In Imo State, 'English' Is The New Vernacular
You remember how your school teacher would flog sense into your head for speaking vernacular instead of English in school?
Well, Governor Okorocha of Imo State would do same for the monarchs in the state should they speak English instead of their local languages.
The governor has forbidden traditional rulers in the state from speaking English to their subjects.
They are not to utter a word of the Queens language at official functions and while conducting affairs at their palaces.
Okorocha gave the directive while handing over letters of recognition and staffs-of-office to 19 newly recognized traditional rulers in Owerri on Tuesday.
He directed that every monarch must only speak in Igbo at functions and in their palaces, adding that interpreters should be employed if the need arises.
The governor said this is in a bid to ensure that the Igbo language did not die as predicted in some quarters.
He also told traditional rulers in the state to be agents of peace, progress and prosperity in their respective domains instead of being tools of disunity and destabilization.