The Role of Media in Strengthening Anti-Corruption Crusade in Nigeria

  • Musa Alhassan Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria
  • Daiyabu Hassan Mohammed Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria


This paper examined the role of media in strengthening the fight against corruption in Nigeria. Since 1999 when the country returned to democratic rule, there has been a heighten expectation that the media in general will assume it’s role of serving as the watchdog over the activities of government on behalf of the public. This paper therefore addressed the question: has the media lived up to the expectations of the public in the area of the fight against corruption by government officials. Using in-depth interview our findings revealed that the media has been playing the role expected of it in the fight against corruption. The work of investigative journalists has helped to expose incidences of corruption among public office holders. However, the study also found that much is expected from the media given that many media houses shy away from investigative journalism. Also, the study found that the Freedom of Information Act is grossly underutilized. The paper therefore recommends that Journalists should deepen their capacity to perform the watch dog function, and finally journalists can also explore the new media for publishing investigative news that are blocked in conventional media.

How to Cite
ALHASSAN, Musa; MOHAMMED, Daiyabu Hassan. The Role of Media in Strengthening Anti-Corruption Crusade in Nigeria. KIU Journal of Humanities, [S.l.], v. 4, n. 1, p. 7-14, may 2019. ISSN 2522-2821. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 24 jan. 2022.