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13m out-of-school children: Women in da’awah urges restructuring of almajiri schools

June 20, 2019 Editorial IV 0

Women in Da’awah, an umbrella group of Muslim women non-government organisations, has called for restructuring of almajiri schools in Nigeria to address the over 13 million out of school children. Speaking in Kaduna on Thursday ahead of its 14th Annual National Conference, which kicks off in Kaduna with the theme: “Believers! Enter wholly into Islam and do not follow in the Read More

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LG financial autonomy: Buhari has started restructuring-BMO

May 8, 2019 Editorial II 0

President Muhammadu Buhari has commenced a silent restructuring of the polity with the tacit enforcement of financial autonomy for local governments by the Nigeria Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU), the Buhari Media Organisation (BMO) has said. This according to the group will invariably pave way for full autonomy of the third tier of government and ensure that more power is devolved Read More

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Still on restructuring

June 23, 2018 Blueprint 0

  There are a lot of wide controversies which dominated the meaning or definition of ‘restructuring’ in Nigeria’s context, especially at this time that many people are clamouring for it, and that the issue has become partly trending in the public discourse and in most of the media platforms. There is difference on how the “six geopolitical zones” understand restructuring Read More

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Will restructuring heal the wounds?

May 26, 2018 Blueprint 0

  At the Southern Kaduna Peoples Union (SOKAPU) town hall meeting held at Hamdala Hotel in Kaduna on 4th November 2017, organized by the SOKAPU’s committee on restructuring, the theme was tagged: ‘The future of Nigeria’, “Restructuring and Southern Kaduna”! I was fortunate to meet with one of the executives of the union during the event, Mr Reuben Buhari, who Read More

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Nigeria should go back to regional arrangement — Balarabe Musa

May 26, 2018 Blueprint 0

Former governor of Kaduna state and leader of People’s Redemption Party (PRP), Alhaji Balarabe Musa in an interview with ABDULRAHEEM AODU, supports restructuring in order to unite Nigeria and give every citizen a sense of belonging. Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa state recently came to Kaduna and said that the north is indispensable to agitations for restructuring. Do you agree Read More

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Atiku lauded over articulation of policy on restructuring

May 13, 2018 Blueprint 0

Former Vice President and presidential hopeful of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, has been hailed for articulating his policies on restructuring, an idea that he has been championing. Coordinator of The Atiku Renaissance (TAR) Hon. Azibola Omekwe said in a statement Sunday in Abuja, that Atiku Abubakar’s keynote speech at Chatham House recently showed critics that the former Vice Read More

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Restructuring and the herdsmen question

April 21, 2018 Blueprint 0

  Reform in the fiscal and the security sectors can aid the effort to alleviate growing tension between nomadic herdsmen and sedentary farmers which has captured national consciousness lately. Unfortunately, these clashes are fast becoming a way of life in Nigeria. In 2017 alone, deadly confrontation between roving herdsman and local communities were reported in every geopolitical zone except the Read More

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OPINION: The imperative of restructuring Nigeria

April 7, 2018 Blueprint 0

  Nigeria is an amalgam of many ethnic groups joined together for the administrative convenience of the imperialist Britain in 1914 without the consent of the disparate groups that make up the country. The British subtly sowed the seed of discord by divide and rule tactics designed to make the country weak and perpetually dependent on them. And now, it Read More

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APC Vice Chairman counters El-Rufai’s report on onshore/offshore oil dichotomy               

February 6, 2018 Blueprint 0

National Vice Chairman, South South Zone of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Ntufam Hilliard Eta has said that the federal government will not resuscitate the rested issue of onshore /offshore oil dichotomy in the ongoing scrutiny and consideration of the report on Restructuring as submitted by the Mallam Nasir El – Rufai led committee recently. Eta in a statement Read More

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Adopting the El’ Rufai report using Dickson’s pattern? 

February 4, 2018 Blueprint 0

EMEKA NZE writes that the week before last, governor Seriake Henry Dickson of Bayelsa state gave further direction on the way to restructuring the country as recommended by the APC committee led by the Kaduna state governor, Malam Nasir El’Rufai Penultimate week, Governor Henry Dickson of Bayelsa state deviated from his onerous task of reconciling his recalcitrant Peoples Democratic Party Read More

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Ijaw leaders hope El-Rufai report ‘done with genuine commitment and sincerity’

February 3, 2018 Blueprint 0

The Leaders of Thought of the Ijaw Nationality have commended the  reports of the All Progressives Congress, APC committee on restructuring. The committee was led by Kaduna State Governor Nasir El-Rufai. However,  the leader sounded cynical as they  further expressed their hope that the report was done with commitment and sincerity. A press release at the end  Ijaw Leaders’ meeting Read More

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“Restructuring, fiscal federalism, answer to Nigeria’s woes

January 5, 2018 Blueprint 0

  Contrary to President Muhammadu Buhari’s opinion about agitations for restructuring of the country, the Primate, Church of the Lord, (Prayer Fellowship) Worldwide, Dr. Rufus Ositelu, has identified restructuring and fiscal federalism as the solution to the political and economic challenges facing the nation. Ositelu also called on the political leaders to take the bold step of restructuring the country Read More

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Without restructuring, fiscal federalism, Nigeria’s woes will remain – Primate

January 5, 2018 Blueprint 0

Contrary to President Muhammadu Buhari’s opinion about the agitations for restructuring of Nigeria, the Primate, Church of the Lord, (Prayer Fellowship) Worldwide, Dr. Rufus Ositelu, has prescribed restructuring and fiscal federalism as the solution to the political and economic challenges facing the country. Ositelu also called on the political leaders to take the bold step of restructuring the country into Read More

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Its disappointing, Buhari does not understand restructuring -SDP

January 3, 2018 Blueprint 0

The social Democratic Party (SDP) has said that President Muhammadu Buhari must have misinterpreted the call for restructuring to mean a call for return to parliamentary system of government, insisting that the country must be restructured. In a statement the SDP National Publicity Secretary, Alfa Mohammad signed Wednesday in Abuja, the party expressed disappointment over the January 1st national broadcast Read More

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Buhari can’t implement Confab report, Northern senators tell Nigerians

December 13, 2017 Editorial IV 0

By Hamidu Sabo Katsina Chairman of the Northern Senators Forum (NSF), Abdullahi Adamu said it would be impossible for the present administration under President Muhammadu Buhari to implement the report of the national political conference convened by former president Goodluck Ebele Jonathan. He similarly accused the ex-president and his supporters of being unfair to president Buhari for agitating for the Read More

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Nigerians need courage to do what is right – Saraki

November 28, 2017 Editorial IV 0

By Abdulrahman Zakariyau Abuja Senate President, Bukola Saraki has challenged all politicians and Nigerians to put the unity of Nigeria at the front burner in all they do. Saraki stated this yesterday during the Northern Union 5th Anniversary lecture organised in honour of his father and Second republic Leader of the Senate, Dr Abubakar Olusola Saraki, at the NAF officers Read More

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Why I’m keeping quiet on Buhari — Yakasai

November 18, 2017 Blueprint 0

  Alhaji Salihu Tanko Yakasai is a man who is not afraid of threading where angels dare. In 2015, when supporting President Goodluck Jonathan’s re-election was almost an apostasy in the north, the nonagenarian rooted for the Ijaw man from Otueke, at great personal risks. In this interview with IBRAHEEM MUSA, the elder statesman bared his mind on restructuring but Read More

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Restructuring: APC counters South-West, rules out return to regional govt 

October 19, 2017 Blueprint 0

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has ruled out agitation especially by the South West geo-political zone for the return to regional form of government in the country, saying such an arrangement  as practiced in the first republic would only foster the marginalization of ethnic minorities in the polity. On its part, the House of Representatives has assured Nigerians of its Read More

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Nigeria: To secede or not to secede, –By Isa E.Mubarak

October 13, 2017 Editorial IV 0

Our diverse cultural background, ethnicity and religion should be our strong foundation of tolerance, survival and other psychological barriers, or face break-up. Our divergent views will not let us face issues headlong because of our various parochial interests! We carry our parochial interest to deceitful high heavens. I’ve always admired the Igbo people, they do not only possess business initiative Read More

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Nigerians can’t be treated equally, El-Rufai insists as people shun APC True Federalism conference

October 11, 2017 Blueprint 0

Kaduna State governor and chairman of All Progressives Congress (APC) Committee on True Federalism, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, has declared that it is an injustice to agitate for equal unequal, adding that in population and resources each region also differs. He, however, said that because the representatives of the agitators are few in number, “the majority must always win.” Speaking Wednesday Read More

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Seadogs demand immediate restructuring of Nigeria 

October 10, 2017 Blueprint 0

The National Association of Seadogs (NAS), also known as the Pyrates Confraternity, has joined other Nigerians and groups calling for the restructuring of the country, even as it demanded immediate action. The Pyrates said following the perceived imbalance in the country, it was constrained to join others in the calls on the federal government to “pay heed to the urgent Read More

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Restructuring: Unclear cause, vague course, –By SHU’AIBU GIMI

October 10, 2017 Editorial IV 0

Th e combination of, on the one hand, the stubbornness of the advocacy for the restructuring of Nigeria, defi ance of the advocates and, on the other hand, the resoluteness of the opponents of the re-structuring is what is increasingly defi ning the interrelationships among various communities and sections of the country. It is, perhaps, because either no suffi cient Read More

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Boko Haram: 52,311 Borno children now orphans – Shettima

October 6, 2017 Editorial IV 0

Borno state Governor, Kashim Shettima, revealed yesterday that 52, 311 children in the state were orphaned by Boko Haram insurgency in the North east zone of Nigeria. Shettima disclosed this in Maiduguri during the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the state government, Fadama III and the World Bank. He also disclosed that some 54, 911 women were Read More

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Don’t watch Nigeria disintegrate, Ezeife tells Buhari

October 6, 2017 Editorial IV 0

Awka Former governor of the old Anambra state, Dr. Chukwuemeka Ezeife, has urged the federal government to align with the growing calls for restructuring of the country rather than watch her disintegrate. The former governor, who spoke in Awka yesterday at the end of Anambra 2017 gubernatorial debate organised by Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC), also claimed that the people of Read More