Feature article: Bribery and corruption in Nigeria

Obinwannem News Feature article: Bribery and corruption in Nigeria

Wikipedia described bribery and corruption as a means of giving or receiving an unearned reward to influence someone’s behavior. One common form of bribery is a “kickback” – an unearned reward following favorable treatment. 

Both are corrupt. Corruption – is any unlawful or improper behavior that seeks to gain an advantage through illegitimate means. Bribery and corruption is a debating issue in Nigeria. 

Though servers political leaders try to treat this arising issue in Nigeria. But reverse u stage case. Different people seize this opportunity to deprive money and other bribery content on their own before rendering services they are paid to do.

In Nigeria, Political corruption is a persistent phenomenon in Nigeria. In 2012, Nigeria was estimated to have lost over $400 billion to corruption since independence.[1] In 2018 the country ranked 144th in the 180 countries listed in Transparency International’s Corruption Index (with Somalia, at 180th, is the most corrupt, and Denmark the least).

Despite the durable decades of Independence, Nigeria is still facing the challenge of Bribery and Corruption. 

The Leadership in Nigeria has been attributed by political bickering, mismanagement, lack of vision and the worst of all is that all the leaders have been gripped by severe corruption, which has become a serious and potential threat to the survival of the country (Kuffour, 2009).

 Corruption is a serious challenge in the public administration of Nigeria. That competition has deeply eaten into all the sectors of the Nigerian Society is to affirm the obvious. 

This can be attested from the exposures of various probe panels that have established or launched at various times by various regimes in the Nation. Corruption is at the core of the crisis in issues such as legitimacy and governance, rule of law, the application of sustainable democratic order, and the welfare of the citizens and National development.

 Corruption is the main evaluation of the glaring insolvable challenges of diseases, poverty, hunger including the general severe development challenges in the country (Of India, 2009). Corruption has severally affected the growth and the proper utilization of resources in the Nation. With the huge wealth from oil resources; political, social and economic strength, the country is referred to as the Giant of Africa.

 However; it was discovered that 25 years of corrupt and brutal military rule, which left a legacy and various mark of political corruption in the hands of the country’s influential political elites, who are sitting on top severe patronage networks the country was subdued to a non-giant status. 

The Educated and the Influential primarily views governance through the lens of their private survival and enrichment rather than National Development. The Centralized economic and political structures in the country tend to make those who regulate and handle Major state posts stupendously wealthy, while 75% of Nigerians fall into extreme poverty (Sklar et al, 2006)

Written By Adeluwoye Comfort Eniola Obinwannem News

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