1st December, 2010
Nigerians have been urged to teach their children and wards the value of their localÂ languages and save such from going into extinction.
Dr. Fred Odutola, the General Secretary and Chief Executive officer, Bible SocietyÂ of Nigeria, gave the charge duringÂ the launching of Gong News magazine and the GongÂ Merit Awards for African heritage in LagosÂ recently.
Odutola said, â€œCharity begins at home, let the mother tongue be the first languageÂ our children will speak.
â€œWe cannot continue to have English and French and killing our own mother tongue.
â€œIt is shameful to see our children not able to speak our languages. I thereforeÂ challenge every parents to speak the mother tongue to their children at home beforeÂ they go to school and anytime they are at home.â€
The publisher of the magazine, Mr. Nicholas Ehimatie, said the publication is aimedÂ at leading the crusade for redeeming, promoting and celebrating the African culturalÂ heritage.
He called on leaders in various positions of authority to see our cultural heritageÂ as the basis for sustainable development.