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Indigenous Language Proficiency Will Facilitate Troops’ Integration – Buratai

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The chief of army staff, Lt Gen Tukur Buratai, says indigenous language proficiency will enhance personnel integration into communities and facilitate intelligence during internal peacekeeping operations.

Buratai stated this yesterday, at the graduation ceremony of the Nigerian Army Language Proficiency Course 2 at the Nigerian Army Resource Centre.

The COAS charged the 91 graduands to use every little opportunity to master the various languages.

Recall that the Nigerian Army recently introduced local language proficiency for its personnel to be proficient at least in one of the three major indigenous languages other than their mother tongue; Hausa, Igbo and Yoruba

Lt Gen Buratai said the policy was informed by the pluralistic nature of the country and the need to professionally respond to internal security challenges, adding that the ability to communicate effectively in these local languages will determine the success of the operations.

“The decision for this training is informed by the multilingual nature of our country. While our ethnic pluralism combined with numeric strength constitutes the major source of national pride, it also constitutes a major challenge in the management of internal security operations as seen in the proliferation of separatists in the various religious groups across the country.

“Our ability to adequately and professionally respond to these domestic security challenges partly depends on how proficient we are in indigenous languages especially the major ones; Hausa, Igbo and Yoruba.

“Proficiency in local languages will hasten your social integration in the local environment deployed,” he said





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