Grandiloquence in high places

By IAfrica
In Nigeria
Aug 2nd, 2014

SPEAKING more like a soothsayer than a president, Dr Jonathan last week said the 2015 polls would shock the world for its freeness, fairness and peacefulness. How can he tell? The way he spoke mysteriously of shock, however, gave the impression he had something up his grandiloquent sleeve, much more than the mere aspiration and hard work required in bringing about a desired and perhaps unmerited political or electoral outcome. Then the Chief of Army Staff, Gen Kenneth Minimah, also spoke glowingly and floridly of his position as wartime army chief. It would have been more appropriate had he spoken of glowing successes recorded by his army against Boko Haram insurgents, particularly in Sambisa forest or in the rescue of the 219 abducted Chibok schoolgirls.

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