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Why should any Nigerian want Arabic on Nigerian currencies?

http://odili.net/news/source/2007/mar/4/312.html

I really don't see the point why any reasonable citizen will support that Arabic should be on any Nigerian currency.

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Muslims Rejects New Naira Notes: No Arabic Inscription

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slamic nation and nigeria are two different countries, islamic nation is slamic nation, they can have their arabic in their cash, nigeria will have nigeria stuff in their cash, chikina

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If these new currency was withdrawn and then arabic writings put unto it, Nigeroa would be plunged into a full on religous war!!!

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Furthermore, the pictures on the currencies indicate that Nigeria as a nation comprises of many ethnicity groups and that should be good enough.

I think it is fair and save to say "Let's focus on the value of the CURRENCIES"

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@AFAM

You came back too late, McKren already got KUDOS for this one.

Our main concern should be implementing an effective strategy to restore the value of Naira; not fighting over what should be written on it.

If Naira has no value, who really cares about what is written on it?

It seems to me that many are still sleeping and facing the same direction; absolutely not a pleasant state of mind.

We need to wake up and restructure our priority in Nigeria.

By the way, Mr AFAM, your two reasons are solid and very reasonable.

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these points are very ok with a right thinking Nigerian

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1. Arabic is not our official language neither is it even a local/native one.

2. Arabic is based on religious stand and Nigeria being a multi religious nation need not promote any thing perculiar to one religion or even dabble into any religious issue for that matter.

Hope the two reasons are ok with you.

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everybody is entitled to his or her own opinion just like u have the right to challenge their opinions too

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I see this simply as another trait of the Islamic intolerance. Why don't we put some Latin inscription to satisfy the Catholics.

Nigeria is a secular country and we should not have to put any religious symbols on the currency or any other property of State.

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Posted by McKren:

Definitely, a responsible comment.

Our main priority should be the value of Naira, not what is written on it.

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OK McKren, it is now confirmed that you do have balls; infact you have 3. lol

Excellent respond!

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Another clear example of lack of direction, instead of worrying about the purchasing power of Naira it is whether a religous inscription should be on it.

Those who suggest that Aramaic, or Hebrew or Latin should be on it if Arabic must be on it are not wrong afterall some people in southeast claim they have links with the jews while some in south west say their decendants are from south america thus hebrew and latin should be inscribed on it to pacify such people too.

What does this lead to, confusion which only exacerbates the ethnic and religous tensions that time and time again threatens the very existence of this country. I am even more disappointed that a statement like this came from a very young Sultan who doubles as a General in the Nigerian Army. His experience will rather suggest he understands the security implications of his comments and thus the need to play down on such a comment.

If a statement like this is coming from him then I am sorry the dream of having a secular Nigeria is no where near sight.

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David

Not only that also a few words of Latin the official language of the Vatican

Why should Arabic a language not recognised as an official language be on our national currency?

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In other to settle this quarrel, i vote we introduce Hebrew and Aramaic inscriptions on our Naira from henceforth!

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Unity and respect for one another.

I truly think it will help our nation in many ways.

Even PASO (Mexican currency) is being used in some parts of Florida.

Live and let's live; not live and let's die.

Couple of Arabic words will keep these people quiet and it will never hurt anything at the end of the day.

AFAM: could you please give us 2 sensible reasons why we shouldn't have Arabic on Nigerian currencies?

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@BigB1,

I do not know the percentage. Some say 60 - 40 others claim 50 -50, but for me it does not matter.

Let me reiterate, the federal government should not get involved in religious matters for the interest of peace.

If the arabic inscriptions were put there because the majority of the North were used to Islamic education I think it makes perfect sense to remove them now that the Hausa language can effectively represent the meaning of the naira denomination just as Igbo or Yoruba language even though the 3 major ethnic groups are just 3 out of so many ethnic groups in Nigeria.

Or, can you state why you think we need arabic inscription on our naira note in this age and time?

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it is atrocious for anyone to want Arabic on Nigerian currency. this is the kind of act that promote terrorist

and segregation in Nigeria. How will the Muslim population feel if Hebrew or some Christianity was inscribe

on Nigerian currency? ARABIC is not Nigerian national language. this is religion and you must separate

religion and politics at all level. this is why we have people like IBB and Buhari trying to turn Nigeria to a

Muslim nation. how can we unit Nigeria if we promote this act?

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AFAM:

Could please give me the percentage of Muslim and Christian in Nigeria?

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I believe there is some miscoception here: the 'arabic' written on the Naira notes were not actually 'arabic language', it was simply the use of arabic letters to write in hausa because at the tme most northerners had islamic education and could only read arabic letters, much in the same way yoruba, igbo, efik and co are written using english type alphabets. the reasoning now is that hausa has been firmly entrenched as a language that can be written with english type alphabet, hence removing the need for arabic lettering to be used on the Naira.

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I really don't see the point why any reasonable citizen will NOT support that Arabic should not be on any Nigerian currency.

http://twinstaiye.blogspot.com/2007/03/new-naira-notes-and-arabic-inscription.html

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It is not a bad idea to have couple of words in Arabic on Nigerian currencies. It wouldn't hurt anybody or anything. It is embracing respect and compromising that make life fun and enjoyable to all.

We are all brothers and sisters; we should all develop that same mentality.

Believe me, at the end of the day, it will be beneficial to all of us.

(for instance, United States is now changing few things to accommodate Spanish people)

It is live and let's live; not live and let's die.

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Arabic is not our language whether local or borrowed. I fail to understand what religion has to do with inscriptions on the naira notes.

As a matter of fact it is not proper for any nation to dabble into any religious affairs to avoid problems.

I agree that we must learn to live together, tolerate one another but to allow arabic inscriptions on our national currency is neither beneficial nor necessary.

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Exactly, Spanish people is not the same as Spanish religion (if there is anything like that) and it has nothing to do with their currency.

In our own case, do we have arabs in Nigeria or is the arabic language strictly based on the language of the Holy Quran?

Religion and State should not be mixed for the interest of all.

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@topic:

To understand why, you've got to be open minded and think broadly.

Nigeria is a nation that comprises of 2 major religion groups. One of these groups happens to belief in Arabic and I do not think it is a crime if they want Arabic on Nigerian currencies; after all, Nigeria is also their country.

In other to move forward effectively both groups must learn or know how to compromise and respect one another.

It is simple, Unity should be our best friend if we want to live as one and live in peace.

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