IGP VIDEO: Police Boss' Fumble With Speech Has A Medical Name
It is not a deliberate effort to defend the stuttering and fumbling that marred a speech meant to edify the activities of the police force, but there could just be a reason for what happened in Kano a few days ago.
Do you know that when someone cannot easily read texts or finds it difficult to pronounce some words it could be a medical condition?
After the video of the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, spread and became viral a Country Director at DAI, Dr. Joe Abah, drew Nigerians' attention to the possibility that the IGP may be dyslexic.
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"If this video is genuine, I’ve been advised the IG may be dyslexic. If that is the case, it is no laughing matter, and not something he should be ridiculed for. A lot of kids are dyslexic. We must ensure that they are not bullied or stigmatised. They too can become IG of Police," he wrote on his Twitter page.
But one thing that makes this issue of dyslexia doubtful is that the police boss had read speeches in the past that were not marred with such stuttering.
What could have caused this? That is one question that Nigerians will wish they get an answer to.
What Is Dyslexia?
The British Dyslexia Association definition describes dyslexia as "a learning difficulty that primarily affects the skills involved in accurate and fluent word reading and spelling" and is characterised by "difficulties in phonological awareness, verbal memory and verbal processing speed".
Health experts say Dyslexia is believed to be caused by both genetic and environmental factors.
Some cases run in families.
It often occurs in people with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and is associated with similar difficulties with numbers.
It may begin in adulthood as the result of a traumatic brain injury, stroke, or dementia.
Something To Consider
One thing that must not be left out in the whole issue is that Mr Idris has made several travels of late, moving from one troubled state to another while the Senate is also on one side demanding that he should appear before them.
The stress of the travels and efforts to bring to an end the killings in some states could have gotten hold of him and caused a little destabilisation that led to the struggle to read his speech.
Here is Dr Joe Abah's tweet.
If this video is genuine, I’ve been advised the IG may be dyslexic. If that is the case, it is no laughing matter, and not something he should be ridiculed for. A lot of kids are dyslexic. We must ensure that they are not bullied or stigmatised. They too can become IG of Police. https://t.co/eqlvEopZ6Z— Dr. Joe Abah (@DrJoeAbah) May 17, 2018