Linguistic, Socio-Economic and Political Challenges in Quest of National
Development in Nigeria: Which Way to Go
Akinola Asiyanbola, Ph.D
Department of English,
Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife Nigeria
Phone: +234(0)8035087801

The Federal Government has seen the need for a language policy since the 1960 ’s. This is because of the multi ethnic and multilingual nature of the country, Nigeria. The paper attempts at spelling out various efforts of the Federal Government at stating the language policy of the country, although embedded in either the National Policy on Education or the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. However; the paper observes that salient points arrived at in most of the policies have never been implemented. It is the opinion of the paper that with the radical implementation of the language policies, unity and peace will be entrenched and encouraged in the multi ethnic, multilingual, multi-religious and mum-ideological Nigeria. And, this language policy should be reflected in the
security policy that is translated into Hausa, Igbo and Yoruba for the easy understanding of the
Nigerian populace.
Keywords: Language policy, security policy, implementation, national development, national challenges, conflict resolution.

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