LETTER WRITING – TUESDAY TRENDS
I vividly remember being taught letter writing as a primary school student. Needless to say, it ranked quite high on my list of favorite English Language topics. Unlike Algebra, Quadratic Equation and “looking for missing “Xes” Letter writing has proven to be quite a useful life skill to me.
Nigeria has experienced a dearth in the art of letter writing, and social media isn’t helping matters. As a matter of urgency, if drastic reforms are not carried out in the Postal Service, NIPOST is on its way to being a relic of our ancient past.
It seems change might be on the horizon, thanks to the recent publicly posted letters by Olusegun Obasanjo and Ibrahim Babangida, addressed to their colleague, our President, Muhammad Buhari. Who would have thought that in this age of Twitter, Facebook, GSM, and their status as members of the Council Of State, that they would still have to employ the dying art of Letter Writing to pass on their message to the president?
I need to point out that as a parent, if you are still finding it difficult to convince your child to go to school, all you have to do is ask such a child to compare the content quality of Dr. Olusegun Obasanjo’s letter to that of General Ibrahim Babangida. That should make your child sit up in school.
As we get closer to the 2019 Elections, more public letters would surface, some directed to the President, others directed to other public office holders; in lieu of this, I have a suggestion to Mr. President. Considering how NIPOST seems to be in need of more customers, I suggest President Buhari refuses to acknowledge or respond to any letter that isn’t sent through the Nigerian Postal Service. Maybe the time has come for Aso Rock’s PMB or P.O Box to be made public, so more letters are channeled through them and NIPOST can make more money.
In the meantime, if you have anything to tell me; call my number, text me, tweet at me, there are a lot of other ways to get through to me, but please, unless you are my office or offering me an opportunity to make more money, do not write me a letter.