African Journal of
Political Science and International Relations

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Pol. Sci. Int. Relat.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1996-0832
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJPSIR
  • Start Year: 2007
  • Published Articles: 368

Article in Press

A Functional Analysis of the 2011 NN24 Nigerian Presidential Debate


  •  Received: 06 April 2015
  •  Accepted: 17 December 2017
This paper applies the Functional Theory of Political Campaign Discourse to the 2011 Network News 24 presidential debate. Three of the four leading candidates participated: Muhammadu Buhari (Congress for Progressive Change), Nuhu Ribadu (Action Congress of Nigeria), and Ibrahim Shekarau (All Nigeria Peoples Party). These candidates acclaimed (69%) more frequently than they attacked (27%) or defended (4%). They discussed policy (46%) and character (54%) at similar rates. When they discussed general goals – and ideals – they acclaimed more than they attacked. Results of this analysis are compared with research on political leaders debates in other countries

Keywords: Television debates; Election campaign; Voting behavior, Political parties, Globalization