2023: Only youth inclusion, stakeholders’ engagement will guarantee peaceful polls – Jarrouje

November 20, 2022 Ikenna Okonkwo 0

A socio-political commentator, Mr. Charbel Olusanya Jarrouje, has stressed the need for enhanced youth inclusion and stakeholders’ engagement as a panacea for successful general elections in Nigeria come 2023. Mr. Jarrouje who spoke to Blueprint in Abuja also underscored the importance of robust sensitisation using various youth-friendly dispositions in a bid to forestall violence. He said already plans have been Read More

Still on the gang violence in Misau

August 28, 2022 Blueprint 0

On January 17, 2022, Blueprint newspaper published my article with the above caption, stating that residents of Misau local government area in Bauchi state are in dire need of urgent intervention from Bauchi state government and other security agencies; the needed attention to tackle the menace of Kwarawa gang violence. The aforesaid statement is of course a naked truth, Kwarawa Read More

Mitigating impact of violent crimes on women, children

December 10, 2021 Blueprint 0

As the country continues to battle rising crime rate ENE OSHABA examines the impact of violent crimes on women and girls amidst proliferation of small arms and light weapons. Amnesty International (AI) studies indicate that intimate partner violence and gun violence are inextricably linked, just as it impacts negatively millions of women, families, and communities across the US and other Read More

Osun 2022: Oyetola urges transport unions to eschew violence

November 3, 2021 Lateef Ibrahim 0

Osun State Governor, Adegboyega Oyetola, has appraled to the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), and other transport unions to sustain the peace that has existed in the state and eschew violence before, during and after the 2022 governorship election. Oyetola who spoke at the Nelson Mandela Freedom Park, Osogbo, during the endorsement rally organised for him by the Read More

The silent pandemic of gender abuse/domestic violence

November 3, 2021 Hawwah Jiddare 0

Is one of the cancers ravaging our society; yet remains one of the highly neglected and unacknowledged issues. I have always wondered why and how something so prevalent and destructive can be so ignored.Judging by the current available rate and statistics on domestic violence it sure does not seem like women are safe anywhere, not evenin their own homes. Cases Read More

You can’t win Anambra with propaganda, group tells Soludo

November 1, 2021 Editorial II 0

A political pressure group Coalition for True Democracy (CTD) has told the candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Professor Chukwuma Soludo to reach out to the people with issues of governance instead of spreading empty propaganda against his opponents. The group coordinator, Mr. Samuel Okolo stated this while reacting to a statement credited to Soludo, where he accused Read More

Anambra: Youth ambassador to US warns youths against political thuggery, ballox snatching

November 1, 2021 Tope Sunday 0

Ahead of the Anambra  state governorship election, the Nigerian Youth Ambassador to the United States and Secretary-General, Nigerian Youth Congress (NYC), Dr. Raymond Edoh, has warned the Nigerian youths against electoral violence. Also, he appealed to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to trend with caution while discharging its duties during the exercise so that the decision of the masses Read More

UN trains women on gender equality bill

October 31, 2021 Najib Sani 0

The United Nations Women under an intervention known as the EU-UN joint Spotlight initiative, has conducted a training for women in Film and Television international and Nigerian film/ TV industry professionals on ending violence against women, girls and gender equal opportunities bill. Spotlight Initiative is a multi-year program to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls and to Read More

Ochanya’s death: CSOs call for special court for rape cases

October 17, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

Two frontline Civil Society Organisations fighting against rape in Nigeria have demanded for a special court to handle cases of rape in the country. The groups under the aegis of Men Against Rape Foundation (MARF) and its parent organisation, Make A Difference Initiative (MAD) made the demand to mark the third year memorial of Ochanya Elizabeth Ogbanje, who died three Read More

Many injured, several vehicles damaged, as Ogun APC factional congress turns bloody

October 16, 2021 Hakeem Adegbenro, Abeokuta 0

The All Progressives Congress (APC) state Congress conducted  by the faction loyal to Senator Ibikunle Amosun was Saturday  invaded by thugs allegedly loyal to the governor’s camp. The thugs who were armed with dangerous weapons stormed the venue of the Amosun’s factional Congress at Ake Palace in Abeokuta, shooting sporadically, while party members at the venue took to their heels for safety. “They Read More

Ekiti 2022: Fayemi urges politicians to eschew violence

October 15, 2021 Ojo Oladele 0

Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti state has admonished politicians and their followers in the state to eschew violence by playing the game according to the rules. According to him, no political position is worth the blood of any individual. Governor Fayemi gave the advice Friday in Ado-Ekiti, while delivering a State-of-The-State Address on the floor of the House of Assembly, Read More

FG declares Tuesday public holiday to mark Eidul-Mawlid

October 15, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

The federal government has declared Tuesday October 19th, 2021 as public holiday to mark this year’s Eid-ul-Mawlid celebration in commemoration of the birth of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him). Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, who made this declaration on behalf of the federal government, congratulates all Muslim faithful both at home and in the Diaspora for Read More

IDGC: FCTA tasks girl-child to speak with one voice

October 12, 2021 Abdullahi Muhammad 0

The Federal Capital Administration(FCTA) has urged girl child to strive to bring back the much-needed healing, build bridges of reconciliation, mutual understanding, equity, fairness and justice that was fast fading in the country. The acting secretary, FCTA, Social Development Secretariat (SDS), Dr Kevin Ike, gave the advice at the 2021 International Day of the girl-child celebration, organised by the Helpline Read More

At IDGC, Nigerian girls demand end to GBV, rights violations

October 12, 2021 Ene Oshaba 0

To mark this year’s International Day of the Girl Child, Nigerian children Monday took over offices of the Ministers of Women Affairs and Education to demand for digital opportunities for girls and an end to Gender Based Violence (GBV). The children made their demands known while occupying the seats of the ministers for 30 minutes as part of activities to Read More

IDGC: AHF laments abuse of young girls, demands stakeholders’ intervention

October 11, 2021 Paul Okah 0

In celebration of the International Day of the Girl Child (IDGC), marked every October 11, an international organisation, the AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), has lamented the frequent abuse of young girls by adults, calling on stakeholders to intervene in protecting the girl child.Addressing participants at a workshop in Abuja Monday, the Director of Advocacy, Policy and Marketing, AHF Africa, Kemi Read More

D’Tigers players, others launch protest as fresh crisis hits NBBF, proposed election doubtful

October 10, 2021 Solomon Arowolo 0

Fresh crisis is brewing  in the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) following protest launched by the current and former D’Tigers players as well as other stakeholders. The stakeholders who staged a walk out from the an extra-ordinary Congress told Journalists that the Musa Kida-led caretaker committee refused to let any of them air his or her views. They also alleged that Read More

Open-grazing, VAT, others: Danger as North, South govs tango

…South blackmailing North for power shift – APC chieftain  …PDP’ll re-visit Bala-led c’ttee on zoning – Spokesman …Every country has its own peculiarities – Olujimi ‘…Anti-open grazing law’ll protect citizens’ ‘…VAT being used for North to cede presidency’ Ahead 2023 general elections, the battle of wits has started between the North and the South political elite with governors and ethnic Read More

Unity of Nigeria more important than 2023 – Kalu

October 6, 2021 Taiye Odewale 0

As most politicians are strategizing and jostling for different political offices ahead of 2023 general elections, the Chief Whip of the Senate, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu, has advised Nigeria’s unity is of more paramount important than the politics of 2023. Senator Kalu who represents Abia North in the Senate stated this in Abuja Wednesday while fielding questions from journalists after Read More

Anambra: Uba, APC cancel campaign flag-off ‘to honour victims of attacks’

October 2, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

The campaign flag-off ceremony of the All Progressives Congress (APC) scheduled to hold today ahead the forthcoming governorship election in Anambra state has been postponed to honour victims of various attacks. Governorship candidate of the APC, Senator Andy Uba, has said in a statement he personally signed. Uba said his party will not play politics with people’s lives, and added Read More

(Breaking) 61st Independence anniversary: Buhari exposes those sponsoring agitations, violence, preaches unity

Pesident Muhammadu Buhari has said  Nigeria must remain a strong and united country despite the current challenges.In a nationwide broadcast to mark the 61st independence anniversary, the president reiterated that the country’s unity is not negotiable. “Nigeria is for all of us. Its unity is not negotiable. And its ultimate success can only be achieved if we all come together with a Read More

NCAG disassociates self from planned protest against CBN, Buhari’s govt

September 19, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

The Nigerian Citizens Action Group (NCAG) has disassociated itself from the planned Monday protest against the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and President Muhammadu Buhari’s government. The group, which passed a vote of conference on Godwin Emefiele’s- led CBN and Buhari’s economic agenda, added that it is in possession of credible intelligence that some people are planning to launch unwarranted Read More

Security situation in West Africa gives causes for concern, by Ali Djawad

August 31, 2021 Ali Djawad 0

The bloody attack in the Ansongo Circle, Mali, that took place on August 8 shocked the international community: shortly before nightfall armed men arrived on motorcycles and opened fire on civilians of the villages of Ouattagouna, Karou, Dirga, and Daoutegueft. According to the Malian Armed Forces’ Directorate of Information and Public Relations (Dirpa), at least 49 people were killed in Read More

Farmers, herders’ crises: Expert tasks media practitioners on objectivity, stereotypes

August 31, 2021 Adeola Tukuru 0

As the spate of conflicts among farmer, herders continues across the country, Data and Science Journalist, Chikezie Omeje has called on media practitioners across the country to shun perpetuation of stereotypes in their reportage, stating that it doesn’t solve conflicts. Chikezie noted this at virtual workshop while delivering a 2020 Davis Projects for peace on Covering farmer-herder violence through data-driven Read More