RHETORS’ RHETORICAL INFLUENCE IN THE CONTEMPORARY NIGERIAN CREDAL SOCIETY

PUBLISHED: SEPTEMBER 2018

AUTHOR: Lateef Iyanda Kugbayi, Department of English and Literature-in-English,
Nigerian Tulip International Colleges, Kaduna, Kaduna State, Nigeria

Abstract
Every aspect of human life depends on language and, as it were, the phenomenon always yields
itself to the will of every user as an efficient tool for achieving expected interactional goals.
Among such goals is a desire to succeed in persuading or gaining the sympathy of other language
users in their numbers. This is common in religious settings. Usually, each religion allows
teachings and propagation of its tenets to be handled by highly revered individuals in the group.
While functions of religion to individuals and communities generally include maintaining good
mental health, giving meaning to life now and hereafter, spiritual enjoyments, less
problems/sufferings, maintaining social cohesion and control, and some religious leaders truthfully
committed to preaching about achieving them, many have taken advantage of religion to cajole
their members for the purpose of achieving their personal goals against the expected benefits of it
to Nigeria and Nigerians. The success of the latter through linguistic manipulation may bring about
a future generation in which the true perspective of religion to human kind would be highly
negligible. This study is consequently motivated to investigate the rhetorical processes employed
in selected teachings of some Nigerian religious leaders, which are assumed to be relatively at
variance to the expected general religious function of upholding positively moral values but
deliberately presented to make their followers behave in some way many would consider
irrational, using Jolliffe‟s framework for speech analysis.

Key words: Language, linguistics, religion, leaders, speech analysis.

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