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The Guardian’s wobbly editorial on TAN

By Dan Amor It would be recalled that The Guardian started off in 1983 as a distinct publication, very solid and dynamic, yet aesthetically illuminating. The editorials of the paper were works of craftsmanship and serious scholarship. Indeed, the Editorial Board could boast some of the best informed minds in the country, parading both the ideological extremes and the centrists who ...

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Writing and the challenge of getting started

CHECKPOINT

By Dan Amor One unique problem the beginner is faced with today is how to develop an idea for a story or a poem, or even an essay, of a considerably high literary standard. It is, however, a problem not limited to the present age alone. It is said that while Samuel Taylor Coleridge on his own confessed giving up ...

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Another game without rules

By Dan Amor The game is up. We are midway into the climax. But there appears to be no rules for the game. Yet the players are jostling for action and attention. What manner of game is this? Is it another game of blame? What evidence do we have on ground to prove that this game is free from equivocation ...

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Delta 2015: The Tony Obuh Challenge

By Dan Amor Is one of Nigeria’s prime states, not only because of its status as one of the core Niger Delta states that produce oil in large quantity for Nigeria but also because of the quality of governance the state has witnessed since the current civilian political dispensation began in May 1999. Under its immediate past governor, Chief James ...

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Why TAN is organizing national rallies (II)

By Dan Amor In culture and tourism, he is the  most supportive President in the Movie industry who provided a support fund of N3 billion for Nollywood. Before the rebating that made the Nigerian economy Africa’s largest with GDP of $510 Billion the administration had doubled tax revenue to N4.8 trillion in four years and had seeded Sovereign Wealth Fund ...

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Why TAN is organizing national rallies

By Dan Amor In the past six months of its stringent activism in the advocacy space during which it has successfully dwarfed all superlatives, the Transformation Ambassadors of Nigeria (TAN) has been unambiguous as to what it stands for. No doubt, the organization has consistently told Nigerians that as a public trust, it will surely outlive even the Goodluck Jonathan ...

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The N50 bn Terror Victims Support Fund

By Dan Amor As a mark of solidarity for the Goodluck Jonathan led Administration, the organised Private Sector in Nigeria Thursday July 31, 2014, once more demonstrated an unabashed commitment to the Nigerian Project when the stakeholders pulled together the sum of sixty billion naira (N60B) to support the N50 billion Terror Victims Support Fund. The money was about N10 billion ...

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Akpabio’s inconsequential attackers

By Dan Amor As epitomized by our national culture in which we shamelessly advertise our greed and invidious penchant for disrespecting constituted authorities with impunity, the countdown to the 2015 general election has once more triggered the politics of hate across the country. In none of the 36 states has this politics of rancour and acrimony been so pronounced like ...

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Donatus Igbeng: 1938 – 2013

By Dan Amor Undoubtedly, the news of the transition to eternal glory of the urbane and cerebral teacher, Mr. Donatus Igbeng (KSM), frontline tutor, educationist, Christian leader par excellence and community leader, on Wednesday September 4, 2013, came to all his friends, former students and lovers of education with a rude shock. He died in his home town, Ngarabe Clan ...

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Deportation: Use and misuse of language

By Dan Amor Whereas it is sad that the Igbo and Yoruba have once more found themselves in an open show of shame, at least in the media, due to mismanagement of information arising from the recent deportation of some Nigerians of Igbo extraction from Lagos to Onitsha, it is most unfortunate that the situation was aggravated by elements in ...

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Delicate Distress: A review

By Dan Amor A two hundred and thirty-six page book written by Dr. Amanze Obi, literary scholar, critic and journalist, who until recently was chairman of the Editorial Board of the Sun Group of Newspapers and published in 2013, is an engrossing tapestry of the Nigerian condition. Drawing afflatus from history, politics, philosophy, culture and every day experience, Delicate Distress: ...

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Issues in the power shift debate

By Dan Amor Anyone living in Nigeria especially immediately before the death of President Umaru Musa Yar’ Adua when Dr. Goodluck Jonathan (then Vice President) assumed his acting position as President following the “Doctrine of Necessity” hypothesis by the Senate and his eventual swearing in as substitutive president on the death of Yar’ Adua, would agree with this writer that ...

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Is Gov. Rochas Okorocha a magician?

By Dan Amor, 081 5180   8817 (sms only pls) danamor67@yahoo.com It was a delectable spectacle as a multitude of compatriots and citizens of Imo State converged on the multi-thousand capacity Heroes Square in the ancient City of Owerri, the Igbo heartland to fraternize and celebrate with an uncommon achiever and benefactor of the New Generation of Nigerians youth, Owelle Anayo ...

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Jonathan vs. Amaechi: Authority abuse

By Dan Amor , 081 5180   8817 (sms only pls) danamor67@yahoo.com Another term for “authority abuse” is “toxic leadership”. This ugly phenomenon exists when leaders put themselves first and try to glorify themselves rather than God who put them in that position of leadership in the first place. When this happens, the leaders become abusive, with pride as their ...

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Who is Afraid of press freedom?

By Dan Amor, 081 5180   8817 (sms only pls) danamor67@yahoo.com Before the advent of the present dispensation, Nigeria was literally run by buccaneers who plundered the nation’s till into private use and built empires over the painful anxieties of the people. Upon assumption of office the present crop of leaders promised to make Nigerians put the pains of the past behind ...

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Many Andrews are still checking out

By Dan Amor SMS: 081 5180   8817 (sms only pls) Email: danamor67@yahoo.com It sounds very much like an apocryphal tale. But it is true that the joke is once again on the Nigerian society. What I am saying is that Nigeria is constantly losing batches of experts to the larger world. Thousands of highly trained medical doctors and other professionals are ...

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Illegal detention camps and graves

By Dan Amor, Email: danamor67@yahoo.com   Nigerians have, indeed, had more than their fair share of tragedies in recent times. Of late, stories of isolated acts of uncontrolled lawlessness and violence abound in the country. Like a scripted drama rolled out of the make-belief world of science fiction, detectives from the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the Oyo State Police Command a ...

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Curbing the menace of student cultism

By Dan Amor,  081 5180   8817 (sms only pls) danamor67@yahoo.com It is a matter of deep regret and embarrassment to the society at large that Nigeria’s tertiary institutions have remained theatres of the absurd – a killing field of the most bestial type – in the name of secret cult. The killing on February 28, 2013, of Olaniyan Damilola ...

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Who is afraid of Ojukwu’s edifice?

By Dan Amor , 081 5180   8817 (sms only pls)danamor67@yahoo.com The wicked and most callous demolition of the multi-billion naira Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu Library and Monument in Owerri recently by unknown assailants must be condemned by all well-meaning Nigerians. No nation among the third world countries makes a stronger claim on the interest and sympathy of Africans than ...

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Appraising Cross River’s new industrial status

By Dan Amor 081 5180   8817 (sms only pls) danamor67@yahoo.com The recent statement credited to the Hon. Minister of Information, Mr. Labaran Maku that Cross River State is quietly transforming into a new industrial hub of the West African sub-region having attracted several Euro-American manufacturing companies to set up shops,  could not have come at a more opportune moment. ...

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Rise and fall of the party system

By Dan Amor, 081 5180   8817 (sms only pls) danamor67@yahoo.com That the party system has failed in Nigeria is no longer news. What is paramount is the fact that if nothing is done to alleviate the situation, this democracy will collapse again. Yet, without a painful historical analysis of the evolution of the party system in our country, we may ...

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On the wings of history

By Dan Amor , 081 5180   8817 (sms only pls) danamor67@yahoo.com Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaketh. So goes the biblical saying. And so, it is possible to draw a cognate analogy between these celebrated landmark speeches of Obong Godswill Akpobio, CON and the focus of his vision for his people. In content and purpose ...

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Nigeria: A Nation of 160million Fools

By Dan Amor , 081 5180   8817 (sms only pls) danamor67@yahoo.com When the Union Jack (the British flag) was, at the glittering mews of the Tafawa Balewa Square, Lagos on October 1, 1960, lowered for a free Nigeria’s green-white-green flag, gloriously fluttered in the sky by the breezy flurry of pride and ecstasy, it was a great moment pregnant ...

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Nigeria: A revolution postponed

By Dan Amor,  081 5180   8817 (sms only pls) danamor67@yahoo.com A few years back, on Wednesday July 7, 2010, to be precise, on the occasion of the public presentation of his book: Colonialism in Africa: Ancient and Modern,  published in two volumes, Ben Nwabueze, erudite scholar and Emeritus Professor of Constitutional Law, openly advocated for a bloody revolution in Nigeria. Just ...

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The parable of the judge

By Dan Amor , 0802  359  7734 (sms only pls)danamor67@yahoo.com In an apparently naïve fashion, this is a fable about the cat, the weasel and the little rabbit. If you are a modern day spectator of the current political drama in our country, then this miniature tale should be familiar enough. The weasel has taken over the rabbit’s dwelling place ...

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