The Time Has Come To Choose Wisely

The Time Has Come To Choose Wisely

–Blank NEWS Online (NIGERIA) –BySenator Kashim SHETTIMA: Being a keynote address at Support Group Conference, organised by Support Groups Management Council (SGMC), in honour of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu at International Conference Centre, Abuja, on January 17, 2022. I stand here today…

A SEASON OF POLITICAL ABLUTIONS

A SEASON OF POLITICAL ABLUTIONS

–Blank NEWS Online (NIGERIA): The year preceeding the general election year in Nigeria is always an interesting one. This is the time when political gladiators, both the serious and the pretenders, jostle for space in their political nests while seeking for attention…

RIGHT OF REPLY: Okowa Is Not Interested In Fighting Anybody -By Festus Bomo Patani

RIGHT OF REPLY: Okowa Is Not Interested In Fighting Anybody -By Festus Bomo Patani

–Blank NEWS Online (NIGERIA) – From Editor’s DESK: The recent write up by one Dr. Ejikeme Alphonsus Chukwuemika(@chukwuemika@gmail.com), titled: “THE OKOWA XMAS GATHERING AT OWA ALERO – Demigod On Stilt Against A King David”, is not only laughable but very childish and…

REJOINDER: MSD Decries Fred Latimore Oghenesivbe’s Spasms of Garrulous Belligerence

REJOINDER: MSD Decries Fred Latimore Oghenesivbe’s Spasms of Garrulous Belligerence

-Blank NEWS Online (NIGERIA) – From Editor’s DESK: The Movement for Stronger Delta (MSD) has expressed disgust and declared as unacceptable the tendency by the Executive Assistant to Delta State Governor on Communications, Mr. Fred Latimore Oghenesivbe, to periodically blackmail and paint…

TONY KABAKA AND THE ROAD TO DAMASCUS

TONY KABAKA AND THE ROAD TO DAMASCUS

–Blank NEWS Online (NIGERIA): Notoriety, bravado and the audacious use of extra-territoriality of state power gained traction and popularity with the dreaded Tony Kabaka as he reigned in the heyday of political thuggery and thundering that is often associated with electioneering campaigns…

BENIN REPUBLIC: A BULLY NEXT DOOR

BENIN REPUBLIC: A BULLY NEXT DOOR

-Blank NEWS Online (NIGERIA): The Democratic progression witnessed in the neighbouring country of Benin, which has served as a good example of democratisation in Africa since 1991, is gradually becoming a nightmare. This owes majorly to the clampdown on the opposition by…

Delta Central 2023: Legacy Of A True Leader

Delta Central 2023: Legacy Of A True Leader

–Blank NEWS Online (NIGERIA) –From Editor’s DESK: One of the most invaluable ingredients in food preparation for most reasonable people in the world over is salt, yet this essential product is not advertised. Its importance is known by all and sundry irrespective…

AFGHANISTAN: THE TALLEST TASK FOR THE TALIBAN

AFGHANISTAN: THE TALLEST TASK FOR THE TALIBAN

–Blank NEWS Online (NIGERIA) –By Austen AKHAGBEME: IT is always a different and strange experience when the hunter suddenly turned the hunted. The very reason why the vicious circle of violence may last longer than expected in crisis-ridden Afghanistan. As of today,…

KEN SARO-WIWA: 26 YEARS AFTER

KEN SARO-WIWA: 26 YEARS AFTER

–Blank NEWS Online (NIGERIA)  –By Azua ALONU: KEN SARO-WIWA had to follow the path his late compatriot Timothy Paul Birabi, a famous Ogoni nationalist inspired and formed the movement for the survival of the Ogoni people (Mosop) to fire up the flame…

ANAMBRA: THE SOLUTION CALLED SOLUDO

ANAMBRA: THE SOLUTION CALLED SOLUDO

-Blank NEWS Online (NIGERIA) –By Austen AKHAGBEME: PROFESSOR Chukwuma Charles Soludo is undoubtedly, a renowned personality. He is from a large tribe of public intellectuals known for their lucidity in juxtaposing hypotheses and theories against the naked reality of the Nigerian situation….

PDP, STABILITY AND THE NEW VIBES OF OPPOSITION

PDP, STABILITY AND THE NEW VIBES OF OPPOSITION

-Blank NEWS Online (NIGERIA) –By Austen AKHAGBEME: THE signals emanating from the recent concluded national convention of The People’s Democratic Party, PDP, shows a brighter light not only for opposition politics in Nigeria, but also for qualitative intra-party politics and stability. Amidst…

THE SUDANESE CRISIS: AN UNHOLY ALLIANCE

THE SUDANESE CRISIS: AN UNHOLY ALLIANCE

-Blank NEWS Online (NIGERIA) –By Austen AKHAGBEME : THE fragile peace and the mutual suspicion that has led to the loudest silence, between the military and their civilian counterparts in a novel power- sharing sovereign transition council, headed by General Abder Fattah…

DOPF Annual Lecture: Emmanuel Uduaghan’s Antidotes On Niger Delta Challenge

DOPF Annual Lecture: Emmanuel Uduaghan’s Antidotes On Niger Delta Challenge

-Blank NEWS Online (NIGERIA) –By Jerome-Mario UTOMI: IN a piece entitled; Banters in Lagos, Poverty and Disease in the Niger Delta, posted about four years ago, precisely in February 2018.  Aside from spreading out the needs, interests, aspirations and even their problems were…

Bashorun Askia Seeks Best Legal Practices For Nigerian Lawyers

Bashorun Askia Seeks Best Legal Practices For Nigerian Lawyers

–Blank NEWS Online (NIGERIA) –From Albert OGRAKA: NIGERIAN lawyers have been urged to appliy international best practices to distinguish themselves as legal practitioners of repute. Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission, DESOPADEC, Bashorun Askia Ogieh, FCNA,…

DELTA 2023: PUT YOUR HOUSE IN ORDER, BASHORUN ASKIA ADVICES URHOBO NATION

DELTA 2023: PUT YOUR HOUSE IN ORDER, BASHORUN ASKIA ADVICES URHOBO NATION

–Blank NEWS Online (NIGERIA) –From Editor’s DESK: THE Managing Director,/Chief Executive Officer of the Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission, DESOPADEC, Bashorun Askia Ogieh, has advised the Urhobo Progress Union, UPU, to put its house together ahead of the 2023 governorship…

Gbajabiamila Harps On Need For More Women Participation In Politics

Gbajabiamila Harps On Need For More Women Participation In Politics

–Blank NEWS Online (NIGERIA) –From Mike SOGBOLO: SPEAKER, House of Representatives, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila has said there is needto pave the path for a more equal, safer and more inclusive Nigeria where women can optimally and effectively contribute their own quota to…

MUCH ADO ABOUT THE COVEN IN KANO

MUCH ADO ABOUT THE COVEN IN KANO

-Blank NEWS Online (NIGERIA) –By Austen AKHAGBEME: JUST like the three witches in William Shakespeare’s classic play, Macbeth, Nigeria politicians from all geopolitical zones, came in thunder, lightning and in the rain; invited and uninvited, fair or foul, just to meet with…

ABBA KYARI: A FLY IN THE OINTMENT?

ABBA KYARI: A FLY IN THE OINTMENT?

–Blank NEWS Online (NIGERIA) –By Austen AKHAGBEME: TAFA Balogun was a heavily built, haughty and hawkish cop who once traverse the length and breadth of our policing world. He was a former Inspector General of Police, who fell from office shamefully, with…

BETWEEN PATRIOTIC PLATITUDE, EMOTION AND JUSTICE

BETWEEN PATRIOTIC PLATITUDE, EMOTION AND JUSTICE

–Blank NEWS Online (NIGERIA) –By Austen AKHAGBEME: AMIDST the many compounded issues surrounding the ongoing trials of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and Chief Sunday Adeyemo, alias Igboho, nationalistic ethos and fabricated echoes are almost always sounding like a broken record in our collective…

DAIRO’S DEADLY DIARY AND THE REST OF US

DAIRO’S DEADLY DIARY AND THE REST OF US

-Blank NEWS Online (NIGERIA) –By Austen AKHAGBEME: HE missed death by the whiskers. And by sheer bravery, Flt Lt Abayomi Dairo, the hero fighter jet pilot, soldier on in the bushes of death, trying to save a nation so ravaged by terrorism…

OF ROTATIONAL PRESIDENCY AND ELITE INSENSITIVITY IN RECENT TIME

OF ROTATIONAL PRESIDENCY AND ELITE INSENSITIVITY IN RECENT TIME

–Blank NEWS Online (NIGERIA) –By Austen AKHAGBEME: One of the major challenges of the Nigerian state, especially in a supposedly majoritarian rule such as ours, is the gross insensitivity of our elites to the real issue plaguing the nation. The mismanagement of…

2023: Elumelu Expresses Worry Over Voter Apathy, Suppression, Political Alienation, Extra-Civic Voting In Nigeria **Proffer Solutions

2023: Elumelu Expresses Worry Over Voter Apathy, Suppression, Political Alienation, Extra-Civic Voting In Nigeria **Proffer Solutions

–Blank NEWS Online (NIGERIA) –From Albert OGRAKA: RT. HON. NDUDI ELUMELU, Nigeria’s House of Representatives Minority Leader, yesterday expressed worries over the many factors promoting voter apathy, political alienation and voter suppression, as well as extra – civic voting patterns in Nigeria….

Application Of Technology Strengthens Democratic Process, Says Bashorun Askia

Application Of Technology Strengthens Democratic Process, Says Bashorun Askia

–Blank NEWS Online (NIGERIA) –From Albert OGRAKA, Warri: AGAINST the backdrop of the furore generated by the debate on the mode of transmission of election results, a wider application of information technology will strengthen the democratic process by reducing the impact of…

MAZI NNAMDI KANU: THE CARROT AFTER THE STICK

MAZI NNAMDI KANU: THE CARROT AFTER THE STICK

-Blank NEWS Online (NIGERIA) –By Austen AKHAGBEME: AMIDST the settling smoke of crossfire and the simmering waters of hate, vexation, rant, threat, abuse and wanton provocation in the Southeast between the government and IPOB agitators, the recent arrest and repatriation of Mazi…

NIGERIA: A NATION LOOKING FOR HER PAST (1)

NIGERIA: A NATION LOOKING FOR HER PAST (1)

-Blank NEWS Online (NIGERIA) –By Austen AKHAGBEME: IT is often said that when one is consistently nostalgic and desirous of the past, it is indicative of the fact that nothing is exciting about the present. Yet, this is where we found ourselves…

THE SOUTHEAST: A PEOPLE AND THEIR LEADERS

THE SOUTHEAST: A PEOPLE AND THEIR LEADERS

–Blank NEWS Online (NIGERIA) –By Austen AKHAGBEME: ONE of the most sensitive issues of discourse in Nigeria today is the security challenges in the South East. It is sensitive not because of the geographical location but the people, the enterprising and resilient…

JUNE 12: TODAY’S REALITY AND THE MISTAKE OF YESTERDAY

JUNE 12: TODAY’S REALITY AND THE MISTAKE OF YESTERDAY

-Blank NEWS Online (NIGERIA) –By Austen AKHAGBEME: THE nation Nigeria, did not begin from June 12 1993; but her elongated dilemma and potpourri of woes can be partly traceable to that hysteric and historic date. That was the day ethno-religious politics was…

THE MANY FIGHTS OF GOVERNOR EL’ RUFAI

THE MANY FIGHTS OF GOVERNOR EL’ RUFAI

-Blank NEWS Online (NIGERIA) –By Austen AKHAGBEME: IT has become very obvious that Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, the diminutive governor of Kaduna state, do not know how to choose his fights. When he’s not up ‘in arms’ against his Southern Kaduna people, or…

Nearly 50% of Pandemic Costs Will Fall on Advanced Economies, World Govt Summit Report Finds

Nearly 50% of Pandemic Costs Will Fall on Advanced Economies, World Govt Summit Report Finds

-Blank NEWS Online (NIGERIA): • World economy facing US$3.8 trillion economic hit, with half absorbed by wealthiest countries• New report ‘21 Priorities for Governments in 2021’ Identifies Five Areas in Post-pandemic Recovery A seminal report launched by the World Government Summit Organization…

PRESIDENTIAL SPOKESMEN: MOUTHPIECE OF DISHONOUR?

PRESIDENTIAL SPOKESMEN: MOUTHPIECE OF DISHONOUR?

-Blank NEWS Online (NIGERIA) –By Austen AKHAGBEME: IT is becoming increasingly nauseating, listening to our Presidential Spokesmen of late. From the vocal cords of Mallam Garba Shehu to the erstwhile intelligent but polluted mind of Deacon Femi Adesina, truth and reality has…

Mysterious Thunderstorm Kills Three In Delta

Mysterious Thunderstorm Kills Three In Delta

–Blank NEWS Online (NIGERIA) –From Michael EKOKORUWE: MYSTERIOUS thunderstorm has allegedly killed three persons in Delta state. According to anonymous sources, a young man known as Victory Emuobor was allegedly knocked out while playing football with other boys at Evoja primary school…

PRESIDENT IDRISS DÈBY: THE UGLY FOOTPATH OF AN AFRICAN LEADER

PRESIDENT IDRISS DÈBY: THE UGLY FOOTPATH OF AN AFRICAN LEADER

-Blank NEWS Online (NIGERIA) –By Austen AKHAGBEME: JUST as everything in life that has a beginning must come to an end, President Idriss Deby of Chad has met his Waterloo at the very frontline where he courageously went to visit his fighting…

ISA ALI PATAMI: BETWEEN SIN, PENITENCE AND FORGIVENESS

ISA ALI PATAMI: BETWEEN SIN, PENITENCE AND FORGIVENESS

-Blank NEWS Online (NIGERIA) -By Austen AKHAGBEME: FOR a growing economy such as ours, the ministry of communication and Digital Economy is a sensitive place for anyone to cast aspersion upon. But the youthful minister, Ali Patami, has helped to draw the…

NUJ President Isiguzo Gets Confidence Vote, As Union Dares FG On State Of Nation

NUJ President Isiguzo Gets Confidence Vote, As Union Dares FG On State Of Nation

-Blank NEWS Online (NIGERIA) –By Albert OGRAKA: Frowns @ Non Payment Of Journalists By Media Owners Wants Covid-19 Bail-Out Fund For Media Practitioners Urges FG To Rejig Security Apparatus Tasks FG To Tackle Electricity Supply Problems Condemns Soaring Unemployment Expresses Worry With…