fighting corruption

In Nigeria today, corruption plays out in a variety of ways, it perpetrates poverty; impeach economic growth, undermined #governance, deemed the beam of development. While corruption is celebrated in Nigeria, else where, the issue is totally different and repulsive. Corruption in Nigeria is systematical and it permits every stratum of society through bribery or administrative corruption, nepotism and appropriation of public fund. In countries like France, India, Italy and United Kingdom, corrupt public office holders incurred the rot of the people and those that fingers of accusation are directed at are either forced to resign their position/position or they voluntarily offered to resign. Such remorseful action on the part of public officers is a aridity In Nigeria; partly because criminality is celebrated just as integrity is usually dumped in trash cans.

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In the first and second republic, just as in the last decade of democratic experience, corruption has been quite visible and articulated in the political lazes to the extent that stealing or impropriety was not as clearly classified as corruption. This not withstanding, it seems to be no respite from the menace instead the cancer eats and it still eating deep into the fabric of the political life to the extend that it almost incapacitate the security agencies established as a watchdog. The anti-corruption agencies such as The Independent Corrupt Practice Commission [ICPC], The Economic & financial Crime Commission [EFCC] & The Code of Conduct Bureau where established with the view to reversing the decayed and the retardation within the infrastructure of government and the society, in physical, social and human terms appears to have emasculated. Though these agencies have to some extent provided the editorial backbone in the fight against corruption, they seem to be bored by allegations bordering on things of selectivity in their operation, its however consoling that the Anti-Corruption agencies are making some efforts to justify their establishment. For instance, the EFCC through it chairmen Mr. Lamode last year disclosed that the commission is currently persecuting severed high profile cases beside many other cases pending before the courts of law. This indeed is a commendable feat given the fact that other sister organizations such as Code of conduct and The Independent Corrupt Practices Commission are doggedly committed to their duties. One issue has however remained worrisome especially the period of time spent on agitation and other outcomes. Obviously, the mere absence or lack of effective deterrent as well as the slow tortoise legal professes are not only hindering the crusade against corruption but are also creating suspicion, fear and anxiety in the minds of the people. It’s indeed frustrating and irritating to note that cases involving politically exposed persons filed many years ago are still pending  or haven’t been diligently prosecuted and some of the suspects are seen everywhere flaunting their illicit wealth. Naturally, it’s expected that if such suspected corrupt public officers are not confined, they should diligently be denied or not offered the opportunities for them not using  such wealth to influence decision in the society to their own further advantage.

Nigeria’s legal system has several loop-holes that make it difficult if not impossible to cub corruption because of these social wrongs gradually becoming a way of life in our society. Specifically, Nigerians seems to have constantly validated the practice of giving and accepting bribes and other corruptible incentives such as kola nut in appreciation or participation of a favor as acceptable norms. Today, many public officers and functionaries performing oversight functions are heavily induced so also are states’ chief executives who are offered or flattered with chieftain title and food items for doing what’s expected of them during their political tenor in office. In this regard, one would call on our security agencies especially the intelligence units to become pre-active in their duties and training with the view to contain the rampaging criminality in our country. For a menace to be abridged, advocacy against corruption and good examples should be the best starting point to deal with the hydra headed MONSTER CALLED CORRUPTION.

Nigeria like most developing nations is on the process of self discovery and she is a work in progress; one thing we should never forget or contemplate at this point is to continue to work on our flaws toward corruption.

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If the country if to make progress on the economic and political growth, we must form the culture of zero tolerance for corruption it must be promoted at all level of the society. It is gratifying to note that the President Muhamadu Buhari’s administration has recovered a number of looted public funds (though no account). If indeed the present administration is desirous of terming corruption in our public live, there is need to strengthen relevant institutions such as the judiciary and allied agencies dealing with corruption, to achieve this, we must develop active social conscience so that we can expose doers of evil wherever they are found. Problems of unemployment and insecurity will not disappear no matter how much we pray if we fail to term the virus called corruption.
It’s generally known that corruption in whatever manifestation has been a major developmental challenge in Nigeria for a long time now, according to statistics, most Nigerians, regardless of religious or tribal connotations, consider the fight against corruption as the country’s topmost priority in view of it validating negative effect on the nation and it people. From one administration to another both civilian and military, the scorch of corruption has continued to challenge our existence with little or no success on the fight against this MONSTER.

The gap between the rich and poor is so wide in Nigeria such that the rich is getting rich while the poor are getting poorer, it a survival of the fittest

Most of the societal ills the country have been facing including the insurgency in some part of the country can be traced partly to the lithely of corruption in the country over the years.
The way forward should be for all Nigerians to undergo basic education foundation (compulsory), government of all forms should put a stop to this sorting (bribe in schools) and create vocational skills centers for those that may not like education. Government should reduce the high charges of fees in schools, try to discourage private schools, carryout empowerment programs, revisit the agricultural sector and stop fighting pass politicians in the name of fighting corruption and learn to be transparent in our endeavors.     

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