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Army denies recruiting new soldiers

December 6, 2017 Editorial IV 0

By Musa Umar Bologi Abuja Nigerian Army has stated that it was neither recruiting nor commissioning new soldiers. Its spokesperson, Brig.-Gen. Sani Usman, said in a statement that the “attention of the Nigerian Army is drawn to activities of a fraudulent syndicate that has placed fake adverts to deceive unsuspecting members of the public on alleged commissioning into the Nigerian Read More

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We’ve created enabling environment for investors – Bello

December 5, 2017 Editorial IV 0

By Abdullahi Muhammad The FCT Administration was commended recently for creating enabling environment for Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) when President Muhammadu Buhari declared open Novare Gateway Mall on the Abuja International Airport Expressway. Represented by the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello, the President commended the Novare Real Estate Africa – the property developers, for the Read More

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PDP convention: We don’t envisage any problem – Makarfi

December 4, 2017 Editorial IV 0

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), National Caretaker Committee chairman, Ahmed Makarfi, says preparations for Saturday’sNational convention of the party are in top gear. The event, which the chairman confirmed is scheduled for the nation’s capital, Abuja, is on course and the leadership does not envisage any hitches. “As far as I am concerned, we are on course. Of course, we Read More

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Boko Haram: 5 feared killed, houses burnt in fresh Adamawa attack

December 1, 2017 Editorial IV 0

By Ibrahim Abdul’Aziz Yola At least five persons were feared dead in a fresh attack by Boko Haram insurgents in Wuna village in the Madagali local government area of Adamawa state, locals and security sources have said. The sources said scores of fighters had stormed the village from around Gulak, the administrative headquarters of Madagali, for the attack. “They came Read More

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New fronts in Nigeria-US relations

November 30, 2017 Editorial IV 0

A few days ago, the United States-Nigeria Bi-National Commission (BNC) met in Abuja. AWAAL GATA writes on the meeting and the new ties the two countries were able to forge against its backdrop The BNC was co-chaired by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, and the Deputy Secretary of US Department of State, John J. Sullivan. This year’s BNC Read More

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Nigerians stranded in Libya’ll be brought home – Buhari

November 30, 2017 Editorial IV 0

By Abdullahi M. Gulloma Abuja President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday night in Abidjan declared that all Nigerians stranded in Libya and other parts of the world would be brought home and rehabilitated. In an interactive session with members of the Nigerian Community in Cote D’ Ivoire on the margins of the 5th AU-EU Summit, the President also promised to reduce Read More

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Buhari off to Abidjan for EU-AU summit

November 28, 2017 Editorial IV 0

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

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US, Amnesty condemn Mubi mosque attack

November 23, 2017 Editorial IV 0

The United States has condemned the suicide attack at a mosque in Mubi, Adamawa state, which killed no fewer than 50 people and injured several others. The U.S. Department of State, in a statement by its spokesperson, Heather Nauert, described the blast as “a terrorist attack,” and extended its condolences to the Nigerian people and the families of the victims Read More

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Herdsmen/farmers’ clash: Unongo chides FG for sitting on the fence

November 21, 2017 Editorial IV 0

By Daniel Agbo Makurdi Chairman, Northern Elders Forum (NEF), Wanteregh Paul Unongo has called on the federal government to take drastic measures to end the dispute between herdsmen and farmers across the country. Wantaregh Unongo, who made the call yesterday at the monthly stakeholders meeting held in the Benue People’s House, Makurdi, expressed worry over laxity by the federal government Read More

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Anambra: APC, APGA, PDP in battle royale

November 18, 2017 Blueprint 0

As the people of Anambra state go to the polls today to vote for the person who will govern them in the next four years, 37 parties are vying for the coveted post. But as Blueprint Weekend’s investigations reveal, only the All Progressives Congress(APC), the ruling party at the centre, All Progressives Grand Alliance(APGA), the party that is in power Read More

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EDITORIAL: Anambra guber: INEC, FG must get it right

November 18, 2017 Blueprint 0

  Today, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) will conduct the fifth governorship elections under the present All Progressives Congress (APC) led federal government, since 2015. The Anambra State gubernatorial exercise featuring 37 candidates is, therefore, another opportunity for the elections umpire to test-run its readiness for the 2019 general elections. The election to vote a new governor for the Read More

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Livestock dealers urge FG to reopen Chad, Cameroon borders

November 16, 2017 Editorial IV 0

By Sadiq Abubakar Maiduguri Chairman of the Borno state council of Livestock Dealers Association (LDA), Alhaji Mohammed Abubakar, has appealed to the Nigerian Army and other security agencies at the Chad and Cameroun borders to, as a matter of public importance, reopen all the borders or allow livestock importation into the state. He also called on the federal government to Read More

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Sokoto, Tahoua partner on security, others

November 13, 2017 Editorial IV 0

By Sidi A. Umar Sokoto Sokoto state governor, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal and his counterpart of Tahpua in Niger Republic, Malam Abdurrahman Musa, yesterday held a meeting on security and economic ties between the two neighbouring states. Speaking during the meeting, Tambuwal said the meeting was a follow-up to the bilateral discussion held when President Mahamadou Issoufou of Niger Republic visited Read More

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Ortom buys more vehicles to boost security

November 7, 2017 Editorial IV 0

By Daniel Agbo Makurdi Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state yesterday said he had secured 18 pick-up trucks and 100 motorcycles, for Livestock Special Task Force and Community Volunteer Guards to boost the fight against crime in the state. The governor, who made the announcement during a joint meeting with the two groups, said the vehicles “will be presented on Read More

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Group cautions FG on heating up Niger Delta

October 31, 2017 Editorial IV 0

By Patrick Andrew Abuja A Non Governmental Organisation- the Centre for Peace and Environmental Justice (CEPEJ) has cautioned the federal government against further heating up the Niger Delta by imposing provocative political decisions on the region. The National Coordinator of the group, Comrade Sheriff Mulade, said yesterday that the recent decision to impose Python Dance 2 and Crocodile Smile 2 Read More

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NUJ empowers women journalists on gender equity, safety

October 27, 2017 Editorial IV 0

By Binta Shama International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) in collaboration with the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) chapter of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) has stated that “it is time to empower women attain their potentials in their profession.” National President of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Abdulwaheed Odusile, who was represented by the National Secretary of NUJ, Shuaibu Read More

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Nigeria and agric dimension of SDGs

October 27, 2017 Editorial IV 0

The Paris convention held 2015, has set aside some goals that need to be achieved by 2030 for sustainable development of the world, and referred to as sustainable development goals (SDG). These goals were seventeen in number, as described by the conveners of the convention. The second goal is directly related to the agricultural production, which is to end hunger, Read More

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Gaidam urges NNPC to begin oil search in Yobe

October 13, 2017 Editorial IV 0

By Musa M. Buba Damaturu Yobe state Governor, Alhaji Ibrahim Gaidam, has called on the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to begin oil prospecting in the Yobe sector of the Lake Chad Basin. The governor said that ‘structural and geologic similarities’ between Yobe and neighbouring Niger and Chad Republics, where oil has been found in commercial quantities in their sectors Read More

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Illegal arms importation: FG moves to tighten borders 

September 28, 2017 Blueprint 0

The federal government has inaugurated an 11-man committee to ensure that security operations at the country’s Air, Sea and Land borders are improved. The move is also part of efforts to ensure that the continued seizure of large cache of arms by the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) is reduced to the bearest minimum. Inaugurating the committee Thursday in Abuja, Minister Read More

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Buhari gives marching orders to security chiefs on threats to citizens

August 22, 2017 Blueprint 0

President Muhammadu Buhari has directed security agencies to nip all security threats in the bud, safeguard the life and property of all citizens and secure the country’s borders.   Addressing State House correspondents at the end of the National Security Council in Abuja, Chief of Defence Staff, General Gabriel Olonisakin, said the President reiterated his stance on the continued survival Read More

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Crisis resolution: Peace Corps personnel heads to U.S for training

August 15, 2017 Blueprint 0

The United States Peace Corps is set to train officers and men of the National Unity and Peace Corps (NUPC) in the area of peace building and crisis mediation in the country. Speaking with newsmen on Tuesday in Abuja, Commandant General of the NUPC, Dr Chinedu Nneji, said a delegation from his Corp is expected in the United States by Wednesday to outline modalities Read More