Â EXPRESSION AND PERSPECTIVE
With Ebere Wabara, email@example.com, 08055001948
PLEASE note that â€œevidenceâ€ is both countable and uncountable, but, in a law case, we correctly say or write: a piece of evidence/pieces of evidence, some evidence/enough evidence/a mass of evidence, etc. We cannot afford to have the mediocre. The mediocre cannot teach/communicate is correct. â€œReoccurâ€, like â€œreoccurrenceâ€, is Americanism; â€œbus stationâ€ is Briticism while â€œMotor Parkâ€ is Nigerianism. â€œHost-guestâ€ is Briticism while â€œinvitor-inviteeâ€ is Americanism. Usage is king. Keep smiling!
Did you know that â€˜write meâ€™ as contained in the Saturday PUNCH of September 2 is American English, while the formal (standard) form is â€˜write to meâ€™?
â€œRound-the clock news from around the worldâ€ Adjectival entry: Round-the-clock news
â€œAjimobi commissions (auspicates, inaugurates, opens, establishes, launches, initiates, unveilsâ€¦) Asejire water plant, 17 years afterâ€ The verbal context of â€˜commissionâ€™ here is utterly wrong and shows a poverty of vocabulary. I do not understand why journalists keep fumbling ridiculously and lousily with this word every day despite innumerable corrections here!
â€œKatsina PDP: Why late (the late) President Yarâ€™Aduaâ€™s close associates are defecting to APCâ€
â€œIt is in the interest of the nation (Nigeria is a countryâ€”not a nation, by the way) that the press should at all time (times) expose corrupt officersâ€¦.â€
â€œâ€¦to the consternation of majority (a majority) of the citizens who look up to such businesses to serve public needs.â€
â€œAdministrator advocates more scholarships for indigentsâ€ When did â€˜indigentâ€™, an adjective, become a noun?â€
â€œPeople who cannot read or write and who have never seen the four walls of a secondary schoolâ€¦.â€ Education Today: the walls (not four walls)!
â€œRight sizing the civil service: A more realistic approachâ€ Spell-check: rightsizing
DAILY SUN of September 4 fumbled on two occasions: â€œThese big masquerades (masqueraders) entered the world and destroyed sacredâ€¦.â€ Once more, masqueraders wear masquerades, masks, etc.
â€œMan remanded over (for) alleged killing of wifeâ€
THE NATION ON SUNDAY MAGAZINE of September 3 disseminated just two solecisms: â€œâ€¦in this piece pays tribute to one of Africaâ€™s notable poet (poets) as he enters the winter of life.â€
â€œSmall business start ups tipsâ€ Get it right: start-up tips
â€œIts (Itâ€™s) been 7 years since you left us but memories of you lingers (linger) in our hearts.â€ (Full-page advertisement, The PUNCH, December 6))
â€œCongratulationsâ€¦for (on/upon) participating in the National Growth Challenge September to December 2015â€¦sponsored byâ€¦.â€
DAILY TRUST of September 4 comes next: â€œBorno reviews 24hrs (sic) curfewâ€ and â€œIgbo community in Kano elects new officersâ€ This way: 24-hour curfew/24 hoursâ€™ curfew. The community elected officials (not the otiose â€˜newâ€™)â€”if they were old officials, you re-elect!
â€œJapanese diplomat arrested over (for/in connection with) fire at DRC embassyâ€
â€œTorching (Touching) lives of orphans through sportsâ€
THE NATION ON SUNDAY of August 27 disseminated four infractions: â€œCampaigners accuse Shell over (of) weaponsâ€
â€œAregbesola, Tinubu, Oritsejafor pay last respect (respects) toâ€¦â€
THISDAY, THE SATURDAY NEWSPAPER, of August 17 also circulated four improprieties: â€œFG hands tanker drivers 48hrs (48 hrsâ€™) ultimatum to relocate from MMIAâ€ By the way, what difference would it have made spelling out â€˜hoursâ€™?
â€œIn its stead comes a mind-blowing display of opulence that has suddenly taken a firm root among the elite and nouveau richeâ€¦.â€ Singular: nouveau riche; plural: nouveaux riches
â€œBefore now, weather forecasts from NIMET were never taken serious (seriously) becauseâ€¦.â€
Lastly from THE SATURDAY NEWSPAPER: â€œAs part of the build up (build-up) to the eventâ€¦.â€
The PUNCH of August 16 published a few mistakes: â€œAt least one person was feared killed on Thursday morning when a 12-man armed bandits (12-man gang of bandits) struck atâ€¦.â€ â€˜Banditryâ€™ involves the deployment of a measure of violence with sharp objects/instruments/weaponry during robbery. So, â€˜armed banditryâ€™ is sheer verbosity! Of course, robbery and armed robbery
â€œTrump condemns crack down (crackdown) on Cairo protestersâ€
Lastly from the Back Page of The PUNCH under review: â€œâ€¦whereas they are kept at armsâ€™ length.â€ Friday musings: armâ€™s length
â€œâ€¦said that the aforementioned are (were) the younger generation of leaders who failed the nation.â€ (DAILY SUN, August 14)
DAILY SUN of August 7 goofed three times: â€œState of emergency has restored normalcy in (to) Northâ€
â€œNIMASA alerts ships (ship owners, you mean?) on (to) danger spotsâ€
The Guardian of August 6 committed copious offences beginning from its front page; â€œBesides, the state government on Sunday began the fumigation and clearing of drainages in six areas of the Maiduguri metropolisâ€¦.â€ Conscience, nurtured by truth: â€˜drainageâ€™ is uncountable.
â€œBank of Englandâ€™s rate policy may highten (heighten) inflationâ€
â€œMaid set ablaze dies in hospital, as police pledges (pledge) justiceâ€
Now The Guardian Editorial: â€œThey may not have triumphed in their efforts to (at) nation-building….â€
â€œYour wise counsels and dogged commitment to the progress and unity of this nation has (have) remained exemplary.â€ â€˜Counselâ€™ is a non-count noun.
â€œSome alleged without proof that Tinubu was the force behind Bamidele in his determination to confront Fayemiâ€¦.â€ (THISDAY, August 3). If the word â€˜allegeâ€™ means â€˜to assert something without any proofâ€™, then delete â€˜without proofâ€™ from the extract!
â€œMEDIA Gaffesâ€ is the editorâ€™s purgative. I agree with you that politicians run â€œneck and neckâ€ (not neck-to-neck), but may also run â€œhead-to-head.â€
(Kola Danisa, 07068074257)
The â€œSocial Circuitâ€ in THE NATION described celebrity stylist Veronica Odeka as â€œmost sort after.â€¦â€ It should be â€œsought afterâ€ (Credit: as above)
MY brother Ebere, â€œcelebratorâ€ or â€œcelebrantâ€, like â€œenquiryâ€ or â€œinquiryâ€, is becoming similar in United States and United Kingdom. In the future, the word â€œcelebratorâ€ might be outdated because it also refers to a special beer, dopplebuck beer, and with apology, a satisfied â€œsex lifeâ€ using a Clito-vibrator! Latest research by Jose Carillo, February 2013 citing authorities in lexicography/American Heritage DIC (AHD), has overtaken Merriam Webster/Oxford online definitions of â€œcelebratorâ€. However, current Oxford dictionary also defines â€œcelebrantâ€ (American English) as someone celebrating something e.g. a party. â€œCelebratorâ€ is omitted. But will it be old-fashioned? Time will tell. Cheers!
(Sunny Agbontaen, Benin City, 08055162531)
Andy Uba: A Date with Destiny
olitics is a house built with bricks of assumptions; it is an easy house to build and anybody can build it. Its construction is subject to the law of the bricklayer; put one brick on top of the other and a house is built
These assumptions however, rest on two fallacies: that politics is an art of the attainable and success in it takes no more than the knowledge of bricks and mortars.
Those who accept these assumptions as self-evident however, get frustrated when one plus one adds up inexplicably to four. Politics is not a monument, an Ogbunike cave chuckling at the ravages and passage of time. It is merely a series of experiments in responding to peopleâ€™s social views, beliefs and expectations in how they feel at one time or the other, their individual and collective interests can and ought to be served.
It is this desire, the urge to serve and contribute to the socio-economic emancipation and political development of Ndi-Anambra in particular and Nigeria in general that drive the man, Uba. Like the scientist, Archimedes, he wants a firm spot to stand in order to move the world. Andy Ubaâ€™s profound ethical disposition, sound philosophical belief, deep sense of loyalty, compassion and dedication to his fatherland even as a committed member of the diaspora community endeared him to the former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, who consequently appointed him as his Special Assistant on Special Duties and Domestic Affairs where he served impeccably until 2006 when he thereafter, contested and won the 2007 governorship election in Anambra State but was compelled to relinquish the position by a court order due to his enormous respect for the rule of law.
From the 7th Senate, Uba has remained a notable player in the nationâ€™s political calculus. His contribution to the success of the 7th Senate was exceptional and worthy of note. He served as the Chairman Senate Committee on INEC (Independent Electoral Commission) charged with the responsibility of amending existing electoral laws to achieve a free and fair elections nationwide, where he and his committee worked tirelessly engaging INEC, civil organisations and other stakeholders to secure some comprehensive amendments to the 2010 electoral act which gave more stability to the administrative structure of INEC by making them more independent.
One fact his traducers cannot dispute is that Uba does not seek power to enrich himself. This probably underscores his appointment as the Senate Committee Chairman on Public Account by the present 8th Senate.
As a testimony to Ubaâ€™s political sagacity, Chief Perry Opara, the National Chairman of the National Unity Party in his support for Ubaâ€™s candidacy for the November 18 governorship election in the state said, â€œUba will be a bridge builder between the South-East and the rest of Nigeria. He will bring peace and stability to Igboland and be a link to the federal government in attracting federal presence to the South-East zone and Anambra in particularâ€.
As a fallout to the recent APC primary in the state for the governorship election, various concerned APC groups are calling for the cancellation and rejection of the â€œWinnerâ€ as according to them, his emergence is suspicious and he is incapable of securing an electoral victory in the election given his known pedigree, being associated with ignoble roles in the past and also the fear of mortgaging the coffers of the state to his political godfather since at this material time, Anambrarians do not need a beggar or a godson whose eyes would be fixed on the collective till.
One thing that cannot be taken away from Uba is his dedication as a realist and a reformer who can bridge all gulf, level all mountains and put a lamp in every tunnel as exemplified by his selfless stewardship to his constituents and the nation at large, his most compelling trait is the passion he evinces and enkindles for his people as evidenced in his articulation of ideas and solution delivery templates. Uba has come to be seen as a modern-day phenomenon whose corpus requires a large canvass.
â€“Henry Uzoma, Writes from Awka
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