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Petition For The Creation Of Official Regional And State's Languages In The Federal Republic Of Nigeria

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This Petition Is Directed To The Heads Of The Nigeria House Of Assembly. President Of The Senate; Mr President(Mr Ahmed Ibrahim Lawan). Speaker Of The House Of Representative; Mr Speaker(Mr Femi Gbajabiamila) for the proposal of creating official regional and state languages in the federal republic of nigeria.

Since the founding of this great nation, The english language has been the official language but in each region there has been the use of unofficial regional languages. It has been increasing proven that the use of english language has becoming a hindrance as each region tend to speak a common lingua franca different from english language. This is proven by the percentage of primary school children that are able to speak and write in the english language fluently which has been on a steady decline as a result that the kids tend to speak their mother's tongue at home. This hindrance has in turn created a difficult situation in the education development of the nigerian youth.

Therefore we are petitioning that the following languages to be recognized as official regional and states languages for the purpose of communication and as an educational medium to teach in nursery, primary and tetiary institutions: Hausa, Pidgin English, igbo, yoruba, fulfulde, kanuri, ebira, isoko, urhobo, etsako, esan,benin, ibibio,ijaw,idoma,nupe,efik, igala. *note (This list still needs to be extended)

In terms of population, are Hausa (over 59 million when including second-language, or L2, speakers), Yoruba (over 42 million including L2 speakers), Igbo (over 40 million, including L2 speakers) Fulfulde (15 million), Efik-Ibibio cluster (10 million), Kanuri (8 million), Tiv (15 million), and approx. 2 to 3 million each of Kupa, Kakanda, Edo, Igala, and Izon.

The hausa sign language, The yoruba sign language and the bura sign language. *note this languages makes up the nigerian sign language.

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