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.
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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