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2019: Bagudu’s herculean task

May 26, 2018 Blueprint 0

  Following the gale of defections in recent times, the All Progressives Congress(APC) is waxing stronger by the day in Kebbi state but is patently wrong to say that Governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu is not likely to face any challenge in his return bid to the Government House. Although heavily depleted with the defection of the former governor, his deputy Read More

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Etsu Nupe blasts Niger on infrastructure decay

March 15, 2018 Editorial IV 0

Etsu Nupe and chairman of the Niger state Council of Traditional Rulers, Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar, has lambasted government for the underdevelopment of the state. According to him, almost all infrastructure, including roads, have collapsed to the detriment of the people. The monarch stated this yesterday at his Wadata Palace when he received in audience a new sociopolitical group of indigenous Read More

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Court orders final forfeiture of £578,080 to FG

February 6, 2018 Editorial IV 0

By Jerry Uwah Lagos A Federal High Court in Lagos has ordered the final forfeiture of the sums of £578,080.00 to the federal government of Nigeria. The forfeited sum was discovered by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in the account of a maritime firm, ZAL Marine Limited domiciled in Diamond Bank. EFCC told Justice Saliu Saidu that a Read More

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Kwara CP, Etsu Patigi insist SARS must stay

December 29, 2017 Editorial IV 0

By Umar Bayo Abdulwahab Ilorin Kwara state Police Commissioner, Lawan Ado and Etsu Patigi, Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar yesterday insisted on retaining the Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS) outfit of the Nigeria Police Force. They however supported the reorganisation of the outfit as directed by the Inspector General of Police, IGP Ibrahim Idris Kpotum. There has been clamour in some quarters Read More

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Gowon, Etsu Nupe call for greater national unity

December 18, 2017 Editorial IV 0

By Our Correspondent Former Military Head of State, Gen. Yakubu Gowon, and the Etsu Nupe, Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar, have called for concerted efforts by Nigerians to strengthen the country’s unity by building legacies of peace. The duo who were in Port Harcourt at the official inauguration of the palace of the Egbere-Emere Okori Eleme, His Royal Highness, Appolos Chu of Read More

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Gen Yakubu Gowon (retd), Etsu Nupe and Chairman, Niger state Council of Chiefs, Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar and other traditional rulers, during the inauguration of the palace of the Egbere-Emere Okori

December 18, 2017 Blueprint 0

From left: Former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon (retd), Etsu Nupe and Chairman, Niger state Council of Chiefs, Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar and other traditional rulers, during the inauguration of the palace of the Egbere-Emere Okori Eleme named after Etsu Nupe as a symbol of unity, Port Harcourt, River state at the weekend   Photo: NAN  

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Gov Aminu Bello Masari and Rt. Hon. Yahaya Abubakar Kusada at a rally organised in support of President Muhammadu Buhari and the Gov

November 15, 2017 Blueprint 0

Governor Aminu Bello Masari of Katsina state, left and the Speaker of the Katsina State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Yahaya Abubakar Kusada at a rally organised by the Daura Senatorial Zone chapter of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in support of the Katsina state APC’s endorsement of President Muhammadu Buhari and Governor Masari to be the unopposed candidate Read More

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Hon. Simon Lalong, Sen. Ita Enang, Alh. Yahaya Adoza Bello, Malam Muhammadu Musa Bello, others during the opening of Buhari Support Organisation’s Office

October 28, 2017 Blueprint 0

From right: Plateau state governor, Hon. Simon Lalong, Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on National Assembly Matters, Sen. Ita Enang, Kogi state governor, Alh. Yahaya Adoza Bello, Minister of FCT, Malam Muhammadu Musa Bello, Governor Muhammed Abubakar of Bauchi state and Alhaji Nasiru Danu (Dan Amanan Dutse), during the opening of Buhari Support Organisation’s new Head Office in Abuja, Read More

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Osinbajo declares Niger investment summit open today

August 14, 2017 Blueprint 0

Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, will today pay a oneday offi cial visit to Niger state. A statement issued He will be joined by former President Olusegun Obasanjo, immediate past military head of state, General Abdulsalami Alhaji Abubakar and Governor Abubakar Sani Bello to fl ag off Niger State Investment Summit holding in Minna, the Niger state capital. Th e Read More

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Complaints tribunal solicits residents’ cooperation

August 2, 2017 Blueprint 0

By Abdullahi Muhammad Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Urban and Regional Planning Tribunal (URPT) has received 90 complaints fi led by litigants since inception in 1996. Acting Secretary Yahaya Abubakar, who gave this revelation yesterday at a press briefi ng, said out of the number, 12 complaints were determined on their merit, 18 complaints was struck out for lack of diligent Read More

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FG’ll fix Ilorin-MokwaJebba road soon – Osinbajo

July 11, 2017 Blueprint 0

By Abdullahi M. Gulloma Abuja The flow of vehicular traffic on the Ilorin-Mokwa-Jebba road would be normalised within two weeks, Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, has said. Osinbajo said this yesterday when he visited the collapsed bridge on the Ilorin-MokwaJebba road for an on-the-spot assessment. He said the federal government has already commenced work to make the road passable pending the Read More

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Secession: We won’t tolerate internal, external threats – Osinbajo

June 21, 2017 Blueprint 1

Ooni warns US, others By Abdullahi M. Gulloma, Abuja and Lateef Dada, Osogbo Ahead of today’s meeting with governors of the 36 states of the federation to conclude his consultative sessions over persistent ethnic agitations in the South-east and the North, Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has affirmed federal government’s readiness to protect the nation’s territorial integrity. Speaking yesterday at a Read More

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Time to appoint Chief Imam for National Mosque

April 14, 2017 Blueprint 0

Okikiola  Qasim This is in response to ‘Time to appoint Chief Imam for National Mosque’, written by my intimate writer-friend, Ustaz Muhammad Ajah, published in Daily Trust, among other publications, on April 1, 2017. How I qualified the author of the piece I am responding to tells you there is no malice in the piece you are about to read. Read More

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LSI empowers physically challenged in Bida

February 1, 2017 Blueprint 0

A non-governmental organisation, Livelihood Support Initiative (LSI), has donated items worth over N100million to the 57-year-old Vocational Blind Training Centre in Bida, Niger state, for the advancement of the trainees at the centre. The group also rehabilitated the centre which was in a dilapidated shape to an international standard. Handing over the items to the Etsu Nupe, Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar, Read More

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Kure laid to rest amid tears in Minna

January 12, 2017 Blueprint 0

By Aideloje Ojo Minna The remains of former Governor of Niger state, Engineer Abdulkadir Kure, was yesterday laid to rest in his Minna home amid tears and wailing from admirers and associates. The body was first taken to the Minna Eid-prayer ground where it was received by a mammoth crowd for the Janaiza prayers led by renowned Islamic scholar, Sheik Read More

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Don’t compromise nation’s unity, stability, Etsu Nupe tells IGP

December 19, 2016 Blueprint 0

By Aideloje Ojo Minna Etsu Nupe and Chairman, Niger state Council of Traditional Rulers, Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar, has advised the Inspector General of Police, Alhaji Ibrahim Kpotu Idris, to work assiduously for the peace and unity of the nation, which according to him, cannot be compromised. The royal father gave the advice at the weekend while speaking at his 13th Read More

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Anniversary: Buhari, govs, monarchs hail Ooni

December 12, 2016 Blueprint 0

By Bashir Mohammed Kano Ooni of Ile-Ife, Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi (Ojaja II), at the weekend, received plaudits from President Muhammadu Buhari, governors and prominent Nigerians, including traditional rulers at his one year coronation anniversary. Represented by the Minister for Solid Minerals, Kayode Fayemi, the president described the Ooni as a “wound-healer” and a progressively-ordained personality. He said: “Ooni has healed Read More

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Bello urges monarchs to be watchdogs

October 31, 2016 Blueprint 0

By Aideloje Ojo Minna Governor Abubakar Sani Bello of Niger state has called on traditional rulers to remain the watchdogs of their domains in the maintenance of peace and to curtail any act capable of breaking law and order. Bello gave the charge at the weekend while presenting staff of office to the 17th Emir of Borgu, Barrister Muhammed Sani Read More

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Bello tasks Etsu Nupe on successful Hajj

August 15, 2016 Blueprint 0

By Aideloje Ojo Minna Niger state Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello, has charged   Etsu Nupe, Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar, who is the leader of the federal government’s delegation for this year’s Hajj, to ensure a hitch-free exercise. The governor stated this yesterday in Minna in a congratulatory message issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Malam Jibrin Baba Ndace, on the appointment Read More

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Sultan appoints Etsu Nupe as Amirul Hajj

August 9, 2016 Blueprint 4

By Sidi A. Umar Sokoto The airlift of 2016 Muslim pilgrims for this year’s hajj has begun in Sokoto state with 500 intending pilgrims  from Zamfara state for the inaugural flight. Speaking during the flag-off of the airlift at the Sultan Abubakar International Airport, President Muhammadu Buhari charged officials of the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) to be up Read More

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2016 Hajj: NAHCON rolls out safety measures

August 1, 2016 Blueprint 1

 Inaugural airlift begins August 8 By Musa Adamu Abuja To ensure easy identification in case of any emergency or health challenges, the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) has said that every pilgrim would be issued an electronic detecting device to be worn on the wrists on arrival in the holy land. Speaking during stakeholders’ conference at the weekend in Read More