NEWSPAPERS’ REPORTORIAL ANALYSIS OF FARMERS-HERDERS CONFLICT IN SOUTHERN KADUNA, NORTHWEST, NIGERIA

Faruk Nanoh Bello

By
Faruk Nanoh Bello
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Mass Communication Department
Faculty of Social Sciences
Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria-Nigeria

ABSTRACT

The protracted nature of farmers and herdsmen conflict in Southern Kaduna and the attendant destructions of lives and property have overtime been a source of concern. The media is a very powerful tool in creating understanding and deescalating conflicts. However, there are indications that the Nigerian media is sometimes used inadvertently to instigate conflicts due to its history of polarization. Consequently, this study analyzes the coverage of herdsmen and farmers’ conflict in Southern Kaduna by Daily Trust and Guardian newspapers from 2nd January to 2nd July 2016. The objectives are to analyze the level of prominence to the coverage of farmer-herders conflict in Southern Kaduna by the select newspapers, identify the frames used by the select newspapers. The study adopted content analysis as its research method, using coding sheet to obtain relevant data. Framing theory was adopted to underpin the study. Findings reveal that not much prominence is accorded the conflict and the frames are not completely positive. The study concludes that some stories reported on the farmers-herders conflict in Southern Kaduna by Daily Trust and The Guardian newspapers were conflict-inclined while some are solution-driven in their approach. The study therefore recommends that it is imperative to ensure that the public is not misled in conflict matters, because in conflict situations, false information can aggravate issues.

Keywords: Reportorial, analysis, farmers-herders, newspaper, conflict.