Dyslexia is a specific type of disability described by doctors characterized by having trouble in reading accurately and fluently. Ever since the Inspector General of Police (IGP) exhibited features of dyslexia in a video clip that has gone viral in Nigeria, people have been making jest of him on the social media. But then what other features of this mental disorder has the IGP exhibited before now? We take a look:
The IGP, like most dyslexics, has exhibited many of the following traits and behaviors. These characteristics vary from day-to-day or minute-to-minute. “The most consistent thing about dyslexics is their inconsistency.“
Feels dumb; has poor self-esteem; hides or covers up weaknesses with ingenious compensatory strategies; easily frustrated and emotional about reading or testing. The way and manner the IGP avoided honouring invitation to Senate is one such compensatory strategies to avoid frustration and getting emotional with the test to come from the Senators.
Dyslexics are said to be talented in drama and story-telling. These are two of the most important talents of the IGP. Furthermore, they seem to “Zone out” or daydream often and gets lost easily or loses track of time.
The IGP has reasonably demonstrated his difficulty sustaining attention in the conduct of his tasks; seeming “hyper” or “daydreamer.”
Perhaps, what has brought the police top chief to prominence is the dyslexic features of reading and rereading with little comprehension. His difficulty in putting thoughts into words; speaking in halting phrases, leaving sentences incomplete, stuttering under stress, mispronouncing long words, or transposing phrases, words, and syllables when speaking were very obvious in the video clip.
When President Buhari said he sent him to Benue but he went to Nassarawa instead, he was unwittingly speaking about yet another dyslexic characteristic of the IGP. Dyslexics have difficulty with tasks, especially when under pressure of time or emotional stress. They also could be extremely disorderly like we have seen in the IGP.
His attribute as a class clown and trouble-maker was well displayed during his saga with Senator Misau.