The Nigerian Army on Wednesday ordered it personnel to learn how to speak Yoruba, Igbo and Hausa languages.
Sani Usman, Army spokesman in a statement said the move is part of its new language policy.
He said the army personnel are expected to have attained basic level standard of proficiency for the languages on or before December 2018.
“Therefore all Nigerian Army personnel have been given one year to learn the three major Nigerian languages. Invariably, by December 2018, all Nigerian army personnel are expected to learn the three major Nigerian languages.”
He added: “Therefore, prospective candidates are encouraged to learn Nigerian languages other than their mother tongues.
“Before now, the Nigerian army officially encouraged the learning of French, Arabic, Spanish, Portuguese and Swahili. French language is an assessed subject in some career courses and examinations for Nigerian army personnel.” (NewsbreakNG).