With Ebere Wabara and needs to caution in taking this decision
THE GUARDIAN headline blunder of last month welcomes us today: â€œGoverment to bring back stranded Nigerians in Libyaâ€ (The Guardian Front Page Banner, November 30, 2017) Conscience, nurtured by truth: Government. To avoid this kind of schoolboy embarrassment, â€˜FGâ€™ would have done itâ€”even better!
THISDAY faulty headline of December 16 takes over from THE GUARDIAN: â€œBouying (Buoying) the economyâ€¦â€
â€œThe unprecedented onslaught against PDP faithfuls and other citizensâ€¦.â€ (DAILY SUN, November 23) â€˜Faithfulâ€™ is uncountable.
â€œâ€¦Chief Justice ofÂ Nigeriaâ€¦yesterday read a riot act to judicial officers nationwide, threatening to dismiss anyone caught perverting justice.â€ (THE GUARDIAN, November 22) Fixed expression: read the Riot Act.
â€œSecondus, PDP plot take over of S/Westâ€ Noun: takeover (which applies here); phrasal verb: take over.
â€œPDP, APC in neck-to-neck battle ahead 2019â€ Get it right: neck-and-neck battle.
â€œTomplo Boys lay siege on Shomolu, Barigaâ€ This way: lay siege to Shomolu, Bariga
â€œJTF arrests four over (for) illegal bunkering in Warriâ€ (DAILY INDEPENDENT, November 21)
â€œâ€¦Africaâ€™s richest man beseigedâ€ Spell-check: besieged.
Nigerian Tribune of November 23 did not confirm its self-adulation: â€œUnder him, the body which comprised of eight countries grew to become 49.â€ The pride of Lagos-Ibadan press: expunge â€˜ofâ€™ from the extract.
â€œIt seems the bickering between the two unions is deepening.â€ (DAILY CHAMPION, November 23) We can conveniently do without â€˜twoâ€™ in this excerpt because of its irrelevance.
â€œThey are little aware that our great men of yesteryears were able to achieve.â€¦â€ (Leadership, December 18) What has happened to the reputation of excellence? â€˜Yesteryearâ€™, just like â€˜heydayâ€™, is uncountable.
â€Bandits kill two police, injure three others in Lagosâ€ One of these: policemen, police officers, constables or cops; not just police. Vanguard of November 23 bungled two expressions: â€œThey would rather kill themselves over who is superiorâ€¦.â€ Friends of the Niger Delta: They would rather kill one another.Â It is not yet a suicidal stuff.
â€œBut the governor has stuck to his gun, insisting that his action is perfectly constitutional.â€ (THISDAY, November 23) Stuck to his guns (not gun).
â€œWell, dear honourables….â€ (Source: as above) Get it right: dear honourable members or dear lawmakers (legislators). â€˜Honourablesâ€™ is Nigerian English.
â€œDelegates in free for all fightâ€ (Sunday Vanguard, December 17) Towards a better weekly: free-for-all (take note of the hyphenation and the elimination of â€˜fightâ€™ which is otiose).
â€œThe faithful performed creditably wellâ€¦.â€ (THE NATION, December 19) No lip-service (not eye-service, as most Nigerians misinform): yank off â€˜wellâ€™ because of its redundancy here. So, the faithful performed creditably.
â€œWhy would the christians (Christians, please) distrupt a sober act of paying tribute?â€ (Daily Trust, December 19) Spell-check: disrupt.
Nigerian Tribune of December 19 raised two questions: â€â€¦it is one agitation or the other (another: several agitations) against the present status quoâ€ â€˜Present status quoâ€™ leaves a sour taste.
â€œThat a man charged for (with) mother (sic) of all crimes set free without due process.â€ (National Outlook, December 19) â€œThe role played by people likeâ€¦are (is) subject to thorough investigation.â€ (Business World, December 18)
â€œThe police is (are) on red alert.â€ (DAILY SUN, November 23) Always recollect that they (policemen) are not your friends and that bail is not free, contrary to what the authorities declare!
â€œBut there he was, Donald Trump, the most powerful head of government in the world, has (had) to sweat it out before lawyers that he appointed.â€ (Daily Independent, December 19)
â€œâ€¦we are being asked to bring our plates and we shall be duely (duly) served.â€ (Nigerian Tribune, November 23)
â€œLibyan rebellion ignore (sic) peace offersâ€ (THE PUNCH, November 23) No senility: Libyan rebelsâ€¦.â€
â€œEssentially, those who spoke against it did so in (on) three main groundsâ€ (THE GUARDIAN, November 23)
â€˜WAEC disturbed over education standardâ€ (Nigerian Tribune, November 23) Nigeriaâ€™s most informative newspaper: educational standard.
â€œInflux of obsolete equipment worry (worries) radiographersâ€ (THE GUARDIAN, November 23)
Please, note that â€˜reopenâ€™ does not admit hyphenation (re-open).
â€œIt is the duty of the police to conduct investigations into the sort of killings that wasted some of its (their) men in Jos, the troubled capital of Plateau State, and fish out the culprits.â€ (THE GUARDIAN, November 23)
â€œSince AIDS run (runs) a long course atimes (at times) up to 5-10 years before it kills its victimâ€¦.â€ (DAILY CHAMPION, November 23)
â€œSeeing this non-challant attitude as a reflection of a people lacking in unity and cohesionâ€¦.â€ Spell-check: nonchalant.
â€œâ€¦others who thought they were immuned to injustice were arrested.â€ No round-up: just immune.
â€At the outskirts of the town, a large signpost….â€ Get it right: on the outskirts.
â€œâ€¦the instruments of instruction and education of the policy have been entrenched within the polity.â€ The road to Aso Rock: entrench in (not within).
â€œWithin the last decade, the Mugabe government had been involved in series (a series) of political and financial scandals.â€
â€œSince he was voted out of office in 1980, Mr. Carter had visited Nigeria several times, usually in pursuit of one humanitarian mission or the other.â€ Certainly, the man had pursued several missions on these shores.Â So, the proper context should be: one humanitarian mission or another (multiple). The excerpt has just a dual function, which is wrong.
â€œAt the start, when the politicians were told to form political associations, all manners of associations, with different ideological orientations and tendencies, sprouted like mushrooms.â€ Stock expression: all manner of associations.
For Isaac Aluko-Olokun
MAY the soul of Ambassador Isaac Agboola Aluko-Olokun, an ardent Media Gaffes admirer and subscriber, continue to rest in peace. We are celebrating who and what you were: a gentleman, a patriot and a universal citizen. I remember you this season, as always. â€œGood men must die, but death cannot kill their names.â€ We met just once in the office of Barrister Ndu Ughamadu, then editor of Daily Times and now Group General Manager (Public Affairs Division) of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation.