Alkali’s answers to North -East humanitarian question

April 5, 2021 Raphael Odoh 0

Apparently, Boko Haram insurgents and the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) have gravely injured and shackled the North East Development Commission (NEDC), a baby created out of necessity to cater for humanitarian crisis incited by Boko Haram. The NEDC’s Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, (MD-CEO), Alhaji Mohammed Goni Alkali experiences grippingly retells the story of managing the near Read More

NEDC and Alkali’s leadership with a human face

March 30, 2021 Solomon Audu 0

It is no longer news that the Boko Haram crisis in North-East Nigeria has devastated economy of the region, and humanitarian crisis is the order of the day. The North East region of Nigeria is made up of Borno, Adamawa, Yobe, Bauchi, Gombe and Taraba States. These states are ravaged by the Boko Haram insurgency since 2009. In this violent Read More

Breaking – Short Service Course: Army publishes successful candidates… see full list, requirement

March 26, 2021 Editor 0

The Nigerian Army on Friday released the list of successful candidates for the Nigerian Army Short Service Combatant Course 47/2021. A statement copied from Nigerian Army’s official website, The successful candidates are to report at NDA (Old Site) with the following:a. Original credentials and SSC 47 online application print out that bears theirpassport photograph.b. Four copies of 5 x 7 Read More

Insurgency: Nigerian troops not sufficiently armed – Ex-General

March 24, 2021 Abdulrahman A. Abdulrauf 0

With a whooping sum of $1billion expended on arms, indications have emerged that troops in the North-east still fight without sufficient arms.  Some equipment, including artillery guns, Blueprint gathered, were bought some three months ago. Similarly, some prized and highly sophisticated equipment such as Mines Resistance Armoured Personnel Carrier (MRAP) and helicopter gunships with night fighting capability are either inadequate or not available. Read More

The handwriting on the wall

March 21, 2021 Hassan Gimba 0

I sniff anarchy on the horizon. And to the discerning mind, the handwriting is bold on the wall. “The handwriting on the wall” is an English expression used whenever an inevitable result or imminent danger has become, or is becoming, apparent, a presentiment of disaster, in our case, anarchy. It is also expressed as “mene mene”, a shortened form of Read More

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Post-conflict peace building efforts ongoing in North-east – Akanji

March 19, 2021 Abdulrahman Zakariyau 0

The Principal Investigator and Director, Institute for Peace and Strategic Studies, University of Ibadan, Professor Tajudeen Àkànjí has confirmed that post-conflict peace building efforts are ongoing in the north-eastern part of the country. The expert on Peace and Strategic Studies disclosed this recently in Abuja, during one-day workshop aimed at reducing all forms of violence and work with governments and Read More

2023: Arewa coalition urges Okorocha to run for president

March 11, 2021 Najib Sani 0

As political activities continue to garner momentum towards the 2023 general elections, the Coalition of Northern Supporters to Ndi – Igbo for President 2023 has expressed their support for Senator Rochas Okorocha to declare his interest in the 2021 presidential election. The Coalition comprising of Coalition of North Eastern Patriots, (CONEP),North Central Development Cycle(NCDC), Northern Youths in Politics (NYP),Public Awareness Read More

Fuel tanker explosion destroys Delta property worth millions of naira

March 11, 2021 Blueprint 0

Properties worth millions of naira were destroyed by fire as fuel laden tanker exploded in Ekwuomah community in Ika north east local government area of Delta state. It was gathered that an unidentified vehicle which was overtaking the tanker scratched it by the side while on high speed on the Asaba-Agbor expressway, Ekwuoma. It was learnt that the tanker driver Read More

Breaking: Ogun assembly elects new deputy speaker

Ogun State House of Assembly has elected a member representing Ogun Waterside State Constituency, Hon. Balogun Akeem, as the new Deputy Speaker following last week’s removal of his predecessor and member representing Ijebu-North II state constituency, Hon. Dare Kadiri, for gross misconduct. The election was sequel to his nomination by a member representing Remo North State Constituency, Solomon Osho, seconded Read More

Bauchi gets new CP as police promotes Jimeta to AIG

March 8, 2021 Najib Sani 0

Following the elevation of the former commissioner of police of Bauchi state Lawal Jimeta to the position of the Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG), a new commissioner in the person of Abiodun Alabi has been posted to the state. Mr Alabi while taking over on Monday said he expects the citizens of the state to partner with the police Read More

Capital projects: Bala laments FG’s injustice to North-east

March 3, 2021 Najib Sani 0

Bauchi state governor Bala Mohammed, has lamented what he described as the ‘federal government’s injustice’ to the North-east geo-political zone in terms of capital projects. The governor made the lamentation Wednesday during the opening of the 4th North East Governors forum meeting hosted by the state. He decried that the region lags behind in terms of development due to federal Read More

FG empowers 578 needy in Bauchi

January 24, 2021 Najib Sani 0

The federal government through the National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons on Saturday empowered 578 needy in Shira local government area of Bauchi state. The federal commissioner of the commission in charge of north east Senator Basheer Garba Mohammed while distributing the empowerment materials said the donation was meant for people tagged ‘Persons of Concern’ under the Read More

We‘ll disgrace terrorists in 2021 – Buratai

January 2, 2021 Editor 0

The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, has declared that the Nigerian Army will shame the Boko Haram and the Islamic States for West African Province (ISWAP) terrorists in 2021. Buratai gave the assurance at a sit-out night to usher in the 2021 New Year at the TY Buratai Institute for War and Peace in Biu local government srea Read More

PMB and burden of healing broken bones

January 1, 2021 Philip Agbese 0

My New year Epistle to Nigerians This present generation has had their diaries well filled with details of their vivid share in first-hand history experience of insurgency in their life time, in which these verbose experiences may well be defined by the success or failure of the anti-terrorism efforts across our country. Since al-Qaeda first emerged in 1988 and subsequently Read More

Boko Haram: The voice of Zulum, hand of Shettima

December 23, 2020 Ochimana Abutu 0

The governor of Borno State, Babagana Zulum, has been in the news for various reasons. Some positive while some negative. It becomes challenging to place which side of the divide the governor is with his media tirade against the Nigerian Military’s operations in Borno state. The governor’s recent posture indeed brings to fore some of the dynamics of the Boko Read More

Blacklist: Centre faults Nigeria’s classification by US

December 13, 2020 Editor 0

The Centre For African Liberation And Socio-Economic Rights (CALSER) has condemned the United States’ blacklist of Nigeria as a religious intolerant nation, describing the report and its intent as subjective.  According to CALSER, the U.S’ assertion was a disservice to Nigeria as it would serve to further aggravate the problems on the ground rather than help.  The centre made this known at Read More

Boko Haram and before we crucify Zulum

December 11, 2020 Mohammed Zanna 0

At the face of “glaring truth,” false peddlers will still arise among the people. These are people that seek not after the country’s interests, but after their own selfish gains. They scream for proofs and evidence at any news that indicates Boko haram recording casualties.Their delight is in hearing the victory of boko haram insurgency and not its defeat. The Read More

Insecurity: Women network offers tips to FG

December 6, 2020 Ene Oshaba 0

The Nigerian Women Mediators Network (NWMN) has charged the federal government to build a strong collaboration with women community women in its efforts geared towards tackling insecurity. The women said a bottom-to-top approach was the best strategy for any sustainable peace process. National Coordinator of the network, Prof. Iyom Joy Onyesoh, gave the charge in Abuja during the media launch Read More

Don’t pass 2021 budget until Buhari tackles insecurity, elders tell NASS

December 6, 2020 Paul Okah 0

Some elders across the country have called on the National Assembly not to pass the 2021 budget pending before it until President Muhammadu Buhari implements the resolutions of the two chambers of the legislature that demanded the sack of service chiefs. The elders insisted that President Buhari must not look back again in sacking the service chiefs, saying the ovation Read More

Interventions: Humanitarian affairs ministry insists on transparency

December 4, 2020 Editor 0

A week-long orientation, monitoring and evaluation workshop organised by the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development has ended with officials insisting on transparency in all their activities. This was part of their resolutions in a communique at the end of this year’s workshop which held at the Nigerian Army Resource Centre in Abuja. According to the Read More

Breaking: Uneasy calm as Umahi’s appointee ‘kills’ 2 in Ebonyi

November 30, 2020 Amarachukwu EgwuAgha 0

Two persons have been reportedly killed in Oriuzo, Ezza North local government area of Ebonyi state over an alleged political differences. One Shedrak Nwode from Umuezoka, alongside a girl said to be his girlfriend was alledgedly shot dead by the Coordinator of Ezza North East development centre, Ikechukwu Nwafor, an appointee of Ebonyi state governor Dave Umahi. Sources who preferred Read More

Coalition hails Buhari, military on fight against insecurity

November 28, 2020 Editor 0

Following an extensive appraisal of the security situation across the 19 northern states, the Coalition of Northern Patriots (CNP) has said President Muhammadu and the Nigerian military have successfully quelled the threats posed by criminal elements.  According to the coalition, the feat was particularly impressive considering the concerted effort by some interest groups to undermine troops’ progress.  The CNP made this disclosure in its Read More

General Buratai, the patriot

November 23, 2020 Nkechi Odoma 0

When General Tukur Yusufu Buratai was appointed as the 20th Chief of Army Staff by the President and Commander in Chief of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on July 13th, 2015, the choice was hailed by all and sundry. This was because, in the history of the Nigerian Armed Forces, Buratai remains one of the most decorated officers ever to be elevated Read More

Northern writers elect maiden EXCO

November 20, 2020 Blueprint 0

The Northern Nigeria Writers’ Summit (NNWS) has elected its maiden members of executive council. A statement by Odoh Diego Okeyondo, who chaired the committee that conducted the elections, said the official are to lead the association for the period of two years. Those elected include, chairman, Dr. Bashir Abusabe, chairman; vice-chairman, Omale Allen Abdujabbar, and Safiya Ismail Yero emerged as Read More