Textual Analysis of Select Social Media Hate Speech Messages against Clergymen in Nigeria
This study is a textual analysis of select social media hate speech messages against clergymen in Nigeria. The objectives of the study were to examine the degree of hate speech messages against select clergymen in Nigeria, the frames of hate speech messages against select clergymen in Nigeria and the impacts of social media hate speeches on clergymen in Nigeria. The theory adopted for the study was the social responsibility theory while qualitative textual analysis was the research design. Using the multi-stage sampling technique, Facebook was chosen as social medium for study why Temitope Balogun Joshua was also chosen as the cleric for the study. Findings from the study showed that hate speech is inimical to individual and group rights as well as religious stability and it is an abuse of freedom of the press. The researchers concluded that there are many hate speeches made against clergymen in the social media, especially hate speeches on Facebook directed at late TB Joshua beween January through July 2021. Based on the findings, it was recommended, among others, that all forms of hate speeches with or without evidence should not be made on social media because media do not convict people of their crimes and hate speeches could devalue the hate speech maker.