Patrick Obahiagbon, the Nigerian Parliamentarian who speaks big grammar
Not until about two weeks ago, the name Patrick Obahiagbon didn’t ring a bell. Now it does: Patrick Obahiagbon, the Nigerian Parliamentarian who speaks big grammar.
Party: People’s Democratic Party ( PDP )
Date Elected: 2007
Seat Up In: 2011
Date of Birth: 12/04/60
Marital Status: Married
Education:LL.B; M.P.A; M.I.H.D
Occupation: Legal Practitioner
Previous Elected Office:Edo State House of Assembly
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I listened to the video below yesterday and oh yes, I was assumed. I’m curious, is this guy a really serious person, or is he a comedian in political uniform? What is the essence of using big words when your audience doesn’t understand 99% of whatever you are saying?
Turn up your speakers. Check out the video below:
Bosede: Welcome to NTA live from the national assembly… honorable Patrick Obahiagon …also known as igodo migodo. You are welcome, sir.
O: The pleasure is mine, Bosede
B: so, how are u today?
0: Very good. In a proper order. Very ready. Always ready for parliamentary work.
B: I know you were at the Edo state house of assembly. So how has your experience in the state assembly prepared you for the challenges of the national assembly?
O: Fantastic. Don’t forget I did 8 years at the Edo state house of assembly and by the grace of the don apticate of the universe, that opportunity has assisted me colossally in dotting the parliamentary “I s” and crossing the legislative “T s” and has put me in good speed for the due discharge of my parliamentary onnus probandi ……, because when you examine the relationship between parliament at the state level and parliament at the national assembly, the difference, if any, is one of a twoodledum and twidlydim, little or no difference.
The only difference of course being that, whereas in the state house of assembly you only impact on a micro pedestal plane, at the national assembly, you are talking at a macro level. So if you ask me, there is a dialogical rapport between parliament at the state level and parliament at the national level. It is one of a micro cossum in a macro cossum.
So in a nutshell, I want to say that my experience in serving as a legislator for 8 years, and my experience when I was leader of the Edo state house of assembly for 4 years, put me certainly in good speed for this assignment at the national level.
B: Is that why you have been a vibrant member of this national assembly as it were?
O: Partly yes. Partly yes. It is terra ferma for me and not terra incognita. It is familiar to me and once you were ceased of the muances of parliamentary discourse and discobolus it follows therefore that it will be familiar to you too, partly…but again, partly it is equally responsible…, for the fact that you cannot succeed as a parliamentarian if you are not cosmopolitan. You must be prepared to immerse yourself in societal dialectics for you to be able to contribute efficaciously in a utilitarian modus.
So, if you are a parliamentarian and you don’t go through the ritual of even reading newspapers, you don’t bathe yourself in the aqua of the political cross currents, then you are going to be deuced, you are going to be paralytic in your contributions. So yes, my experience in the state of assembly has been responsible for my vibrancy in one breathe. At another breathe, my desire to perpetually entrench myself in political, social and intellectual currents have equally contributed in its own stead.
B: So in essence, what challenge are you giving to your other colleagues?
O: Sactas Simplicitas. They must avoid regular big stouting , suyaing , big stouting and peppersouping. Those are not the real issues. They must be prepared to immerse themselves in societal dialectics. They must put their nose to the grind stone. Chief Obafemi Awolowo the ikene philosopher said the difference between me and my other colleagues, was that when my other colleagues are cavorting in the dark alleys, I am in my library working myself 19 to the dozen.
You cannot succeed in life if you are not disciplined. You must be puritanical in your
predisposition, you must engage in an exercise of self purification and mortification, you must engage in an exercise of self abnegation, you must engage in an exercise of spiritual emulation. You must discipline the flesh. You must conquer the flesh. You must allow the spiritual aspect of you preponderate the material aspect, especially when you have been chosen to represent the people. So that at the end of the day, you can really say: vendi, vidi, vicki
B: what is the meaning of that?
O: I came, I saw, I conquered.
B: Sir,just like I told you that you are vibrant contributor to debates on the floor of the house at times does it really bother you whether the people get to understand what you say because of those big big grammar.
O: Well, let me say that I have been maniatally bewildered, in the words of Peter Pan, “overghasted and flabberwhelmed” when I am confronted by people as to what they stigmatize as my verbabodical dimosophy gyrations .But let me use this opportunity to say that I have never set out…, I don’t deliberately set out to confuse my audience. Certain you want me to be dumb, when I talk, they just come, misuse less packadoo . I bet you don’t give what you don’t have, what I have, I give.
B: So what is your parting word to Nigerians?
O: My parting word to Nigerians is to be patient with the president of the country President, Umaru Musa Y’aradua. I appreciate that a lot of people at this time are becoming very critical in assessing the president because they believe that 8 months is enough to chart a visionary trajectory. I share those sentiments, but at the same time, let us not forget that the country was in a state of economical quagmaya, political fantasmagorie and social stupor at the time the president came on board. So I appeal to Nigerians to be a little bit patient with him.
But at the same time, I want to appeal to Mr. President to see the victory in the cause as a wake up challenge, for him to leave the position of recupensy into one of recusansy. 8 months, people should be able to say “this is the direction of Mr. President”. 8 months, people should be able to say “Mr. President’s stance for this”. There is a difference between amiability; there is a difference between decency and activism. The president must leave his position of political, and social and administrative lethargy and take the driver’s seat.
As Mr. President, he drives, and others follow. So whereas I appeal to Nigerians to be patient with him, I equally call on Mr. President to ascend the challenges of governance, and he cannot do that except he take the driver’s seat as the political do edger, the political emir of trans Jordan, and the political major dobo, the buck……
the above is culled from: click here
After reading the above yesterday, I laughed and laughed until tears almost came out of my eyes. Where on earth did “overghasted and flabberwhelmed” come from. The words I know are overwhelmed and flabberghasted and not the other way around.
And where did big stouting , suyaing , big stouting and peppersouping emerge from. These big ones sound like the grammar of drunk people, after they arrive at cloud-9. This Edo state Honorable definitely takes alcohol, else, when did suya + ing = suyaing become an English word? For God’s sake, even the handful of educated Mallams even haven’t arrived where Hon. Patrick is. What would be the past-tense of suyaing? suya’d?
I bet this Honorable could also explain the following: smallstouting, egunsisouping, ewedusouping, ekikaikongsouping, amalaing, poundedyaming, purewatering, ricing and beansing. I also bet plaintaining would have a place in the political grammatical circle.
Does this Honorable Patrick speak big grammar on purpose? doesn’t he know the elements that make up a good sentence? does adding up synonyms and antonyms in a direct sequence make up good communication – as far as this lawyer is concerned. Is there anywhere within the Nigerian Law profession that mandates lawyer to speak with words comprehensible to the rest of us? I would like to know if he writes big grammar as he speaks.
I was a student Union activist all my years in the University of Benin. Little wonder, as soon as I left the University and finished my Youth Service, I dabbled into the aqua of political arena. If I remember vividly, I contested my first election into Oredu Local Government Area (LGA) as a Councillor only one year after my Youth Service.
I am assuming that as an activist in school he was always winning debates since his co-activists could not understand what he ways saying, or?
He says: “I do not set out to deposit my audience in a portmanteau of indecipherability” after being asked why he speaks big grammar.
If you have the opportunity to listen to my speeches or debates ten, fifteen years ago, then it would have been a different kettle of fish all together. So, I am convinced that I’ve tried, I am trying and I will continue to try to ensure that my language, or my idiolect is as limpid and as diaphanous as possible.
But, let me say that I am an omnivorous reader and I put my nose on the grinding stone to read for more than 7 hours a day when most innocent men are sleeping, and night marauders are doing their business. I am on my table, in my Library for 7 hours. And that has been on for over twenty years. And like I always tell people, the dictionary for me is not a reference point; the dictionary is a vade mecum, a constant companion.
I spend on the average not less than an hour a day referencing the dictionary for the past twenty to twenty-five years. So don’t be maniacally bewildered if I speak most times, from what I draw while reading. But, really, the intention is not to deliberately befuddle or obfuscate my presentations on the floor.
So our guy reads the dictionary and concludes that he understands English? As much as its good to always have a comedian around the house of representatives, I hope his comedy won’t overshadow real issues on ground in the long run, as his colleagues would rather prepare for a laugh than prepare to reason out issues.
This is another one. Check out the seriousness of this guy and the unseriousness of his audience. Is there no line between making a sensible speech and complete jargon?
Lastly, Honorable Patrick Obahiagbon would make a good Pastor, I suppose. All his audience has to say is AMEN!
On the light side, Honorable Patrick recently talked to President Yar Adua while he was in a Saudi Arabia hospital.
]This is what they talked about: