Stella Dimoko Nigerian Army Introduces New Language Policy For Officers And Soldiers


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Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Nigerian Army Introduces New Language Policy For Officers And Soldiers

The Nigerian Army has introduced a new Language Policy. The study of foreign and local languages is world-wide practice among armies, in which officers and soldiers are encouraged to be 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 officers and soldiers to perform their duties professionally.

2. It is to be noted that English remains the official language in the Nigerian Army. Yoruba, Igbo and Hausa languages could be used during Civil Military Cooperation (CIMIC) activities or interrogation. Therefore all Nigerian Army personnel have been given one year to learn the three major Nigerian languages. Invariably, by December 2018, all Nigerian Army personnel are expected to learn the three major Nigerian languages. The standard of proficiency to be attained is the basic level. Certificated proficiency level will attract Language Allowance.

3. The ability to speak the 3 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 learnNigerian languages other than their mother tongues.

4. Before now, the Nigerian Army officially encouraged the learning of French, Arabic, Spanish, Portuguese and Swahili. French language is an assessed subject in some career courses and examinations for Nigerian Army personnel.

Brigadier General Sani Kukasheka Usman
Director Army Public Relations


  1. Replies
    1. We all know it's not feasible. They can't all possibly learn the three major languages in one year. Not even one.

  2. Chain! Hausa is my problem oh,I dey try for Igbo and Yoruba. Anyway the Army job was be done by force

  3. In one year! How many languages the Brigadier dey speak?

    1. Proudly Anonymous22 November 2017 at 18:10

      It's an effort to make them step up give them a sense of goal setting.
      The skills will even be useful to them long after service.
      The US Army require green berets to understand at least 3 languages.

  4. most of them actually do speak the three major languages already, cos of their transfer/ posting though. Some times you will argue their tribe sef


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