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International Journal of law and Conflict Resolution


Language and militarism: an analysis of the challenges facing the study of Arabic language in the Nigerian armed forces 

Ibrahim Abubakar Imam 

Department of Languages, Nigerian Defence Academy, Kaduna, Nigeria 

E-mail: husamimam@yahoo.com; +234 803 453 1375/ +234 805 711 7872 


Language is very central to the existence of man. It has always been a communicative device; contributing to the development and growth of human societies. The ability to relate and harness his environment develops his capacity to reorder his activities to an appreciable level, made language significant. Study has shown the ability of language to solve problems between people by creating the necessary atmosphere for understanding and peaceful resolution of differences. A breakdown of communication has often been responsible for misunderstanding in a society and among communities or nations that sometimes result into full scale war. The need of Arabic language among members of the Nigerian Armed Forces in relation to their international assignments in peace keeping operations is one major concern in this paper. The paper thus examines the prospects and problems of the study of Arabic language among officers and men of the Nigerian Armed Forces. While discussing language generally; its role in defence, diplomacy, strategic activities policy enunciations and implementations cannot be over emphasized. The paper suggests some recommendations on how to improve on the study of Arabic language in the Armed Forces of Nigeria. 

Keywords: Arabic, military, defence, communication, multilingualism, education, intelligence, curriculum, academy, peacekeeping.