Below are the headlines found on The Blueprint Online Newspaper for today, Thursday, 29 March, 2018.

Thu, 29 Mar 2018
T.Y Danjuma is right
It’s high time we started telling ourselves the truth in this country. The statement from T.Y Danjuma is a good one because somebody needs to tell the government the truth. Since the government of Buhari came into power, there has been a lot of bad things happening in this country, especially in the north, and he should not expect us to vote him for a second tenure in office. We should arm and protect ourselves if the government can no longer live up to its responsibility of taking care of the citizens. The attacks on the the north is becoming too much and the truth is that the government has not really cared too and it’s only fair that every citizen should own a gun for protection.
Nathaniel Usman, a trader

Government is messing with Nigerians
Taraba State is really under attack by the Boko Haram sect. The kidnappings in this country also point to the fact that we are defenceless,apart from the statement that is credited to TY Danjuma. Whether we like it or not, there is no way the government can protect everyone. It is either you find a means to protect yourself or you wait for Boko Haram to come and kill you. I support the statement of Danjuma for us to protect ourselves, but the problem is if we can be allowed access to guns and ammunitions. In other countries, citizens get permit to own guns for protection, but we are so defenceless here in Nigeria.
Rita Adanna, a civil servant.

It’s all politics
Forget the statement by Danjuma, he is just making a political statement to still be relevant in government circles. There is no way it can be possible to protect ourselves from killers in Nigeria because we are as exposed to attacks as we can ever be. We just have to pray to God for protection because only He can be able to do anything for us. All the politicians in this country are only interested in making life miserable for us, so there is no way we can do anything than to put our trust in God.
Martha Ademola, a student.

Danjuma should be arrested
The statement from TY Danjuma is like a criminal revealing the secret of his gang. We all know his history. He was an active participant in the 1966 counter coup that installed Yakubu Gowon as the Head of State in Nigeria. He was also instrumental in the death of Aguiyi Ironsi, so he knows what he is talking about if he says that government is killing Nigerians. The only irony is that he doesn’t have the moral right for the statement. Had it been that it was from another Nigerian, then it would be worth considering. In fact, I suggest that Danjuma should be arrested because this statement is going to make a bad image of the government of Nigeria. There is no right government that would order an ethnic cleansing of a group it is supposed to protect, so Danjuma should think of another gimmick to bring the government into disrepute.
Rosemary Mbe, a political scientist.

A game of selfish interest
I am not surprised that TY Danjuma made that statement. He has been in the political circle and in the military, so he knows everything worth knowing about the working of government. However, I suspect that he has a guilty conscience and that he’s speaking up now because his state is involved. If not that Taraba State was attacked by Boko Haram, I wonder if he would have spoken up. Politics is a game of selfish interests,so maybe he is not getting what he is expecting from the Buhari government to warrant such an attack on the military.
Raphael Okon, a carpenter.

It is a state of anarchy
The request for Nigerians to arm themselves is very dangerous. It is calling for suicide because Nigerians like overdoing things. Before you know it, things will get out of hand because getting access to guns would lead to high crime rate. Moreover, the military is there to protect us and Nigeria will become a state of anarchy if we attempt to state protecting ourselves. There is no way the Boko Haram will kill everyone in Nigeria. I suggest that the military should intensify efforts to protect Nigerians and that government should prove Danjuma wrong by making Nigeria safe for us to live in.
Sule Bello, an artisan.

Thu, 29 Mar 2018
National Chairman of New Progressive Movement, Mustapha Bala Getso, believes corruption in Nigeria derives from a warped constitution that creates room for all manners of undemocratic behaviours and, therefore, should be the first thing to restructure for Nigeria to attain meaningful socio-economic and political advancement. PATRICK ANDREW reports

What is the mission of your party and since it is progressive one would have thought you would simple blend with others rather than set up a new party?
Well, progressive is not just in word, so I will take my time to give you insight on how we came about a political party. Three years back, I was a leader of students union and had conducted a convention of NANS and from there we went into as an association.
But we noticed that a common association cannot help the country move forward. It had been said for long that youth and young children are the future of Nigeria but it is clear that since the return of democracy things have not been going on well with us as a country. We observed that Nigeria is not working, things are not moving. Since independence things have not been done well in the country.
In fact, countries that secured independence after Nigeria have progressed and developed while Nigeria lags behind. So as a group we looked at it at the level of our constituencies never as a national body, so we decided to start from home to see how we can help youths to aspire within their constituencies, in fact help them because you can only help yourself help before you can think of helping others.
We went round seven political parties one offered us N300,000 just for us to do their biddings, another forbade us voicing out our position that we should be hidden and that before election the people in power will call us to give us our share in return for our support.
Thirdly, another party that have godfathers behind the scene also wanted us to join them. Under this arrangement even the national chairman would just a front without having the final say in the party. So, at the end, we became frustrated and provoked and from our investigation we realised that existing parties have vested interests that will really not help the country progress. Even the party in power was a no-go zone to us because all people are looking at it, even others that we thought of adopting to advance our ideologies were no good either.
So in 2016 we thought why not just go ahead and register as a political party and we decided to apply with three different names with the prayer that whichever one was registered may it be for the good of Nigeria and if not may it not be registered. We never really thought of this NPM as the likely one to be registered.
So essentially it was passion for the country that is the force behind our coming together at our youthful age to see what we can do for Nigeria, we were unmindful of culture, tribe, religion and other things.
Unfortunately, what brought about conflicts and suspicion in Nigeria is resort to faith in politics. If I want to contest I will approach you and put my faith ahead of competence and that is why our system is not working. In fact most politicians don’t look at competence but religion and tribe, which are divisive elements.

What is the ideology of NPM?
Our ideology is youth’s active participation in the management of the country not politics. Politics is just a platform for activation of our innovative ideas, which our aging parents don’t have. We are not against them but the truth is age is against them, they don’t have the energy and mental strength and the resourcefulness abundant in youth.
For instance, I have travelled to Sokoto and back to Abuja same day something most of our aging parents can 

Thu, 29 Mar 2018
A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress(APC), Mr. Akinlayo Kolawole, has urged Ekiti electorate to get their permanent voter cards (PVCs) handy and use it to elect credible candidate in the July 14 governorship election. He said he was uncomfortable with the revelation by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) that over 200,000 PVCs are yet to be claimed Read MoreThe post Vote out PDP, APC chieftain charges Ekiti electorate appeared first on . 

Thu, 29 Mar 2018
A House of Representatives aspirant from Katsina State, Alhaji Armaya'u Abdulkadir, has lauded the state governor, Aminu Bello Masari, for reforming the state civil service. Alhaji Armaya'u, a member of the All Progressive Congress (APC), made the observation yesterday in Kaduna stressing that the Governor's passion for reform has affected workers positively. Accordingly, he said this has enhanced productivity in Read MoreThe post Reps aspirant lauds Masari on civil service reform 

Thu, 29 Mar 2018
The Action Democratic Party (ADP) has accused the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) of undermining democratic principles in Nigeria as evident by the party's tenure elongation controversies. The ADP was reacting to President Muhammadu Buhari's rejection of the proposal of the NEC to extend tenure of its executive by 12 months. However, it expressed concerns that the president had Read MoreThe post APC undermining democracy in Nigeria ADP appeared first on . 

Thu, 29 Mar 2018
The Speaker of the Imo State House of Assembly, Acho Ihim, yesterday led 19 other members of the State House of Assembly to endorse the governorship ambition of the Chief of Staff to the governor, Chief Uche Nwosu. Ihim, who read the position of the lawmakers during a press conference at the Kelvic Suites in Owerri, said Nwosu was Read MoreThe post 2019: Imo Speaker, 19 others endorse Nwosu appeared first on . 

Thu, 29 Mar 2018
The Not Too Young To Run Ambassadors has given the states House of Assemblies, National Assembly and the executive arm of government 30 days to conclude the ongoing constitution amendment process. The President of the youth movement, Ambassador AbdulRasheed Yusuf, who gave the ultimatum, said the needed amendment would enable capable members of the younger generation to vie for Read MoreThe post Ambassador gives ultimatum on constitution amendment appeared first on . 

Thu, 29 Mar 2018
The Abia State working committee of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has suspended Chief Ikechi Emenike from the party over alleged anti-party activities. The APC said the decision to suspend the former governorship candidate of the defunct All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) was endorsed by the majority stakeholders of APC in the state. The party announced this through a press Read MoreThe post APC suspends Abia ex-guber candidate appeared first on . 

Thu, 29 Mar 2018
Elders in the Lagos State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) have thumbed up for President Muhammadu Buhari for declaring as illegal the tenure elongation of Chief John Oyegun and other members of the national executives. The elders spoke through their leader, Alhaji Tajudeen Olusi, said the decision to jettison the tenure elongation for national and state executives was Read MoreThe post Tenure elongation: Lagos APC thumbs up Buhari appeared first on . 

Thu, 29 Mar 2018
The only Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) member in the Lagos House of Assembly, Hon. Dipo Olorunrinu, (PDP Amuwo-Odofin Constituency I), has pleaded with the party hierarchy to give former Vice-President, Atiku Abukakar, a chance to run for the 2019 Presidential election. The member in a swift reaction to Atiku Abubakar's formal declaration of his intention in Port Harcourt when Read MoreThe post 2019: Lawmaker pleads with PDP for Atiku appeared first on . 

Thu, 29 Mar 2018
Ngo Kano state is coming up with all-inclusive Teacher Policy covering issues as diverse as teachers' attitude, quality assurance and continues professional development, with the support of development partners such as UK Department for International Development-funded Partnership to Reform, Engage and Learn (PERL) and the Educating Nigerian Girls in New Enterprises (ENGINE II) programmes. ADAM ALQALI writes Quality teaching is Read MoreThe post As Kano develops teacher policy appeared firs 

Thu, 29 Mar 2018
Chief Medical Director of the Yola Specialist Hospital, Bala Saidu, has said that crimes against women are on the rise in Adamawa and other North-east states. He stated this while speaking during the commissioning of a Sexual Assault Referral Centre, (Adamawa Hope Centre) in Yola on Tuesday, adding that the 'major crimes against women include rape, kidnapping, torture, molestation, Read MoreThe post Adamawa opens sexual assault centre as rape cases rise appeared first on . 

Thu, 29 Mar 2018
Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria (CSN) has urged the federal government to intensify efforts towards immediate and safe release of abducted Dapchi student, Leah Sharibu. Miss Sharibu was one of the 110 students abducted by the Boko Haram terror group from their school in Dapchi on February 19. In a statement by the Secretary General of the CSN, Ralph Madu, yesterday, Read MoreThe post Catholic secretariat demands Dapchi student's release appeared first on . 

Thu, 29 Mar 2018
At least 150 children were killed by malnutrition in Gombe state in 2017. This happened while they were on treatment at Community Management for Acute Malnutrition Centres across the four operational local government areas in the state from. The state's Nutrition Officer, Suleiman Mamman, disclosed this in an interview with the Premium Times in Gombe yesterday. Mamman said in 2017, Read MoreThe post Malnutrition killed 150 Gombe kids in 2017 ' Official appeared first on . 

Thu, 29 Mar 2018
Divisional Police Officer (DPO) in-charge of Utako in Abuja Muiucipal Area Council (AMAC), CSP Jimoh Gbenle, has urged religious leaders to team up with the police to nib crimes in the bud. He made the call recently in a chat with our correspondent while tasking both religious and community leaders to play significant roles to assist security agencies with Read MoreThe post Police seek religious leaders' cooperation against crime in Utako appeared first on . 

Thu, 29 Mar 2018
FCT Secondary Education Board (SEB) has charged non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in the Territory to pay attention to the education of the boy-child in order to ensure balance and equal representation in the matters affecting the boy-child in the society. A press statement by SEB spokesperson, Odugbo Sarah, at the weekend, stated that Board Member 1, Mr. Sunny Moniedafe, who Read MoreThe post Education board tasks NGOs on boy-child education appeared first on . 

Thu, 29 Mar 2018
Area commander of the Directorate of Road Traffic Officers (DRTS) in-charge of Apo/Gudu District, Mr Okonkwo Obiorah, has appealed to the officers to do their jobs without compromise with a view to enhancing effective traffic control in the Territory. Area commander, DRTS in-charge of Apo/Gudu District, Mr. Okonkwo Obiorah, stated this on Tuesday in a chat with Blueprint and Read MoreThe post DRTS commander appeals to officers on traffic control appeared first on . 

Thu, 29 Mar 2018
Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has vowed to clear all markets on road corridors, in order to prevent another Gosa Market theater in the Territory. It, however, charged its special committee headed by the coordinator, Abuja Metropolitan Management Council (AMMC), Umar Shuaibu, to involve operatives of the DSS and other security officials in its meetings, in order to achieve Read MoreThe post Bello frowns on trading activities on corridors, others appeared first on . 

Thu, 29 Mar 2018
The bad narrative and prejudice against Fulani herdsmen by other people tend to be the immediate remote causes of the Fulani and other tribes clashes. Herdsmen have been molested and butchered by the other tribes. Their only means of livelihood are killed and burned alive, to which the media and other government agencies have kept mute. No one says anything Read MoreThe post Herdsmen's dilemma appeared first on . 

Thu, 29 Mar 2018
When your master is your enemy, you are doomed. This saying reflects the true nature of the situation we found ourselves here in Nigeria for more than a decade now. It appears there are no much difference between those who seek to execute us and our leaders. At this crucial time, circumspection doesn't matter in making any dangerous move or Read MoreThe post Biting fingers that feed appeared first on . 
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