The All Progressives Congress national publicity secretary has in a statement issued in Lagos Today, September 22, reprimanded the Peoples Democratic Party’s national publicity secretary, Olisa Metuh for what he termed vulgarism and denigration of his office and party.
Advising the opposition party spokesman to show some decorum in his utterances and avoid the use of gutter language in public discourse, Lai Mohammed regretted that Metuh’s increasing resort to the use of putrid language in his press statements was a deviation from the message he might want to pass across, Daily Post reports.
The APC spokesman said: “Mr Olisa Metuh, being the spokesman, first for a ruling party and now for the main opposition puts you on the rarefied level of being a role model and a pace setter. You denigrate your office and your party when you use that platform to spew out hate and abusive words.
“You might choose to be bombastic, sharply critical and even aggressive in your statements, but you do not have to resort to the use of crude language like calling your fellow spokesman a ‘renowned liar,’ a ‘master liar’ or a ‘shameless veteran,’ to make your point. Apart from distracting from the issues at stake, those words reflect more on your personality than on the man you have chosen to skewer, and their vulgarity is stomach-churning.”
Mohammed noted that there was the need to keep decent, polished and dignifying statements owing to the fact that such statements eventually become reference materials in years to come.
Expressing hope that Metuh will desist from irreverent speeches, the APC scribe said that it is against that backdrop that he had chosen to trade with caution and redirect the PDP spokesman’s actions.
He said: “After all, it was American religious leader Spencer W. Kimball who said ‘Profanity is the effort of a feeble brain to express itself forcibly’.”
The opposition party had said it would not be deterred from exposing the “deliberate agenda, already in motion, by the present administration to destroy the nation’s democracy and impose a dictatorship in the country.”