Odochi Silver Akujobi


It has been shown to be a viable instrument of integration or disintegration when improperly
applied towards a common national consciousness. The language question remains a
common discourse among linguists, technocrats and development experts, with diverse and at
times, conflicting shades of opinions. The paper strongly contends for the English Language
being an unalienable factor in national integration, especially in a multi-ethnic and multilingual
nation like Nigeria. It further brings to the fore, the possible subjugation of some
indigenous languages by more dominant ones, hence, establishing the need for the English
Language to be the panacea for linguistic dominance and subjugation.

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