Nigerian Media and the Anti-Corruption Campaign: A Discourse of Contemporary Issues and Challenges Delimiting Media Potency

Tokunbo Alex Adaja

Abstract


The last three decades witnessed a geometric rise in the quantum and sophistication in the dynamics of corruption in Nigeria. The Transparency International (TI), an international corruption monitoring organization, had, in the 1990s, consistently rated Nigeria as one of the most corrupt nations of the world. Although, bodies, agencies and institutions were put in place by successive Nigerian governments to fight corruption; indications show that much has not been achieved. Thus, if all these institutions and agencies have seemingly failed in the campaign against corruption, the onus rests on the Nigerian media to sensitize the citizenry to the social, political and economic consequences of corruption on the nation. The writer posits that the role of the Nigerian media in mobilizing the citizenry to shun corruption is critical and crucial to the success of the anti-corruption campaign. This piece examines some of the contemporary issues and challenges confronting the Nigerian media as well as suggests some lee-ways to circumventing the challenges so that the Nigerian media can position itself as a potent agent of change.

 

Keywords: Nigerian Media, Anti-corruption, Mobilization, Citizenry, Change Agent.


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