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Discuss English language as unifying factor in Nigeria?
Of all the heritage left behind in Nigeria by the British at the end of colonial administration, probably, none is more important than the English language. [ It is now the language of government, business and commerce, education, the mass media, literature, and much internal as well as external communications… It is not our intention to repeat what has been said over and over here but to show how this most important language of the world (being the first language of the United Nations and arguably the only language spoken in all nations of the world) helps in promoting, nurturing and
uniting the Nigerian nation. English is the language of integration in Nigeria as our previous discussion shows. Amidst the compounding complexities of Nigeria especially in relation to the language question, the only language that indexes the spirit of togetherness is English. More often than not, activities conducted in indigenous languages are reprobated as being ethnic or tribal, except in cultural celebrations or entertainment displays. This explains why even during the first republic and even the colonial era, when English had not attained its present level of ascendancy in national and international affairs, political parties were formed in English. Though, the parties might have regional bases, the fact that they were named in English entailed their collective import. The Northern Peoples Congress (NPC), the Action Group (AG), the NCNC (National Council of Nigerian Citizens, after the excision of Southern Cameroon), National Elements Progressive Union (NEPU) etc were formed to integrate all Nigerians and give them a sense of belonging. This trend has necessarily survived till today with all the national political parties formed and sloganeered in English. ]
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