A critical stylistic analysis of Olusegun Obasanjo’s press statement “The Way out: A Clarion Call for Coalition for Nigeria Movement”


Adugbe, Rebecca Ibukunoluwa


Department of English, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, 220005, Nigeria


This article examines Obasanjo’s use of language in a political discourse confronting an incumbent president preparatory to the 2019 presidential election in Nigeria. The article characterises the press statement as a model of a subgenre of political discourse called elite discourse. It adopts Jeffries’ Critical Stylistics to tease out the linguistic resources underlying ideology in discourse. It discusses three ideological issues on the state of the nation and the proposed political reform required for the advancement of Nigeria’s democracy. These ideological issues centre on true leadership, the poor state of the nation and citizen’s responsibility. The study shows that the linguistic choices in the text largely present a particular view of the world which seeks to promote the ideology of acting in national interests. It also reveals that knowledge production in the text is commodified for political advantage which could be contested in counter-discourses that seek to provide alternative facts in the political situation.


discourse; democracy; ideology; open letter; power play; critical stylistics

Publication Date

June 28, 2021


Volume 8, Issue 1

Citation information

Adugbe, Rebecca Ibukunoluwa. 2021. “A critical stylistic analysis of Olusegun Obasanjo’s press statement ‘The Way out: A Clarion Call for Coalition for Nigeria Movement’.” Language. Text. Society 8 (1). https://ltsj.online/2021-08-1-adugbe.


author = {Adugbe, Rebecca Ibukunoluwa},
journal = {Language. Text. Society},
title = {A critical stylistic analysis of Olusegun Obasanjo’s press statement “The Way out: A Clarion Call for Coalition for Nigeria Movement”},
year = {2021},
issn = {2687-0487},
number = {1},
volume = {8},
url = {https://ltsj.online/2021-08-1-adugbe},


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