FROM DAILY SUN of February 16, 2016, comes the first set of blunders today: “…when in the hospital but died few (a few) minutes later.”
“The Command, (sic) will miss him for his gallantry performance while he held forth as the Area Commander….” City News: gallant performance or just gallantry
“A statement announcing Abdullahi’s appointment said he is (was) a banker of repute with experience in managing public finance.”
The following juvenile infractions are from a full-page advertorial by Abia Guardians of Equity as published in DAILY SUN of February 16: “We congratulate Dr. Okezie Ikepazu (sic), Governor of Abia State, for (on/upon) the decision of the….”
“…any hesitation to rally round Governor Ikpeazu will logically be interpreted to mean a private/person (personal) agenda different from the quest for a greater Abia.”
“Soldiers (Soldiers’) brutality: the beautiful or ugly saga (no question mark?)”
“Lagos sensitises against (to) domestic violence”
“Devaluation won’t bailout (bail out) our economy”
“Customs arrests 2 over (for) N18m imported frozen poultry”
“Genesis Shipping boss secures license (licence preferably) to float oil refinery”
“Pension funds hits (why?) N5.3 trillion…as PENCOM sets (set) to get the 60 percent informal sector covered”
“NPLF: Enyimba falls in Port-Harcourt (Port Harcourt),”
“The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has received series (a series) of complaints from customers of….” (Full-page press release by the CBN signed by Ibrahim Mu’azu, Director, Corporate Communications)
Lastly from the Back Page of DAILY SUN (Monday, February 20) under review: “The bitter truth is that this arrangement is an affront against (to) the Living God and it cannot stand.”
“In the eyes and reckoning of every Imo citizens, there has only been two administrations in the state.” Every Imo citizen or all Imo citizens…and this: there have (not has) only been two administrations in the state.
“NPA commends FG over (for) port reforms” (THISDAY, February 29)
“Nigeria’s aviation industry has witnessed some changes since the administration of late Musa Umar Yar’dua….” (Source: as above) The administration of the late….
“After four years of solid performance on the saddle…” Let God’s will be done: in the saddle.
“Some states have seized the opportunity to make waves….” It is only in America and Nigeria that opportunities are seized. In New (Formal/Standard) English environments, you either use or take opportunities. ‘Seize’ inseparably involves the use of some measure of force or even deployment of violence.
“Gowon, others pay last respect to….” No news: last respects
Yet another headline goof from the above edition: “Tantalizers fete (fetes) kids on Valentine’s Day” Tantalizers is just a company.
“Post election panel is illegal and diversionary” Get it right: Post-election panel illegal, diversionary
“It is perhaps in this light that the series of consultative meeting….” Folk (popular) etymology: the series of consultative meetings.
“In this regard, one must doff one’s hat for Chief Sylvanus Ogbonna….” This way: doff one’s hat to (not for).
“In the last elections, voters had to choose between three parties essentially….” ‘Between three parties’ is simply acidulous. Formal expression: among three parties….
“The security-men who arrested Chima were eight in number (what would ‘eight’ have been?) and arrived at about 10 a .m. in the morning.” Towards Standard English for readers: at 11.a.m or about 11a.m, if there is an element of uncertainty. To employ the two in one breath is irksome. How does this sound: ’10 a.m. in the morning’?
“Of course film-makers should also watch them so that the public can be told the videos are not some Hollywood make-belief.” My comment: make-believe.
“Pondering over the nation is the spectra of economic corruption and a descent into (to) chaos and anarchy.” Singular: spectrum and plural (spectra).
“It is therefore most expedient for ex-Generals like Olusegun Obasanjo and Ibrahim Babangida to re-examine its (their) role in government and take a honourable bow from politics.” A time to quit: an honourable bow.
“Even now, no talk of regional or sub-regional integration is complete in this continent without an echo from Nigeria.” Diplomacy: on the continent.
“…am convinced that what held the audience spell-bounded (spellbound) and excited was the fact of an Anglophone being able to tell him in their own language.”
“Instead, people compete and fall over one another for the crumbs and fallouts from the ‘high table’ (platform/dais/rostrum) and even defend the indefensible.” ‘Fallout’ is uncountable.
“…we swept them under the carpet pretending that all was well when in actual (what for?) fact we were heading towards apocalypse.”
“…others point out the moral ground for such action (an action), given Labour’s antecedents in the past.” ‘Antecedents in the past’? This is unacceptable for obvious reasons. One of these days, somebody would write ‘future antecedents’! Yank off ‘in the past’.
“As at 1985 there are (were) over 36,000 dams in the world with about 18,000 in China alone.”
“Are you therefore surprise (sic) to find mediocres promoted beyond their highest level of competency.” The noun form of ‘mediocre’ (an adjective) is ‘mediocrity’ or ‘mediocrist’.
“Statistics of African debt profile shows (show) that Nigeria owes about 15 per cent of the continent’s debt.”
“But none of these leaders coming with large (a large) retinue of people (would it have been of animals?) will agree that it is important to back-up (back up) their good wishes with concrete policy (a concrete policy or concrete policies) in the area of debt management for sustainable growth.”
“Within the 15 years of the four military regimes under review, Nigeria moved twice from one extreme end of the scale to the other in her (its) relation with other nations.” Either extreme or end. Both cannot co-function.
“General Babangida’s emergence on the scene brought an initial soothing balm in Nigeria’s foreign relations because of his early release of a transition programme.” ‘Soothing balm’ is offensive to good scholarship. What else, apart from soothing, would balm do?
“While the Chinese were still protesting the bombing of their embassy in Belgrade, NATO had gone ahead to bomb the Swiss embassy, causing damages (damage) to the Angolan embassy and hit (hitting) a hospital, among others.”
“What is laying a siege on (to) public wealth and traumatising all those who dared to point accusing fingers.” Delete ‘accusing’ because of its contextual redundancy. In addition, this: point the finger (stock expression).
“How does the separation of powers that are (is) discernible in Government textbooks operate in real life.”
“Just as the banning of books and newspapers give (gives) rise to an illicit trade in them….”
“Perhaps it may interest you to note that the average take home (a hyphen) pay of a fresh university graduate a month, in any of the Federal ministry (ministries), was slightly above N3,000.”