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Blame threat to Igbo language on govts—Group

By Uduma Kalu

LAGOS—An Igbo socio-cultural group, Otu Ide Ndigbo, has blamed the extinction facing Igbo language in the country on governments at various levels.

The group made the disclosure  in Lagos yesterday,  at the media presentation of the book, Functional Igbo: Beginners’ Guide to Igbo Language, which will be presented to the general public next week,  in Lagos.

Secretary General of the group, Chief Eric Nwobi, said the governments showed no serious concern to the development of the language,  forcing his association as a pillar of Igbo culture,  to take up the task to abet the decline of Igbo language.

“All the Governors of the Igbo speaking states are invited, including the Ohanaeze President General, Chief Ralph Uwechue,” he said.

The group, he said, had also observed the dearth of teaching tools,  Igbo language teachers and that even parents lacked the teaching skills for the promotion of the language at home, hence their support for the book.

But Mr. Kalu Onuma, Secretary to Ndigbo Lagos, using the Russian example which drills a fresh student in Russian as he goes to study there, said the first five years of young Nigerian pupils should be a  period for thorough drilling in a Nigerian language.


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