A statement by army spokesperson Brig.Gen Sani Usman on Wednesday morning said all personnel are expected to be proficient in Hausa, Igbo and Yoruba by December 2018. Brig Gen Usman said the directive is part of the new language policy by the army.
Read full statement below;
NIGERIAN ARMY INTRODUCES NEW LANGUAGE POLICY FOR OFFICERS AND SOLDERS
- The Nigerian army has introduced a new language policy. The study of foreign and local languages is world wide practice among army, in which officers and soldiers are encouraged multi-Lingual. The Policy will foster espirit-de-corps and better communication with the populace to enhance information gathering, civil military relations, increase understanding between militaries when operating abroad and assist officials and solders to perform their duties professionally.
- It is to be noted that english remains the official language of the Nigerian army. Yoruba, Igbo and Hausa could be used during civil military co operation(CIMIC) activities or interrogation. Therefore, all Nigerian army personnel have been given one year to learn the three major Nigerian languages. The standard of proficiency to be attained is the basic level. Certificate proficiency level will attract language allowances.
- The ability to speak the three major Nigerian languages will be an added advantage to those applying for recruitment or commissioning into the Nigerian army. Therefore, Prospective candidates are encouraged to learn Nigerian Languages other than their mother tongue
- Before now, The Nigerian army officially encouraged the learning of French, Arabic, Spanish, Porturgesse and Swahili. French Language is an assessed subject in some carrer, courses and examinations for Nigerian army personnel.