PERCEPTION OF LAGOSIANS ON MEDIA COVERAGE OF BOKO-HARAM INSURGENCY IN NIGERIA

Abstract

This study evaluates the perception and thinking of people living in Lagos and cities on media coverage of Boko-haram insurgency that has since been a threat to national security and economy decline. The study became essential because of the atmosphere in which Nigerians in the cities operate especially the fear that Boko-haram has extended its network to Lagos, Kano, Enugu, Plateau and Gombe states. The study used survey method with 120 copies of questionnaires distributed to residents of Lagos who were drawn using a purposive sampling method in which 116 copies were retrieved. Data collected were analyzed and interpreted using frequency and percentage method coupled with tables. It is the belief that the media can exist without undue coverage of terrorists devastating activities in selling the papers, it is thus advocated that less coverage should be given to terrorist activities which often make people think that the world is no longer safe to live in. It was discovered that terrorism can be curbed with the provision of adequate weapons for the military and keeping military information as secret as possible because announcing military propose an attack on terrorism prepared terrorists to either lay an ambush for military troops or change their location.

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