VARSITY DON SUGGESTS USE OF ARABIC LITERATURE TO CURB SOCIETAL MENACE

As the peaceful existence of Nigeria continues to be threatened by myraid of rising trends in social vices, an Arabic Scholar in the Department of Arabic Studies, Faculty of Languages and Communication Studies, Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University, Lapai has suggested for adoption of ideals of Arabic Literature to combat the societal menace.

This was the position of Professor Aliyu Muhammad Jamiu of Arabic Department of the University while presenting the Institution’s 13th Inaugural Lecture on “Nigerian Literature : Effective Tool to Combat Societal Challenges”, held at the main campus.

He opined that societies the world-over, had continued to be faced with increasing rate of serious social issues that were not permitting peaceful co-existence of various nation-states; pointing out that, recent emerging social issues in Nigeria call for deliberate and strategic concerns of scholars in Ivory Towers and relevant stakeholders in the nation building project to come up with veritable ways of bringing the challenges to certain level of bearest minimum.

The Arabic scholar disclosed that, although there have been conscious efforts by every successive government in the country to combat the menace, none has produce the desired result.

The Inaugural Lecturer explained that the use of Arabic Literature in addressing societal challenges have been proved to be more potent over centuries because of its approach to the social and psychological dimensions as well as positive moral doctrines it strives to impact on the society.

Professor Jamiu emphasised that unless the government adopts the right approach to tackle the problem, the vices of armed banditry, kidnapping and other societal menace would continue to be on the increase.

The Scholar, therefore, called on Nigerian Arabic poets, playwrights and Arabic literary critics to redouble their efforts in producing literary works that could reduce societal challenges in the country.

Professor Jamiu also stressed the need for reformation of Qur’anic and Ilmi schools in the country with their management adhering to the universal quality pillars of education.

In his address, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Muhammad Nasir Maiturare stated that the topic of the 13th edition of Inaugural lecture was very critical and was internationally relevant.

He said that the Management was involved in linkages and partnership with some foreign governments, agencies and institutions towards uplifting academic excellence in Arabic and French Languages in the University.

He expressed satisfaction with the efforts of Arabic Department towards making the learning of Arabic language available to members of the University, which is in line of the goal of Management to make every staff and student proficient in one foreign language.

Professor Maiturare commended the Senate Committee on Seminars and Conferences for the success of the occasion and congratulated the Inaugural Lecturer for the scholarly presentation.

Earlier, the Chairman, Senate Committee on Seminars and Conferences, Professor Victor Kolawole commended the determination of the Inaugural Lecturer to make intellectual presentation on a very topical and contemporary development issue that would assist in reducing the level of social decadence in the society.

He also appreciated the University Management for full support.

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