By Tayo Ogunbiyi
The issue of corruption has over the years been a constant subject of discourse among Nigerians. To properly underscore how germane the subject has become in the affairs of the country, the current leader of our nation, President Muhammadu Buhari, made the fight against corruption one of the most focal points of his electoral campaign. At every given opportunity and platform, he was always telling Nigerians that: “If we don’t kill corruption, corruption will kill us”. This, no doubt, highlights the endemic nature of corruption in Nigeria.
It is, therefore, not surprising that the corruption image of Nigeria has become global. The country was ranked high in corruption by Transparency International Index as well as other prominent bodies that monitor the intensity of corrupt practices in the world. In 2001, Nigeria was ranked the 2nd most corrupt nation in the world after Bangladesh. In 2003, Nigeria, again, was the 2nd most corrupt country in the world. In 2004, a minor improvement was made as the country ranked the 3rd most corrupt country in the world.
Without a doubt, corruption is one of the biggest among the numerous challenges Nigeria is contending with. It is clear to every Nigerian that the level of corruption in the country is high as this evil cankerworm is found in almost every sector of the country. When critically examined, there is every possibility of observing corrupt practices in every facet of our national life, no matter the scope. Currently, corruption is so entrenched in the country that people factor its consideration into anything they want to do. The situation is now so bad that even some government officials are alleged to bribe one another to get government business done.
It is, however, in the political arena that one finds corruption really prevalent in our society. It …Read More
Source:: PM Newspaper