Obviously perturbed by the use of indecent words in the war of words between his party and the Peoples Democratic Party, the national publicity secretary of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Alhaji Lai Mohammed yesterday pleaded with his PDP counterpart, Chief Olisa Metuh, to show some decorum in his public statements and avoid the use of trench language in public discourse.
In the past weeks, Chief Metuh had borrowed the choice of language the APC deployed in attacking the PDP when they were in opposition.
In a statement issued in Lagos, Mohammed complained that Metuh’s increasing resort to the use of putrid language in his press statements is distracting him from the message he might want to pass across while at the same time sending a bad signal to the younger generation of Nigerians who look up to him and other politicians.
“Mr. 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,” it said.
The APC said every statement being issued today would become a reference material in the weeks, months and years ahead, hence the need to keep them decent, polished and dignifying, even when they were hard-hitting.
The party said it had chosen to call the PDP spokesman to order rather than reply him in kind, hoping he would see the reason for him not to continue on the path of profanity.
“After all, it was American religious leader, Spencer W. Kimball who said ‘Profanity is the effort of a feeble brain to express itself forcibly,’” it said.

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