Nigeria’s indigenous languages endangered, may go into extinction

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has said the country’s indigenous languages are endangered and could go into extinction in no distant future if urgent steps are not taken to reverse the trend.

In his address at the 2017 Annual Round Table on Cultural Orientation, jointly organized by the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture and the National Institute for Cultural Orientation, NICO, in Kaduna on Monday, the Minister said situation reports shows ”there is a remarkable decline in the usage of our indigenous languages by our children and youth; many of them cannot read or write in their mother tongue.”

He said indigenous language newspapers have a vital role to play in reviving the fortunes of the nation’s endangered languages, if their potentials are maximized.

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