The kind of grammar that Nigerian politicians and public office holders blow sometimes is out of this world and most of them say things that leave us discombobulated.
This is not about Patrick Obahiagbon or any kind of transmission…transmission issue. We’re talking about everyday language that public officials use during their interactions with Nigerians. You’ll need your dictionary for this one, but if you truly went to school, then you’ll be alright.
Among many lines that keep us scratching our heads, here are some of the big, funny grammars that Nigerian public officials use everyday.
- Mischievous and unscrupulous elements
This line is as epic as the stallions on our National Coat of Arms. Politicians and public servants use this line to describe people who engage in some mischief or untoward behaviour like touts, impersonators on social media and spreaders of fake news.
- The perpetrators will be brought to book
The matter is being investigated and the perpetrators will be brought to book is one expression that will never grow old with Nigerian police officers. They use it every time they are asked about their course of action after a crime has been committed. They will use it again this week. Pay attention, you’ll hear it.
- Heating up the polity
Politicians with opposing views in Nigeria often accuse each other of heating up the polity, especially during election period. One thing we don’t know is if the country is an oven, but we get it, the grammar makes it more alarming.
- Accidental discharge
The police normally use this phrase to explain their action after an unfortunate incident where they shoot and kill an innocent person. This is a subtle way of saying that the gun fired itself or that they had no intention of shooting the victim.
The rule of law is Sacrosanct — Nigerian Senators love this word! They are not the only ones though. Both lawyers and activists in Nigeria like to use the word in their firm request for justice and due process.
The list is endless, but that’s it. There are so many more terms and phrases that Nigerian public officials use daily, but these five stand out the most for us.
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