Every message has a target audience. When I listened to President Buhari’s Sallah message to Nigerians today, I couldn’t understand what was being said, because the message was delivered in Hausa language. I don’t understand that language, neither am I a Muslim.
Therefore, I assumed that the message wasn’t meant for me. But when I saw the same message in print, I noticed that our President was actually greeting ”all Nigerian Muslims and our brother Christians on the occasion of Eid-el-Fitr:” The message also enjoined all Nigerians to ”avoid reckless statements or actions against our fellow countrymen.” I admire the brevity and conciseness of the message. However, I wonder why the original message addressed me in Hausa language.
In the spirit of that original Sallah message, I hope that nobody would accuse me of being reckless in my statements and actions, when I also start using my native Ibil dialect while addressing the general public and my leaders, in particular.
In short, I am ending this post with these words:
Gafor whn wah. Ada Buhari, Ishowor jol nenah.
Nob baba nogor afenghe ba itek. Gogo, ada jama.
- Cornelius Ellah