Minister Says Arabic Language Is Supporting Global Alliance

Yemisi Izuora

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has

extolled the role of the Arabic Language in forging global alliance

and unity among disparate racial and ethnic communities and nations.

The Minister stated this at an Arabic Language Workshop on the

occasion of the United Nations commemoration of the 2020 World Arabic

Day, hosted by the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates in Abuja on

Sunday.

He said the language has proven to be a veritable tool in global

efforts at the realization of the United Nations Sustainable

Development Goals (SDGs), particularly SDGs number 1 to 5 on the

eradication of poverty

and  hunger, promotion of human welfare, as well as quality education

and gender equality.

Alhaji Mohammed said in Nigeria in particular, the Arabic Language,

which is being spoken by the Shuwa-Arabs, an ethnic stock in the

northeast of the country with cultural and historical affiliation to

the wider Baqqara tribe in East Africa, serves as the storehouse of

the nation’s history and indeed that of Africa,

He said Arabic language experts have continued to provide the

intellectual capital that has incentivized development and progress in

all spheres of national development.

“In other words, Arabic language is one of the ancient and

earliest-known languages to mankind. It  is unique and renowned for

its rich diglossia, and employed on a daily basis as a medium of

spiritual and theistic interactions between God and adherents of

Islam, who number 1.8 billion,” he said.

In his remarks, the Ambassador of UAE to Nigeria, Dr. Fahad Al Taffaq,

said Arabic Language remains a pillar of cultural diversity for

humanity as the language is used daily by more than 400 million people

across 25 countries, with over 10, including Nigeria, in Africa.

He said the Embassy has shown continuous commitment to promoting

cultural and interfaith tolerance in Nigeria, through various

initiatives such as the Essay Competition on tolerance it organized

for secondary school students in Abuja, the UAE-Nigeria Cultural and

Arts Exhibition it hosted in Lagos this year and the Interfaith

Tolerance Dialogue it organized for religious and cultural leaders.

The World Arabic Language Day featured a paper presentation by the

Director, Nigerian Centre for Arabic Research, Prof. Elkhidiru Abdul

Baaq Mohammed, and Dr. Tahir Fayez Abdelaal of the Faculty of Art,

University of Abuja.

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