The House of Representatives has kicked against the new local language policy proposed by the Nigerian Army. The House, on Wednesday, urged the Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, to stop the implementation of the policy.
The Advocate.ng reports that the policy sought to compel all personnel to be proficient in three major Nigerian languages: Hausa, Igbo and Yoruba by December 2018.
The resolution of the Green chamber was sequel to the unanimous adoption of a motion, sponsored members of the house, Abiante Dagomie and Diri Douye. Moving the motion, Dagomie reiterated the need for the Army to continue with the practice of communicating in English language in a multi-lingual army.
Dagomie, who said that the policy infringed on the fundamental rights of the minority languages in the country, added that it would serve no purpose beyond fractionalisation and marginalisation in the army.
“Therefore, such a local language policy proposed by the Nigerian Army infringes on the fundamental rights of the minorities not to be foisted with the linguistic and cultural hegemonies of major languages.
“This situation, should it continue unabated, will lead to discrimination and exclusion from employment opportunities, promotion and ambush of the legitimate aspirations of overwhelming numbers of non-native speakers of Yoruba, Igbo and Hausa in the army.