By George Onmonya Daniel
A Neurologist with Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University (ATBU) Dr. Nura Alkali, has tried to explain what happened to the Inspector General of Police as he couldn’t read his speech in a video that has gone viral since yesterday.
Dr. Nura Alkali explained on Facebook that, “Having watched the IGP Idris speech video, I can only conclude that he had a brain block. What caused it I cannot tell, since I lack his medical history. But I suspect one of three possibilities: Severe emotional stress, a non-motor seizure, or transient global amnesia.
“He is certainly not dyslexic, after all, he has read public speeches flawlessly in the past. And from available evidence, the video was not doctored. I advise the IGP to see an experienced neurologist or psychiatrist, who should also watch the video.”
Dr. Nura Alkali also added that, “Some of us find it hard to believe that a medical condition can make a speech sound like a “broken record”. Well, one of such causes is transient global amnesia (TGA)
“The main sign of TGA is being temporarily unable to form new memories. This is called prominent anterograde amnesia. During the episode of TGA, the person will seem disoriented in time and often ask questions about the date or their environment over and over again. This may be described as the person sounding like a “broken record.” ”
Others have argued that the IG of Police may be on some hard drugs in a country where drug use is commonplace among big men, who use these drugs because of the hectic job they do all round the clock.