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Title:The role of peace journalism in the deconstruction of elections and the 'national question' in Nigeria
Author:Adebayo, Joseph Olusegun
Year:2017
Periodical:International Journal of African Renaissance Studies (ISSN 1753-7274)
Volume:12
Issue:1
Pages:140-156
Language:English
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:journalism
elections
ethnicity
political stability
peacebuilding
Link:http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/18186874.2017.1333298
Abstract:Nigeria, a very fragile country, is constantly teetering towards dissolution. For several decades post-independence, the country has been plagued by protracted disputations among the diverse ethnic nationalities, which have been attributed to the inadvertent merger of the Northern and Southern protectorates in 1914 by the British colonialists. Since the merger, there has been intense unrest among the various ethnic groups with tensions for greater resource control and self-determination. The country has also witnessed the intense politicisation of religion in ways that have continued to aggravate the deepening antagonism between Christians and Muslims, further broadening already existing fault lines. The longdrawn-out bickering has led to calls for a renegotiation of the terms of cohabitation among the various ethnic nationalities; and this has given rise to the 'national question', a term used to describe the quest to review the dilemmas associated with accommodating multiple-identity communities within the framework of a single, integrated, national political system. This article argues that traditional media reportage of the 'national question' in Nigeria has been more divisive than uniting. The article proposes the adoption of a peace journalism approach to reporting the 'national question' to ensure that members of the various ethnic nationalities consider and value non-violent responses to conflict. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract]
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