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Curbing Hatred: The Ethnic Diehards' Agitations and 2015 Presidential Election Campaign in Nigeria

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Abigail Odozi Ogwezzy-Ndisika ,

University of Lagos, NG
About Abigail Odozi
Abigail Odozi Ogwezzy-Ndisika is a Professor of Development and Mass Communication at the Department of Mass Communication, University of Lagos, Nigeria; currently she is the substantive Head of the Department, after two acting appointments; and the Department’s first female professor. She is a recipient of ELF Petroleum Coy Ltd and British Chevening scholarships; Erasmus Mundus Exchange Scholar grantee among others.
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Babatunde Adeshina Faustino,

University of Lagos, NG
About Babatunde Adeshina
Babatunde Adeshina Faustino is a doctoral student in the Department of Mass Communication, University of Lagos. He has participated in several research activities within and outside the Department of Mass Communication, University of Lagos. He is a member of Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR), Advertising Practitioners’ Council of Nigeria (APCON), and Association of Communication Scholars and Professionals of Nigeria (ACSPN). He is a laureate of Bloomberg Media Initiative Africa (BMIA).
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Kelechi Okechukwu Amakoh

University of Lagos, NG
About Kelechi
Kelechi Okechukwu Amakoh is a Graduate Assistant in the Department of Mass Communication, University of Lagos, Nigeria. He holds a B.Sc (First Class honours) in Mass Communication from the same department. He is an Erasmus Mundus Scholar at Aarhus University, Denmark and University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands and currently studying Journalism, Media and Globalisation (with specialization in Media and Politics). He was the Editor-in-chief of two campus publications: Unilag Sun and Masscope.
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Abstract

Nigeria witnessed bouts of hate speeches during the buildup to the March 28, 2015 Presidential election. Politicians and their allies made use of acerbic words, half-truths and outright lies during their electioneering campaigns. The election was regarded as a ‘do-or-die’ affair by the politicians. Their activities were alarming and apprehensions were rife about the success of the election and peaceful transition of power. Hence, the two major contestants, Goodluck Jonathan and Muhammadu Buhari along with nine party leaders signed the ‘Abuja Accord’ on January 14, 2015.
Furthermore, the country experienced a season of acerbic comments, issuance of quit notices and calls for secessions by ethnic jingoists. These activities heated up the polity and caused panic among the citizens of the country. On June 6, 2017, the Arewa Youth Consultative Forum comprising of 19 Northern states of Nigeria issued a 90-day ultimatum to South-Eastern residents in the North to vacate the region before October 1, 2017.
This article explores the use of hate speech in electioneering campaign drawing from secondary data i.e. newspaper excerpts; and through the lens of ethics using relevant Communication Practice Codes, Nigerian Press Council Code, Nigerian Broadcasting Code, 2012 and relevant sections of Electoral Act 2010. It also examines the issue of the ethnic diehards’ agitations and quit notice and its implications for national peace, security and justice. The argument and submission of this paper highlights ways of curbing hatred, advancing of peace, acceptance, tolerance and justice.
How to Cite: Ogwezzy-Ndisika, A.O., Faustino, B.A. and Okechukwu Amakoh, K., 2019. Curbing Hatred: The Ethnic Diehards' Agitations and 2015 Presidential Election Campaign in Nigeria. Journal of Hate Studies, 15(1), pp.233–253. DOI: http://doi.org/10.33972/jhs.169
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Published on 25 Sep 2019.

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