There are Arabic inscriptions on some of Nigeria’s national symbols like currency and army logo. These inscriptions are seen by many as a religious conspiracy. But are they? So far, the answer is no.
You see, there is nothing particularly wrong with having Arabic inscriptions in some of our national symbols. It is the same thing as having Chinese, Japanese, Latin or English inscriptions. You see, Arabic is a language not a religion.
Many do not know that there are even Arab Christians in existence today. The Arabic form of writing is their everyday way of communication, just as a lot of us communicate with English inscriptions. Just as the Igbos used to communicate with Nsibidi form of writing.
Something would only be wrong if someone told us accurately that the inscriptions mean something like a call on members of one religion to kill members of another religion.
Up till now, no one has said that’s what those inscriptions mean.
Last word: we all use the numbers 1- to 10 and their infinite variants. Well I have news for you. Those numbers (1-10 and their variants) are nothing but Arabic numerals. So, Arabic is just a language and not a religious symbol.
The 10 on our 10 naira, 20 on our 20 naira, 50, 100,500 and 1000 on our naira notes are all Arabic numerals. Should we then also remove them and replace them, with what?