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TY. Danjuma’s comment-Online comments (Reactions)

March 30, 2018 Blueprint 0

On Saturday at a convocation in Taraba state, a former Minister of Defence, LTGen T. Y. Danjuma, was reported to have accused the Nigerian armed forces of lack of neutrality in the incessant farmers/herdsmen crisis, therefore if Nigerians failed to rise and defend themselves, they would soon be wiped out. Against the backdrop of the development, here are some of Read More

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NSCDC to establish peace clinics in North-east communities

March 21, 2018 Editorial IV 0

The Commandant General of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Abdullahi Gana Muhammadu has said his agency has concluded plans to establish Peace Clinics in Boko Haram ravaged communities in the North-east in order to re-enforce the peace and confidence of returnees to liberated areas. Gana, who has since resumed work in the region following a presidential directive, Read More

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Numan massacre: Adamawa in search of peace amidst tension

December 10, 2017 Editorial IV 0

  Sequel to the ethno-tribal clashes between herdsmen and Bachama people in Numan area of Adamawa state, the fragile peace in the entire state has once again suffered setback. IBRAHIM ABDUL’ AZIZ reports Expected reprisals For the last three weeks, Numan federation particularly Bachama dominated areas in Adamawa has been in the news, following ethno tribal clash that ensued between Read More

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How bombers, militias unleashed double tragedies on Mubi, Numan

November 27, 2017 Blueprint 0

Before now, there was relatively peace even communities that were   worst hit by the Boko Haram insurgency, had to celebrate their liberation from the insurgency which they had contended with over the years. However with peace and normalcy restored and the residents are striving to pick pieces of their  lives once again, double tragedies struck, throwing the entire state into Read More

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Adamawa bloodbath: Untold story of Mubi mosque attack

November 27, 2017 Blueprint 0

The early morning suicide bombing of a mosque in Mubi, Adamawa state, that claimed at least 50 lives, was the biggest terrorists’ attack in Adamawa since December 2016, when two female suicide bombers killed 45 people at a crowded market in Madagali town. IBRAHIM ABDUL’ AZIZ writes Before now, there was relatively peace even communities that were   worst hit by Read More

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Terrorism: Intelligence cells, forensic lab reasons for our success – Army

August 1, 2017 Blueprint 1

From Musa Umar Bologi Yola Creation of the special intelligence cells and technical forensic laboratory are recent innovations that have improved the operational responsiveness of the Nigerian Army operational capacity to degrade asymmetric threats to national security. Director, Military Intelligence (DMI), Maj.-Gen. Abubakar Tarfa, disclosed this yesterday at the commencement of a four-day Combat Support Arms Training week, for commander, Read More

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Buratai: Hearty cheers for the hero of heroes

November 29, 2016 Blueprint 0

By Nkechi Odoma November 27th 2016 was a special day in the life of an emancipator. Fifty-six years in the life of a soldier who is still waxing stronger and scoring the shots in the war front in the active service of his country is not just enviable, but quite admirable. Lt. Gen. Tukur Yusuf Buratai is today celebrating the Read More

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A case for collective fight against insurgents

January 15, 2016 Blueprint 0

SADIQ ABUBAKAR reports on the renewed call by Interior minister, Gen Abdulrahman Bello Dambazau for inter-organisational synergy to degrade Boko Haram in the North-east in view of the new strategies of the terror group. The Honourable Minister of Interior, General Abdulrahman Bello DanBazau said all the para-military organizations in the country under his ministry will synergize to collectively make their Read More

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‘Democracy and security in North-east, Nigeria’

July 27, 2015 Blueprint 0

By Kashim Shettima …How the sect evolved, how the name ‘Boko Haram’ came about, why the sect thrives, the four ways out As we are gathered here, more than three million innocent Nigerians from Borno, Yobe, Adamawa and some parts of Nigeria, live in deep agony haven lost sons, daughters, fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters, relations and neigbours after they were Read More

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Shekau disappears

April 24, 2015 Blueprint 0

—  Troops advance on Sambisa as insurgents run out of arms By Jibrin Baba Ndace, Abuja, and Sadiq Abubakar, Maiduguri The military’s successes against Boko Haram (BH) in recent times has raised the question over the whereabouts of the militant sect’s supreme leader, Abubakar Shekau, with security sources raising fears last night that the man appeared to have literally disappeared Read More

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Counterterrorism: Time to act

November 7, 2014 Blueprint 0

As I write this, the place our politicians and their accomplices used to refer to as “Northeast” in their scheming for power and measurements of their influences in the power game, the very place the nation’s implicit commander-in-chief even once referred to as “fringes” against the “mainstream” territories of his and his colleagues’ residences, is becoming the sovereign entity of Read More

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Ekiti: Turning Fayemi’s campaign to carnival

April 9, 2014 Blueprint 0

ROTIMI OJOMOYELA writes on the thrills that characterized the formal declaration of Governor Kayode Faeymi for a second term A  first time visitor to  Ado-Ekiti, the Ekiti State Capital  on the 27th of March 2014,  would have mistaken the emerging cosmopolitan   city for Calabar in December, as trade associations, students groups, artisans and ethnic associations took to the streets of Read More

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National Confab and Nigeria’s unity

April 3, 2014 Blueprint 0

Saleh Shehu Ashaka It was not for nothing that President Goodluck Jonathan at the inauguration of the national conference this month, urged delegates at the conference not to venture into areas that would put the unity of the country in jeopardy, but focus on areas that would foster peaceful coexistence and mutual trust among its people. The president’s speech hit Read More

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Working for Peace: The Adamawa example

March 24, 2014 Blueprint 0

On March 13, 2014, I was in Yola, Adamawa State on a peace building experience sharing visit during which we were hosted by the management of the American University in Nigeria (AUN) and officials of the Adamawa Peace Council (an interfaith initiative working to ensure that peace is maintained in the state). Adamawa State is one of the three states Read More

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53,000 graduates begin NYSC orientation course

March 14, 2014 Blueprint 0

About 53,000 Nigerian youths who have completed their higher education in the country and abroad and met the requirements for the national service began a 21-day orientation exercise yesterday across the federation except in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states due to security reasons. About 1,230 of the batch A youth corps member deployed to Kaduna state by the National Youth Read More

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Why Boko Haram attacks ‘are increasing’

March 3, 2014 Blueprint 0

— Maiduguri death toll hits 51 President Goodluck Jonathan has not implemented even one of the recommendations in the report of the Committee for Dialogue and Peace which had parleyed with Boko Haram leadership. Dr Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, who was a member of the committee,   made this known over the weekend on Liberty Radio’s Guest of the Week programme in Kaduna at Read More

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Boko Haram massacres 43 students in Yobe

February 26, 2014 Blueprint 0

— They have a good cause — Adamawa dep gov —  Atiku weeps At least 43 students were yesterday killed in a midnight attack by the Boko Haram sect at the Federal Government College Buni Yadi, Gujba Local Government Area of Yobe State. An online medium, SaharaReporters, quoted a source in Damaturu, capital of the state, who said he counted corpses Read More

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Shettima’s challenge to Jonathan

February 21, 2014 Blueprint 0

A cry, a helpless cry, from a heart full of pain. It touched my heart and my eyes went rheumy. I am sure many of my compatriots, whatever the colour of their politics, ethnicity or religion, felt the same way too. I refer you to the Daily Trust lead story headline of February 18. It said: “Shettima to Jonathan: Let’s Read More