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Fuel crisis: The only way out for NNPC

February 21, 2018 Editorial IV 0

I have read a lot about the current fuel crises but have not seen a lot of suggestion on how to resolve the issue apart from calling NNPC to repair the existing refineries and building new ones. It will take 12 months to repair the refineries, about 48 months to build a new one and 18 months to build a Read More

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That National Mosque sermon By Muhammad Ajah

February 20, 2018 Editorial IV 0

  The Friday sermon delivered penultimate week by the administrative head of the National Mosque, Professor Shehu Ahmad Said Galadanci, was striking and remains part of the pivots of salvation to the Muslim Ummah of Nigeria. It was quite inspiring, although I am yet to come to terms with the actual designation. The Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), Read More

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FG Delegation, Gov Shettima, National Assembly Members Condole COAS on the Demise of his Father in Maiduguri

February 9, 2018 Blueprint 0

The National Security Adviser NSA, General Babagana Monguno retired has led a federal government delegation to Maiduguri Borno state to condole the Chief of Army Staff COAS, Lt. General Tukur Yusuf Burutai over the death or his father Friday early morning after a brief illness while on bed at the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital UMTH. The leader of the Read More

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Molestation: Group petitions Zamfara NSCDC

January 8, 2018 Editorial IV 0

By Sanusi Muhammad Gusau The Coalition of Civil Society Network (CCSN), a Zamfara state-based none governmental organisation, has petitioned the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC), Zamfara state command over what it described as the “molestation and intimidation” of one Bello Aliyu Shatan Zamfara, allegedly beaten by officers and men of the command on civil matter reported in Gusau Read More

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Nigerians’ living condition is getting worse — Balarabe Musa

December 30, 2017 Blueprint 0

During the 2015 campaign, All Progressives Congress(APC) had promised to improve the living condition of Nigerians. In this interview with IBRAHEEM MUSA, former governor of Kaduna state, Alhaji Balarabe Musa said that Nigerians are groaning under the APC-led administration almost three years down the road. In addition, the leader of the Peoples Redemption Party(PRP) spoke of his party’s plans to Read More

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…As Senator Marafa battles Yari over Zamfara REC nominee

December 5, 2017 Editorial IV 0

Going by the decision of the Senate last week, the battle line, it seems, may have been drawn between Governor Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara state and Senator Kabiru Marafa (APC, Zamfara Central) over consideration of Barrister Ahmed Bello Mahmud as nominee for the position of Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in the state. In this piece, TAIYE ODEWALE examines the issues Read More

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Murshid of Abuja National mosque Resumes

December 2, 2017 Blueprint 0

  The newly appointed Murshid of the Abuja national mosque, Prof. Shehu Said Galadanchi has called on the Muslim Ummah to always remain conscious Allah and conduct themselves only within the limits of what Islam has made permissible. Speaking to journalists shortly after leading his first Jumaat prayers in his capacity as the Murshid (administrator) of the national mosque Prof. Read More

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2019: Have APC governors abandoned Buhari?

October 21, 2017 Blueprint 0

By Ibraheem Musa, Bode Olagoke, Oyibo Salihu and Daniel Agbo– The beautiful bride On the campaign trail, General Muhammadu Buhari was the toast of every aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress(APC) as most of those vying for the state and National Assembly tickets, including gubernatorial aspirants, claimed to be his anointed candidates. At that time, former Vice Read More

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Gov Abubakar: More garlands for a reformer

August 14, 2017 Blueprint 0

On August 1, 2017, eminent Nigerians across political parties under the banner of Inter-party Advisory Council (IPAC) gathered at the Shehu Musa Yar’Adua Centre in Abuja and honoured Governor Muhammad Abdullahi Abubakar of Bauchi state .Th e occasion was chaired by former Vice President Atiku Abubakar. Th e award was in recognition of the governor’s political tolerance and conduct of Read More

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Not too young to run

July 24, 2017 Blueprint 0

By BALLASON Gloria Mabeiam At Brockton, a young councilor stood up to speak. His job entailed but not limited to ensuring the roads in his locality were fi xed, trash was picked and that the people’s concerns were attended to. Urbane and articulate, he went on with an unmistakable passion and exuded knowledge for his job that belied his young Read More

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JNI worried over almajirai kids, backs FG’s anti-graft war

June 1, 2017 Blueprint 0

By AbdulRaheem Aodu Kaduna The Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI), has expressed worry over the growing number of almajirai children wandering around Northern cities, just as it backs the federal government’s anti-corruption war. According to the apex Islamic organisation, fighting corruption is in line with the Islamic injunctions of Amr bil ma’aruf wan nahy anil munkar, which is recommending the doing Read More

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Anti-graft war: Who’s next after Lawal?

April 21, 2017 Blueprint 0

In this piece, BODE OLAGOKE analyses how the suspension of Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF),  Babachir David Lawal, will reinforce  the anti-graft war of President Muhammadu Buhari For Engr. Babachir David Lawal, the suspended Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), his suspension over alleged complicities in contract scam through the Presidential Initiative on North East Read More

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Tribute to my role model, Onukaba

April 18, 2017 Blueprint 0

Abubakar Jimoh Two years ago when I wrote a griping, moving and well published tribute on my late lecturer and university of Ibadan trained erudite Professor of Political Science, Kunle Amuwo, I had prayed fervently against death’s unkindest and untimely cut on our beloved ones. I had bemoaned and agonized over the litany of bereavements including the tragic death of Read More

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Democracy on trial: President’s men, Senate tango

March 27, 2017 Blueprint 0

Last week, the SGF accepted to honour Senate’s invitation, having earlier shunned same, to explain some alleged irregularities in contract execution in the North East, in breach of the Public Procurement Act.  This is in addition to the face-off between the Red Chamber and the Comptroller-General, Nigeria Customs Service, Col. Hameed Ali (rtd) on the one hand and the EFCC’s Read More

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Buhari and the liars within

March 13, 2017 Blueprint 0

Prince Charles Dickson Ronald Reagan once said, “Government is like a baby, an alimentary canal with a big appetite at one end and no sense of responsibility at the other end”. And I add a big head that thinks it knows it all and then treat us all like the anus that brings nothing but…forgetting that a closed anus is Read More

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Immortalising Adinoyi Onukaba Ojo

March 8, 2017 Blueprint 0

On Sunday we lost a journalism giant and colossus. I cannot claim to know him closely enough to write about his lifetime and career. However Dr Adinoyi Onukaba Ojo’s reputation, which was clearly ahead of him, gave me a glimpse into his person, until recently. Besides, as a senior colleague — I started my journalism career in the late 1980s Read More

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I am not arrogant, pompous – Umma

September 5, 2016 Blueprint 0

Umma Shehu is an award-winning Kannywood actress who is barely a year-old in the industry has become a household name within the Hausa film viewing community. Last year, she won the City People Magazine’s award for Best Upcoming Actress and Best Supporting Actress of the same magazine this year. In this interview with ALIYU ASKIRA, Umma says she is friendly, Read More

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Why I cried at the City People Award – Umma Shehu

October 12, 2015 Blueprint 0

Umma Shehu got educated at Sheik Abubakar Gumi College Kaduna and School of Health Technology also in Kaduna before meeting Tijjani Asase, an A-grade Kannywood actor who introduced her into Hausa Movies proper. So far the fast rising actress featured in successful films like: Hawan Dare, Dare Daya Sa-insa mafiya, wutar Kaikayi, Maliya and Da’ira. Her stunning role has made Read More