Critical Discourse Analysis of Selected Nigerian Political Hate Speeches


  • Harriet Chinyere Obiora University of Nigeria
  • Sopuruchi Christian Aboh University of Nigeria
  • Bridget O. Dioka University of Nigeria



hate speeches, political discourses, APC, PDP, critical discourse analysis


The study examines the hate speeches used by the Nigerian politicians within the theoretical framework of Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA). Some of the hate speeches used by the Nigerian politicians are selected and analyzed. The objectives of this study include identifying and investigating the hate speeches using critical discourse analysis. The random sampling is used to elucidate data from Nigerian dailies. The data includes hate speeches used by Nigerian politicians against the opposing parties or individuals. The methodology for this research is the descriptive approach. The study finds out that the hate speeches are seen in this study as the use of accusations and judgments, mockery and degradation, propagation and solving problems using disdain statements and the use of rhetoric by the members of All Progressive Congress (APC) and People Democratic Party (PDP) in Nigeria to show power and dominance over one another.

Author Biographies

Harriet Chinyere Obiora, University of Nigeria

Department of Linguistics, Igbo & Other Nigerian Languages

Sopuruchi Christian Aboh, University of Nigeria

Department of Linguistics, Igbo & Other Nigerian Languages

Bridget O. Dioka, University of Nigeria

Centre for Igbo Studies


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