Social Media and Citizens’ Involvement in Governance: Focus on Facebook Comments on Anti-Open Grazing Bill in Benue State, Nigeria

  • Patrick Udende University of Ilorin
  • Sylvester Iorkase
  • Jacob Gbaden Chiakaan
  • Tajudeen Olarenwaju Yusuf

Abstract

Against the backdrop that social media platforms avail citizens the opportunity to influence governance, the study examines citizens’ involvement in the passage of anti-open grazing bill in Benue State, Nigeria. The objective is to determine whether Facebook can be a uniting platform among citizens thereby, facilitating democratic development. The population of study is all text messages posted on Facebook pertaining to the anti-open grazing bill. Adopting qualitative approach, the study content-analyses Facebook posts purposively selected between March and June 2017. The study descriptively analyses data. Deducing from the data, Facebook plays a cohesive role for citizens to register their concerns with a view to influencing government legislations and actions. While the study recommends the sustained use of Facebook in canvassing for a cause with moderation, it also recommends that government at all levels should always show commitment in addressing issues capable of disrupting peaceful co-existence among people.

Author Biography

Patrick Udende, University of Ilorin

Department of Mass Communication

Published
2019-01-23
How to Cite
UDENDE, Patrick et al. Social Media and Citizens’ Involvement in Governance: Focus on Facebook Comments on Anti-Open Grazing Bill in Benue State, Nigeria. International Journal of Communication:An Interdisciplinary Journal of Communication Studies, [S.l.], v. 23, n. 2, jan. 2019. ISSN 2630-6689. Available at: <https://journal.ijcunn.com/index.php/IJC/article/view/396>. Date accessed: 17 july 2019.
Section
Articles