Coverage of the National Assembly Crises in the Nigeria’s Fourth Republic by Select Mainstream Newspapers
The study was conducted to determine the coverage given to various crises that occurred in the National Assembly of Nigeria from 1999 to 2016 by The Guardian, The Punch and Vanguard newspapers. Content analysis was adopted while coding sheet was used as the instrument of data collection. Results showed that the select newspapers published 1,740 news articles on National Assembly crises from 1999 to 2016. Findings indicated that most of the news stories on the National Assembly crises were written in double columns (62.1%), multiple columns accounted for 32.4%, while single column was employed in disseminating 5.5 % of the crises stories. The main crises that rocked the National Assembly were financial corruption (40.3%), leadership tussle (12.3%), bribery (10.5%), forgery accounted for 9.6%, budget padding (8.5%) and impeachment of National Assembly leaders (8.7%). Results of the Chi Square tests on the null hypotheses showed that there is statistically a significant difference between the newspapers and the types of crisis reported as p < 0.05. This means that the P value for types of crisis is significant to prediction on press reportage of the various National Assembly various. Therefore, it was concluded that as a result of the importance or danger which the crises rocking the National Assembly posed to the continued survival of democracy in Nigeria, the select newspapers gave the various crises attention with reasonable coverage.