LANGUAGE AS A TOOL FOR ENSURING NATIONAL SECURITY

Muazu Adamu Momoh, Joy Aladi Obera (PhD)

Abstract


National security has been a challenging and disturbing issue in Nigeria. Several efforts have been made by national security agencies to provide effective and endearing security mechanism, yet, the problem of national security has continued to rear its ugly head. This paper x-ray language as a tool for ensuring national security. The present democratic dispensation in Nigeria has been characterized by several sheds of crisis, most of which have been due to ineffective and inappropriate use of language. The thrust of this paper is to expose how effective use of language could enhance the management and resolution of insecurity in the country. The major thrust of this study is that Nigeria in general should try to maintain continuity as well as achieve peace and success in language used by constantly and strategically expressing opinion and understand the opinions of others in the process of interacting with others. National security is not the business of the government alone. There should be collaboration by Nigerians to ensure effective and appropriate use of language in communication. Finally, the study recommends as follows: that Nigerians, especially, politicians should avoid making inflammatory and unguarded utterances that could threaten national security. People should also strengthen their feedback mechanisms, improve on their communication competence and that the Federal Government should show more commitment to the issue of national security by bringing to book anybody who makes inciting statements.


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Language, Tool, Security, National security.

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