Information from: “The Ayu language of Central Nigeria and its affinities” . Roger Blench (2011)
100 percent certain, based on the evidence available
only in the hundreds
"The number of ethnic Ayu might be as high as 10,000 given the relatively large settlements, but truly fluent speakers are probably only in the hundreds. Nonetheless, there are many individuals with a fragmentary knowledge of the language."
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"Many of the ethnic Ayu living [near Fadan Ayu] have only a limited command of the language. The dominant language is this area is Hausa and almost the entire population seems fluent in it... Children appear to have a passive knowledge of Ayu but do not speak it on a daily basis. Even the older generation are easily at a loss for words in Ayu and it seems that it is not spoken all that much on a daily basis. Despite this, the Ayu are intensely proud of their culture and history and it clear that Ayu identity is not under threat. Consequently the loss of the language could probably be reversed."
OTHER LANGUAGES USED BY THE COMMUNITY
"Spoken in Ungwar Nungu village in Kaduna State, Nigeria... Ayu speakers live in the following villages: Kongon, Gwade, Tayu, Arau, Diger, Ikwa [=Mayir], Agamati, Anka Ambel and Amantu all in the hilly region around Fadan Ayu."