Social Media as Valuable Anti-Corruption Assets in the Public Sphere in Nigeria

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B. Babasanya
L. Ganiyu
U. F. Yahaya
O. E. Olagunju
S. O. Olafemi
Amamat A. Olorukooba
T. O. Ademola
G. O. Oladele

Abstract

The issue of corruption in Nigeria has assumed a monumental dimension in such a way that it has become a household song and practice. Thus, adopting a rhetoric definition may not be appropriate instead a succinct description will suffice. The dimension of corruption is monumental because it started from pre-independence in the First republic with the first major political figure found culpable and investigated in 1944 and reach its peak recently with the evolvement of ‘godfatherism’ in the political landscape of the country. Therefore, corruption in Nigeria is more or less a household name. Using Social Responsibility Media Theory as a guide, this paper undertakes an examination of the right of the media to inform the public, serve the political system by making information, discussion and consideration of public affairs generally accessible, and to protect the rights of the individual by acting as watchdog over the governments. This discourse analysis is backed up with the presentation of documented materials on tracking corruption through the use of social media. Since the use of mainstream media only is disadvantageous owing to its demand-driven nature, social media stands as a veritable and result-orientated asset in tracking corruption across the public sphere. This paper found that complimented with mainstream media, social media and civic journalism have exposed corrupt tendencies of contractors and public office holders including the political class in the provision and handling of infrastructural development projects thereby make public officials accountable and create an open access to good governance.

Keywords:
Social media, public sphere, technology, anti-corruption, mass media.

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Babasanya, B., Ganiyu, L., Yahaya, U. F., Olagunju, O. E., Olafemi, S. O., Olorukooba, A. A., Ademola, T. O., & Oladele, G. O. (2020). Social Media as Valuable Anti-Corruption Assets in the Public Sphere in Nigeria. Asian Journal of Agricultural Extension, Economics & Sociology, 38(12), 1-10. https://doi.org/10.9734/ajaees/2020/v38i1230481
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