Another view of final phase of campaign against insurgency

December 30, 2021 Abdullahi M. Gulloma 0

Last week, President Muhammadu Buhari, said in Maiduguri, Borno state, that the nation has entered what he calls the final phase in its fight against insurgents and criminals. Thus, the President called on troops of Operation Hadin Kai to remain steadfast and charge more into the battlefields to crush the insurgents and criminals and make Nigeria safe again for everyone. Read More

Bandits, insurgents kill 11 vigilantes in Niger serial attacks

November 26, 2021 Aideloje Ojo 0

Bandits and Boko Haram elements have killed 11 vigilantes in Shiroro, Munya and Rafi local government areas of Niger state in a series of attacks within two weeks, the leaders of the communities have cried out. The elders under the auspices of the Gbagyi Elders Forum disclosed this Friday in Minna at a press briefing. The Forum’s spokesman, Pius Wakili, Read More

Restructuring the way to go, Arewa youth declare

November 7, 2021 AbdulRaheem Aodu 0

  The Arewa Youth Consultative Forum (AYCF) has identified a restructuring model where power should be devolved to states as panacea to the myriad of challenges bedevilling the country.  Nigeria has had to grapple with insurgency, insecurity, corruption, underdevelopment and a host of other challenges that have continued to hold the country back from achieving its huge potentials. But addressing Read More

FG seeks multi-sectoral approach to youth development

November 7, 2021 Editorial IV 0

The federal government has said that the issue of advancing youth development is a multi-faceted phenomenon which requires a multi-sectoral approach as no one agency or organ of government can adequately address youth issues and challenges in the country. The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr. Sunday Dare, made the statement weekend, on the occasion of the maiden International Read More

Abuja: Sanusi and the paradox of modern city life

November 2, 2021 Blueprint 0

The problem of teenage hawking is already becoming an embarrasing menace on the society. In this special report, ALIYU BASHIR took a walk round Abuja and reports that the rising number of traffic junction hawkers is akin to Abuja sitting on keg of gunpowder. Teenagers are often seen on the streets and roads of Abuja, the federal capital of Africa’s Read More

Addressing over-dependence on external sources for defence needs

October 28, 2021 Sunday Onyemaechi Eze 0

While addressing participants of Course 15 of the National Defence College, Abuja, in 2007, Thomas Aguiyi Ironsi, the then Minister of State, Foreign Affairs, like many others before and after him asserted that only fools take nations dependent on external sources for their defence needs seriously. Stating the obvious, he pointed out that; “In order to increase its capacity to Read More

NNPC GMD at Editors’ conference: We ‘ve mobilised contractors for Port Harcourt refinery

The Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE) Thursday called on the federal government to adopt necessary measures in tackling the insecurity bedevilling the country. The editors bared their minds at a two-day conference  in Abuja, with the theme “Media in Times of Crises: Resolving Conflict, Achieving Consensus.” And at the event, Group Managing Director Nigeria National Petroleum Company (NNPC) Mele Kyari announced that Read More

Makinde to Nigerians: Don’t leave terrorism, banditry fight to Army, security agencies alone

October 5, 2021 Bayo Agboola 0

Oyo state governor, Engr Seyi Makinde has declared that the ongoing fight against terrorism, banditry and other crimes in Nigeria deserves joint efforts of all Nigerians. Governor Makinde said this in Ibadan on Monday while flagging off the Exercise Still Waters being undertaken in the state by the 2nd Mechanised Division of the Nigerian Amy, Ibadan. The governor stated that Read More

Independence: We won’t surrender to rebels, secessionists – ACF

October 1, 2021 AbdulRaheem Aodu 0

The Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) has expressed confidence in President Muhammadu Buhari and the 36 governors to unite Nigeria and reposition it on a path of greatness, warning that the country won’t be surrendered to insurrectionists and secessionists. Its national chairman, Chief Audu Ogbeh, in his 61st Independence anniversary message on Friday, commended the police and the armed forces for Read More

Independence: NSCDC boss calls for renewed mindset, intelligence against insecurity

October 1, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

The Commandant General, NSCDC, Ahmed Audi, has emphasized on the need for continued tolerance of each other’s differences and mutual co-existence as a people who are united in diversity and reselient in the face of daunting challenges to our continued survival as one unified entity.  He advocated for a renewed mindset and provision of actionable intelligence to keep Nigeria safe Read More

Insurgency: NEDC commissions 14.7bn reconstructed bridges in Adamawa

September 27, 2021 Muazu Abari 0

After 7 years of untold hardship and disruption of socio-economic activities as a result of destruction of some bridges in Michika and Madagali local governments linking northern Adamawa with Borno by Boko Haram, the North East Development Commission (NEDC), has commissioned the Kuzum Bridge in Michika local government for public use. That of Delichim and Wurro Ngayandi have reached 70 Read More

APC members angry over red-carpet reception of Fani-Kayode – PGF boss

September 19, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

Director General of Progressive Governors Forum (PGF) Salihu Moh Lukman, said the recent defection of former Minister of Aviation Femi Fani-Kayode into the APC got most members angry, especially with the by the red-carpet reception given to him. While calling for calm, the APC chieftain also appealed to party leaders to properly engage in internal negotiations that will guide the Read More

Buhari and stabilisation of Nigeria

September 16, 2021 Abdullahi M. Gulloma 0

“Failure is not an option for us,” said President Muhammadu Buhari. “We will not contemplate it.’’ The President said so at the United States Institute for Peace in Washington DC during his four-day visit on the invitation of President Barack Obama, in 2015. Then, like today, maybe it can be, arguably, said that Nigeria is not in the best of Read More

We’re borrowing for the good of Nigerians, APC tells PDP

September 15, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has replied criticism by the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) over its borrowing spree, saying the act “is for the good of the country.” In a statement signed Wednesday in Abuja by the National Secretary Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC), Sen. John James Akpanudoedehe, the ruling party said unlike in the brazen looting days Read More

Strategies to end insecurity in Nigeria

September 14, 2021 Blueprint 0

Nigeria has been in peril for many years. Despite government’s efforts to address the crises plaguing the country, the situation is getting worse day by day. The lives of thousands of citizens are being snatched away from them, so too are their property. This tragic development of insecurity has thrown Nigerians into pandemonium to the point where many believe the Read More

Atiku deserves to be president

September 9, 2021 Blueprint 0

Recently, I was emotionally touched, psychologically defeated and baffled by the most worrisome security challenge in the past which put parents and children from Borno state in a real dilemma. It is over seven years since the abduction of female students from the GGSS Chibok, Yobe state when the state was hit by the Boko Haram insurgents initially in 2009. Read More

Why Nigera can’t track terrorists, bandits

September 4, 2021 Musa Musawa 0

Today, much of the priority and talking point is centered on how to counter the growing terrorist and insurgent groups in Nigeria in order to restore security of lives and property. Countering terrorism has become, without any doubt, the top national security priority of the Buhari administration. The nation has committed huge national resources to countering terrorism and insurgency as Read More

Zulum hails NALDA initiative, assures of protection of farm estates

September 2, 2021 John Oba 0

The Governor of Borno State, Prof. Babagana Zulum has commended the National Agricultural Land Development Authority (NALDA) on the potential of it’s projects to create jobs for citizens of the state who lost their sources of livelihood to the current insurgency bedeviling the state. He further assured that sustainability plan had already been put in place to ensure that the Read More

Surrendering terrorists and the burden of justice

September 1, 2021 Blueprint 0

The recent wave of surrender by the members of Boko Haram and Islamic States West African Province (ISWAP) terrorist groups and their families to troops of Operation Hadin Kai (OPHK) in the North-eastern part of the country has become a topic of discourse within security and intelligence circles. In the last three weeks, more than 1,500 Boko Haram fighters have Read More

Leaving office a failure is not an option, Mr President!

August 27, 2021 Abdullahi M. Gulloma 0

In the confines of the Presidential Villa, during a recent meeting of the National Council on Security, one of the many security meetings called at his instance, President Muhammadu Buhari told heads of security agencies that they must address the alarming insecurity situation in the country because he is not prepared to exit office as a failure. To underscore his Read More

@52: APC govs laud Zulum’s commitment to end Boko Haram

August 26, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

The Progressive Governors Forum (PGF) has joined Nigerians and other well wishers to celebrate the birthday of Professor Babagana Umara Zulum, Governor of Borno state, even as they acknowledged Zulum’s dedication and commitment to the fight against Boko Haram. The APC governors, in a statement signed Thursday in Abuja, by their chairman and governor of Kebbi state, Abubakar Atiku Bagudu, Read More

Gowon leads prayers against instability

August 24, 2021 Ifeanyi Emeka 0

Former military head of state, Gen. Yakubu Gowon, Monday led conveners of Nigeria Prays Mission in collaboration with Redeemed Christian Church of God and Good Shepherd Parish, Yaba, Lagos to seek divine intervention against security threats and socio-economic instability in Nigeria. The convened session was the South-west zone national bimonthly chain prayer, with the theme: “The Heavens Do Rule”, to Read More

Urgency of halting ethno-religious attacks in the North

August 19, 2021 A. A Gadzama 0

The insurgency in the North East and acts of banditry in the North Central and North West are security challenges that have aggravated insecurity in the country. The failure of elites especially the political class and those in government has also betrayed the trust and expectations of Northerners and there is pent-up anger all over the Northern States. The insurgency, Read More

Bauchi 2023: Why not Sidique Abubakar?

August 13, 2021 Editor 0

From all indications, Bauchi state will be the state to watch for “revolution” in the politics of transition climaxing in 2023 with the emergence of a new governor. The incumbent, Kauran Bauchi, Bala Mohammed has his head in the clouds of presidential ambition, repeatedly claiming to have the “nod”   of the PDP national caucus and throwing ill-advised controversial brick bats across Read More

Agunwa Anaekwe, Jimoh Ibrahim: Where are they now?

August 6, 2021 Blueprint 0

After they had served their country meritoriously in different capacities and left the scene, no one knows where they are and/or what they are doing presently; writes ELEOJO IDACHABA. Agunwa Anaekwe Chief Agunwa Anaekwe was the speaker of the House of Representatives between 1992 and 1993, during the aborted Third Republic. This was just before the June 12 presidential election Read More