Cibak language

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Native toNigeria
RegionBorno State
Native speakers
200,000 (2014)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3ckl

Cibak (variously rendered Chibuk, Chibok, Chibbak, Chibbuk, Kyibaku, Kibbaku, Kikuk) is an Afro-Asiatic language spoken by about 200,000 people in Nigeria.[1]

Cibak is spoken in Askira/Uba, Chibok and Damboa local government areas in the south of Borno State in Nigeria.[3] The majority of speakers are Muslims ;[4] most of the schoolgirls abducted in the 2014 Chibok kidnapping by Boko Haram were Cibak-speakers.[5]


  • Mu'azu, Mohammed Aminu (2015). Kibaku (Chibok) – English dictionary: Kibaku (Chibok) – English, English – Kibaku(Chibok). Languages of the world. Dictionaries. Muenchen: Lincom. ISBN 9783862885275.


  1. ^ a b Cibak at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Cibak". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
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  4. ^ "Kibaku of Nigeria". Prayer Focus. The Seed Company. Archived from the original on May 17, 2014. Retrieved May 16, 2014.
  5. ^ Adam Nossiter (May 14, 2014). "Tales of Escapees in Nigeria Add to Worries About Other Kidnapped Girls". New York Times. Retrieved May 15, 2014.