Yıl 2017, Cilt 3, Sayı 9, Sayfalar 948 - 953 2017-12-25
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## HATE SPEECH AND THE 2015 GENERAL ELECTIONS IN NIGERIA

#### Abiodun Fasakin [1] , Olusola Oyero [2] , Kehinde Oyesomi [3] , Nelson Okorie [4]

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Elections in the world are not taken with levity as it is one of the major determinants of what would become of the certain country in some years to come. During the 2015 general election in Nigeria, the political environment was intensified with the proliferation of adverts, political innuendos and propaganda messages. Media organisations in Nigeria, as always, became vehicles and channels of expressions and propaganda. A significant number of these messages had elements of hate speeches which were targeted at ridiculing opponents and opposition parties. Nigeria has witnessed several elections and campaigns with the intention of securing the people’s vote, however, the political environment of Nigeria is not which that can be describe as conducive with candidates attacking personalities and political parties. Questions are being raised as citizens want to find out the role hate speeches plays in election campaigns and how it affects voter’s choice of candidate with their perception about such candidate before, during and after the election. The essence of the hate speech is to ridicule and lower the esteem of others before well-meaning voters. This paper evaluated the extent at which hate speeches were used during the 2015 general elections in Nigeria. This paper was anchored on the social responsibility theory, which explains how media should ideally operate in a given society of social values and it is the standard against which the public judges. The paper concluded that many hate speeches were used across all the mass media during the 2015 general elections in Nigeria but as none of these people who uttered the hate speeches were not punished. The paper recommended that political actors that engage in the use of hate speeches during electioneering should be punished according to the electoral laws of the country. Furthermore, stringent punitive measures should be meted to media outlets that publish or broadcast hate speeches as a form of deterrent for the growth of democracy in Nigeria.

Hate Speeches, Television, political campaign, elections and Nigeria
 Bibtex @araştırma makalesi { ijasos367311, journal = {International E-Journal of Advances in Social Sciences}, issn = {}, eissn = {2411-183X}, address = {OCERINT International Organization Center of Academic Research}, year = {2017}, volume = {3}, pages = {948 - 953}, doi = {10.18769/ijasos.367311}, title = {HATE SPEECH AND THE 2015 GENERAL ELECTIONS IN NIGERIA}, key = {cite}, author = {Oyero, Olusola and Okorie, Nelson and Oyesomi, Kehinde and Fasakin, Abiodun} } APA Fasakin, A , Oyero, O , Oyesomi, K , Okorie, N . (2017). HATE SPEECH AND THE 2015 GENERAL ELECTIONS IN NIGERIA. International E-Journal of Advances in Social Sciences, 3 (9), 948-953. DOI: 10.18769/ijasos.367311 MLA Fasakin, A , Oyero, O , Oyesomi, K , Okorie, N . "HATE SPEECH AND THE 2015 GENERAL ELECTIONS IN NIGERIA". International E-Journal of Advances in Social Sciences 3 (2017): 948-953 Chicago Fasakin, A , Oyero, O , Oyesomi, K , Okorie, N . "HATE SPEECH AND THE 2015 GENERAL ELECTIONS IN NIGERIA". International E-Journal of Advances in Social Sciences 3 (2017): 948-953 RIS TY - JOUR T1 - HATE SPEECH AND THE 2015 GENERAL ELECTIONS IN NIGERIA AU - Abiodun Fasakin , Olusola Oyero , Kehinde Oyesomi , Nelson Okorie Y1 - 2017 PY - 2017 N1 - doi: 10.18769/ijasos.367311 DO - 10.18769/ijasos.367311 T2 - International E-Journal of Advances in Social Sciences JF - Journal JO - JOR SP - 948 EP - 953 VL - 3 IS - 9 SN - -2411-183X M3 - doi: 10.18769/ijasos.367311 UR - http://dx.doi.org/10.18769/ijasos.367311 Y2 - 2017 ER - EndNote %0 International E-Journal of Advances in Social Sciences HATE SPEECH AND THE 2015 GENERAL ELECTIONS IN NIGERIA %A Abiodun Fasakin , Olusola Oyero , Kehinde Oyesomi , Nelson Okorie %T HATE SPEECH AND THE 2015 GENERAL ELECTIONS IN NIGERIA %D 2017 %J International E-Journal of Advances in Social Sciences %P -2411-183X %V 3 %N 9 %R doi: 10.18769/ijasos.367311 %U 10.18769/ijasos.367311 ISNAD Fasakin, Abiodun , Oyero, Olusola , Oyesomi, Kehinde , Okorie, Nelson . "HATE SPEECH AND THE 2015 GENERAL ELECTIONS IN NIGERIA". International E-Journal of Advances in Social Sciences 3 / 9 (Aralık 2017): 948-953. http://dx.doi.org/10.18769/ijasos.367311