oa The Constitution - Third term and the language of political conflict

Volume 6, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1595-5753



This article critiques the language and media discourse on the Third Term agenda. Its methodology is a combination of both quantitative and qualitative styles, giving the reader a grasp of the markers of perspective in the conflict, discourse and reportage on the recently failed attempt to amend the 1999 Constitution of Nigeria, to prolong the tenure President Olusegun Obasanjo, among other provisions. 1t defines the key concepts that underline media discourse theories, and its correlation to the authors analysis on the 'third term' politics, language use and conflicts in the Nigerian print media. By highlighting, the contending elements involved. 1t surveys the presentation and contestation of the discourse, partisan politics, and its articulation in the combative language of we and them. It is interdisciplinary in slant, especially its adoption of Foucaultian pattern in examining the discourse both in non-linguistic expression, like semiotic flagging with: objects, attributes, activities, etc. next to strictly textual and conversational language. The article concludes by underlining the one-sidedness of the analysis in its focus on the anti-third term perspectives. This is however excusable on the grounds that those who aired their support for tenure elongation lacked the political muscle to fully account for their perspectives.

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