– Government has been urged to adopt Hausa language as the official dialect of northern Nigeria
– Malam Rabiu Isa, who made the advocacy, said the Hausa is one of the fastest-growing languages in the world
– Isa also said that 70 million people speak Hausa globally while religious scriptures have been translated into the language
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Malam Rabiu Isa, a renowned historian, has called for the prompt adoption of the Hausa language as the official dialect in northern Nigeria.
Isa, who spoke on the occasion of the World Hausa Day 2020, described the language as a medium of communication which seems to have been widely accepted across tribes in the north and beyond.
Nigeria has over 300 tribes and more than 400 languages of which Hausa, Yoruba and Igbo have been handed more prominence in the north and south regions of the country.
Although the dominance of these languages has seen minority languages gradually plunged into extinction, some linguists and historians are of the opinion that Nigeria must adopt the languages as official national dialects.
This sentiment was also shared by Isa, who spoke on Wednesday, August 26, as a guest speaker at the International Hausa Day, organised by a group, ‘Manufarmu Al’ummarmu,’ in Jos, the capital of Plateau state.
“It is a language that has gender in its wordings, it is among the simplest languages in the entire languages of the world. The language has today spread across many climes of the world, mostly in West African Countries.
“More than 70 million people speak Hausa across the world. Today, the spiritual books like the Bible and Qur’an and other important scriptures and books are best translated in the Hausa language than any other language in entire Nigeria,” Isa added.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the Hausa language has been described as one of the fastest-growing languages as it is spoken in many parts of the world.
Speaking of the popularity of the language, the chairman of the Association of Hausa African Community, Dr Abdulkadir Labbaran Koguna, claimed the language is being spoken all over the world.
Koguna made the claim at a ceremony to mark the 2020 World Hausa Day held at Rano local government area of Kano state.
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