The Presidency has concluded arrangements for Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, to lead a national campaign on reawakening the spirit of patriotism and respect for national values among Nigerians, in pidgin English.
At a press briefing on Friday, Damilola Oni, the National Coordinator of “HIYA Nigeria”, a nationwide sensitisation programme launched by the VP in 2017, made this known to journalists in Abuja.
HIYA is an acronym for H-Hausa, I-Igbo, Y-Yoruba, and All Nigerian Languages (Pidgin).
Oni said the presidency had noted the disconnect between citizens and the Nigerian values and symbols and has developed, through HIYA Nigeria, a framework for bridging the gap using a national broadcast plan.
Against that backdrop, she said Osinbajo would be featuring in a pidgin English live talk show aired on national television to reorient and expose Nigerians to the roadway to national independence.
She said: “Our first guest is the vice president; he will come and speak Pidgin English live on air at 6 p.m.
“He will also play the puzzle game – how much he knows Nigeria?
“The vice president will be speaking on the topic,`The Road Way to Independence’; he will speak on what the independence used to be and what it is now.
“He will talk about the constitution from the point of view of a constitutional lawyer.
“The general genre of the programme is a talk show; a live phone-in television programme in Hausa, Igbo, Yoruba and all Nigerian language (Pidgin English),’’ she said.
The maiden edition of the talk show will be aired live across NTA stations on Startimes on Monday 8th October. 2018.
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