SATURDAY Champion, August 26 leads with this error: “Residents of some of the troubled spots in Libya in disarray.” Witness to lexical mayhem: trouble spots.
“…rummaging all the bags and ransacking every nook and corner.” (Source: as above) Stock expression: nook and cranny.
LEADERSHIP of August 21 disseminated seven improprieties: “The police requires (require) a redeemer who can uplift the Force from the battering it (they) suffered during the long years of militarization.”
“I inquired from those that appear to know and they said that the president is (was) roaming the country in the name of campaigns.”
“There is (are) no electricity, no security, no water, no roads, no health facilities in Nigeria.”
“Foreign companies will be falling over themselves (one another) to come and invest here if we get the 2019 elections right.”
“…given the lame-duck posture of the opposition parties, the APC simply held sway from the onset (outset).”
DAILY Sun Editorial of September 25 recorded four” introductory infractions in just the opening paragraph: “Last week, the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mr. Godwin Emefiele, disclosed that the bank is currently investigating (was investigating) some high-profile cases of insider abuse (abuses) by members of the board (boards) of directors of the (otiose article) commercial banks and other financial institutions in the country (would it have been outside the country?).” This egregious paragraph should just have ended at ‘institutions’!
“In Ibadan, eminent Nigerians honour Bola Ige’s memory…as Akeredolu’s wife commissions (inaugurates) school facility”
Power & Politics: “In Nigeria, the poor is (are) subsidising (subsidizing: latest trend) the rich…”
International News: “Two (2, for headline purposes) UK oil executives charged over (with) $400m fraud in Nigeria”
Wrong: “Obituary announcement”; right: Obituary (which impliedly is an announcement
“Happy birthday to a kind hearted (kind-hearted) husband”
The next two solecisms are from DAILY Sun Editorial of September 29: “…we enjoin health workers to find other amicable and non-disruptive method (methods) of resolving trade disputes in the country.”
“Government must remove Nigeria from the league of countries with high disease burdens in the African continent and the world.” Voice of The Nation: on the African continent and in the world.
“Reps: Dorothy Mato‘ll be sworn-in soon, says spokesman.” National News: phrasal verbs abhor hyphenation.
“Okowa commended over (for)Ndokwa land power project”
Finally from DAILY Sun Editorial of October 2 which offered readers seven howlers: “The Vice-President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo (another comma) who voiced the concern of consumers at Onna Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State during the commissioning (inauguration, launch, introduction, kick-off, et al…) of a metering factory, lamented that the problem of irregular power supply currently being experienced in the country….” ‘Currently ‘and ‘being cannot co-function in the same environment
“…consumers have good cause to demand for prepaid meters.” Delete ‘for’ from the extract.
“We recall that government had in August stated that it will (would) not oppose the wishes of electricity consumers willing to purchase their own meters outside the Discos.”
“However, he gave assurance (an assurance) that government would….”
“The minister said that (sic) government decided to intervene following a flurry of complaints from consumers.” This way: a flurry of complaint or flurries of complaints. Here end the editorial blunders from this medium this week
“To be concluded next week Saturday” Short story: next Saturday or Saturday, next week
“Out of control (Out-of-control) Boko Haram kills dozens in Kano Mosque” Preferable: uncontrollable
“But we should never lose sight of the fact that like every voracious entrepreneur who has invested billions of dollars on (in) cement plants….”
“Credit Bureaux records (record) 26 million registered borrowers”
“The health workers strike” Conscience, nurtured by truth: workers’ strike
“Monetary policy committee at crossroads” This way: at a/the crossroads
“Having served under a military regime…he needs to bath in the Yoruba River for forgiveness.” Noun: bath; verb: bathe.
“Just before you ponder about this Owerri revelation….” ‘Ponder’ may take ‘on’ or ‘over’, not ‘about’. It’s even more economical and elegant to use it without embellishments.
“When we hear of people talk about glory….” Get it right: hear of people talking…or hear people talk about glory
“Lack of facilities threaten course accreditation at LACOED” The verb here should be singular.
“What is good for the goose can equally be said to be good for the gander.” What is sauce (not good)…
“Out of 57 years of the nation’s political independence, the military had been on (sic) the leadership saddle for 25 years.” Democracy In the saddle.
“CPC to clampdown on illegal microfinance banks” Phrasal verb: clamp down (two words).
“An acknowledged scholar, a distinguished statesman and a team leader per excellence” Get it right: leader par excellence.
“New trends in electioneering campaigns” Politics Today: just electioneering or political campaigns. ‘Electioneering campaign’ is sheer verbiage! ‘Electioneering’ encompasses campaign and other related electoral issues.
“INEC chair asks SSS to crackdown on violent politicians” Noun: crackdown; phrasal verb: crack down (which applies here).
“Some countries have taken tobacco manufacturers to court for the damages their products cause.” The will to die: ‘damage’ is uncountable, except in reparative applications for indemnity.
“With the launching (launch) of the poverty alleviation (a hyphen) programme by the Federal Government, not a few Nigerians desire to see it effectively in place.“
“…what happened was that somebody filed a writ of summon.“ This way (singular): a writ of summons; plural: summonses.
“It is the Federal Board that is always guilty of that, because it is them who take riff-raffs as welfare officers.” (Nigerian Tribune, August 22) ‘Riff-raff’, just like ‘stuff’, is uncountable.
“Modern technology has reduced the world into (to) a hamlet where the inhabitants are their brothers’ keepers.” This way: brother’s keeper (fixed idiom), irrespective of the number of people involved.
“The coincidence in the timing of all those sleazy gossips in soft-sell magazines and the beginning of his fashion parade….” ‘Gossip’, in this context, is uncountable.
“More overaged players for youth soccer“(Sunday Tribune, August 20) Get it right: overage players.