The media in Nigeria is a vehicle through which the political elite can address the electorate. This in itself immediately exposes the media to potential political interference – particularly during election cycles and their associated campaigning periods. Since their vital role in amassing support for Nigeria’s independence in the 1950s, Nigeria’s newspapers have become powerful and highly respected players in the country’s political landscape.

Having long been the main distributor of news and information to the Nigerian public, newspapers have a lot of influence on the country’s political climate in terms of how political information is presented to the masses (Ekeanyanwu Tobechukwu, 2007). In this regard, the character of political reporting has long been dependent on ownership structures, and the owners’ relationship with the political system (Lynete Mukhongo, 18.01.2016). Notably a study from 2001 concluded that “the Nigerian press are always used by their owners – private party or government – for the propagation of the interests of such owners, especially in the struggle to gain power”.

This places into question the impartiality of newspapers in Nigeria.