n Journal of African Foreign Affairs - A pragmatic analysis of inconsistencies in selected political discourses of the APC led Federal Government and its implications for the governed - focus on Nigeria

Volume 4 Number 1-2
  • ISSN : 2056-564X
  • E-ISSN: 2056-5658



This paper examines and analyses inconsistencies in selected political discourses of key players of the All Progressive Congress (APC) led Federal Government of Nigeria within the theory of pragmatics by employing the Gricean maxims of Cooperative Principle to investigate such political discourses. It begins by looking at the centrality of communication in fostering good governance followed by a review of related literature and a discussion of the theoretical framework. The data for the study was obtained from selected political discourses of major stakeholders in the current administration since it came to power on May 29, 2015 and responses of randomly selected one hundred and fifty respondents via questionnaires. The findings revealed that there were indeed inconsistencies in the political discourses of the government of the day. These inconsistencies did not only flout the maxims of quality, quantity and manner, but also, have implications for the governed. These implications manifested in form of implicatures drawn by the respondents whose interpretation of these inconsistencies meant a lack of clear policy direction and sincerity on the part of the government. 71% of the respondents believed that these inconsistencies have contributed to hardship brought about by high foreign exchange rate which has crippled the naira, led to job losses, lack of foreign investment etc. The paper concluded by proffering suggestions on how these inconsistencies can be avoided and consequently, the trust of the citizenry earned.

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