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Hausa, Igbo, Yoruba now compulsory for soldiers, officers


[FILE PHOTO] Nigerian Army

Three major Nigerian Languages have been made compulsory for soldiers and officers of the Nigerian Army. The languages are Igbo, Yoruba and Hausa.

The 32 Artillery Brigade of the Army, in collaboration with the National Institute for Cultural Orientation, held its inauguration ceremony for maiden edition of the programme at the Brigade’s headquarters in Akure.

A statement made available to The Guardian by the Brigade’s Assistant Director, Army Public Relations, Captain Victor Olukoya, said with the feat, The Brigade had keyed into the policy directive of the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt. Gen. Tukur Yusuf Buratai that, “All formations and units of the Nigerian Army are to commence teaching of the three major Nigerian languages to officers and soldiers.

“This is due to the current engagement of Nigerian Army in various internal security operations, which requires troops to effectively communicate with locals to foster cordial civil-military cooperation and intelligence gathering.”

In his remarks to kick start the training, the Commander 32 Artillery Brigade, Brigadier Gen. Zakari Logun Abubakar stressed the importance of the programme to the Brigade’s personnel.


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