A critical discourse study of July 15th 2019 former president Obasanjo’s letter to president Buhari
Ameen Akeem, Noor Zainab Bt Abdul Razak, Mahani Bt Stapa
Language is a powerful tool through which users can create identities of themselves and others. The purpose of this paper therefore was to examine the July 15th letter of former president Obasanjo to President Buhari. The paper employed Critical Discourse approach to deconstruct the text with a view to see how the writer used various linguistic devices as persuasive elements. It was found out that the writer employed various ideological modes and linguistic elements to successfully register his opinions. Hence, the paper holds to confirm further that discourse is indeed a social action which is usually influenced by the writer’s affiliation.