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Title:Linguistic Ingenuity and Political Expediency: The Military Phenomenon
Author:Teilanyo, Diri I.
Periodical:Humanities Review Journal
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:heads of State
political terminology
language usage
Military, Defense and Arms
Politics and Government
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
About person:Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida (1941-)ISNI
Abstract:This paper investigates the peculiarities in the use of the English language by former military rulers in Nigeria, and most especially, the former Nigerian leader General Ibrahim Babangida in his administration. It suggests that Babangida deliberately manipulated language through coinages and unconventional or curious use of terms to achieve curious political goals. It views this ingenious use of language as being part of the Machiavellian model for political engineering. Bibliogr., notes, ref., online sum. [Journal abstract]