FG raises alarm over threat of extinction of Nigeria languages

The supervising minister for education, Barrister Nyesom Wike has raised an alarm over the possible extinction of Nigeria’s indigenous languages.

He noted this at the 2014 The United Nations Organization for Education, Science and Culture UNESCO, International Mother Language Day, IMLD, in Abuja.
He said there is remarkable decline in the use of Nigerian languages, especially those living in urban centers hardly communicate in their mother tongues.

The theme for this year’s celebration was ‘local Languages for global citizenship: spotlight on science’.
According to him, “You will all agree with me that our indigenous languages are facing the threat of becoming extinct due to remarkable decline in usage.

Our youths, especially those living in the urban centers hardly communicate in their mother tongues. Worse still is the sharp drop in the number of those that could read or write in those languages as a result of over dependence in the use of social media against the traditional letter writing”.

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