Elections: Buratai distances troops from interference as EU hails Army, others

March 8, 2019 Editor 0

The European Union election observers have commended the Nigerian Army (NA) and other security agencies for their efforts which ensured peaceful Presidential and National Assembly elections. Head of the delegation and Deputy Chief Observer, Ms Hannah Roberts, gave the commendation during a courtesy visit to the Chief of Army, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, in his office. The purpose of the Read More

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2019 elections: Int’l observers, UN urge INEC to adhere to new timeline

February 16, 2019 Editorial III 0

The Heads of the international election observation missions and the United Nations in Nigeria, have called on Nigerians to remain calm and supportive of the electoral process as INEC works to implement its new timeline. In a statement signed its Director of Communications, Sarah Fradgley, the missions acknowledged that the decision to postpone the elections has caused disappointment across the country’s landscape. Read More

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US, EU, UK travel ban threat: Global or self- interest?

February 9, 2019 Editorial III 0

Recently, in the wake of federal government’s suspension of the erstwhile Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen, some western powers threaten to place travel restrictions on some persons who they suspect to be potential threat to democracy in Nigeria. According to experts, the initiative is based on international code of conduct on elections. ELEOJO IDACHABA in this report Read More

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International community and 2019 polls

February 7, 2019 Editorial III 0

With barely two weeks to the February 16, presidential elections, ominous clouds are gathering over the country. As a concerned citizen, and one committed to peace, dignity and sovereignty of our dear motherland, I consider it imperative to make an intervention in the political arena. I believe intellectuals have a responsibility to provide reasoned, analytical prognosis of the nation’s current situation. As against Read More

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2019: PDP highlights threats to credible elections

January 11, 2019 Editorial III 0

  Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in a meeting with European Union ahead of February 16 elections claimed Amina Zakari, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the security agencies activities constitute threat to credible elections. The national publicity secretary of PDP, Kola Ologbondiyan during at a meeting with European Union Election Observation Mission Nigeria 2019, pointed out that the mistake Read More

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How we negotiated Dapchi girls’ release – DSS

March 24, 2018 Blueprint 0

  Director-General of the Department of State Services (DSS, Lawal Daura, has given insight into how the Service negotiated the release of 105 Dapchi school girls. Speaking on Friday when President Muhammadu Buhari received the school girls at the State House Presidential Villa, Abuja, Daura recalled that the president had given “a clear directive to security agenciesto use peaceful options Read More

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Buhari attends EU, AU summit in Abidjan

November 27, 2017 Blueprint 0

President Muhammadu Buhari is scheduled to attend the 5th European Union-African Union (EU-AU) Summit in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, on November 28, 2017, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, said in a statement in Abuja on Monday. Adesina said the President would also participate in working sessions on the summit theme: “Investing in the Youth for a Sustainable Read More

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EU backs Ireland on Brexit as government faces defeat

November 25, 2017 Blueprint 0

The European Union threw its weight behind Ireland in Brexit negotiations on Friday as a looming parliamentary defeat for the Irish government threatened to disrupt Britain’s timetable for a deal with Brussels. A standoff between Dublin and London over how much detail Britain must give on its plans to avoid a disruptive hard border in Northern Ireland after it leaves Read More

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Anambra: INEC to provide magnifiers for albinos, EU hails Jonathan 2015 example

October 19, 2017 Blueprint 0

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared that electorates living with albinism will be aided with vision magnifiers to vote during the forthcoming governorship election in Anambra state. INEC Chairman, Mahmood Yakubu, stated this when the European Union Election Observation Mission (EU-EOM) paid him a courtesy visit in Abuja. He said the initiative was to enable albinos properly identify Read More

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EU, DFID drill 780 hand-pumps in Jigawa

March 3, 2017 Blueprint 0

By Muhammad Aliyu Dutse As  part of their efforts to ensure the provision clean drinking water at rural areas, the European Union, under its supported  water supply and sanitation sector Reform programme (WSSSRP) and Department for International Development (DFID), in collaboration have drilled a total of 780 hand-pumps across communities in eight local councils of Jigawa state. The benefiting local Read More