Corruption In Nigeria 2

Corruption In Nigeria 2

No matter the country you are in there is a form of corruption in it. An outsider may not be able to mention but a few practices he / she thinks that happens in other country but can give you exclusive details of the ones in his or her own country. Nigeria is a great country with 36 states in it and each state has its own form of corruption.

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Corruption has eat its way to the root of the society that when you fight against corruption you suffer the society.

People say corruption starts from the top position of the societ and slowly move down but i say no after looking into the matter at hand. I believe corruption start from the smallest unit of the society and grow to the highest peak of it. Then the question is what is the smallest unit in a sociery? if you must know the smallest unit in the soceity i believ its the family. Corruption starts from the family and move up till it reaches the precidental seat and down again. i believe Nigeria Corruption a cycle / circle 

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Effects of Corruption

The negative consequences of corruption are many, and among them are:

  1. Poor investment
  2. Rise in poverty
  3. Poor national development
  4. National crises

1. Poor Investment

Unemployment in Nigeria would have been eradicated to some extent if only investors were attracted to doing business in the country. Companies that would have invested in Nigeria are afraid because they do not know if the corrupt practice will ruin their industries over time. Because of this concern, they refuse to invest in Nigeria.

2. Rise in Poverty

When the heads of public service are busy laundering the money that is supposed to be used to create employment for the masses and reduce poverty, what happens is a rise in the poverty level of the country, just like the rise in poverty shown by the statistics between 2004 and 2008. Since the government is selfish and does not want to help the poor, poverty continues to rise in Nigeria.

3. Poor National Development

Any country with high corruption levels is likely to experience developmental bankruptcy. When some CEOs indulge in corrupt practices to make their money, economic development will suffer. When Nigerians keep on shifting the country’s currency to foreign countries, there will be less economic development in Nigeria.

4. National Crises

So many crises in Nigeria today are a result of corruption. The insecurity in Nigeria brought about by Boko Haram is a consequence of corruption. Corrupt politicians are fighting the government of President Goodluck Jonathan using Boko Haram as their agent because they do not want him to succeed. The attacks by Boko Haram have caused disorderliness in Nigeria and seriously affected the country's economy.

Eradicating Corruption

Corrupt Nigerians do not truly understand the harm they are causing to other citizens. Corruption could be reduced by these potential solutions:

  • Self-satisfaction
  • Institution of strong anti-corruption groups
  • Employment generation
  • Proper government funding of schools
  • Treating all citizens equally

1. Self-Satisfaction

Self-satisfaction in this context implies being content with what one has. When the leaders of Nigeria are satisfied with the salary they are paid and use public funds in the right way, the issue of embezzlement and money laundering will be history. Managers who are satisfied with what they are paid will not have time to indulge in corruption to make more money.

2. Institution of Strong Anti-Corruption Groups

Creating strong anti-corruption institutions is another arsenal to win the fight against corruption. This group is to work independently with the government to ensure transparency. Anyone who is caught engaging in corrupt practices by the group should experience the consequences decided by the anti-corruption agency. That he is a minister or governor of a state should not be an excuse from facing the punishment he is to receive according to the Constitution of Nigeria.

3. Employment Generation

The unemployed in the country find themselves involved in corruption mainly because they want to make money to meet the demand of the day. Governments and capable hands should endeavour to generate more jobs for citizens to get employed and paid in return. A busy mind may find it difficult to indulge in corruption because he is being paid adequately.

4. Proper Government Funding of Schools

Understanding the importance of skill acquisition will go a long way to propel them to develop all the schools in Nigeria. When more attention is paid to the tertiary institutions in the country, it will produce graduates who are employable. Installation of the necessary machines needed in universities will help Nigerian graduates acquire skills and use them to generate income, even if no company employs them after graduation.

Self-employment will make graduates more determined in the work they do and will prevent them from corruption like Internet scams, kidnapping and the rest.

5. Treating All Citizens Equally

Treating any offender in the country equally will help reduce corruption. Nobody is above the law and any who acts contrary to it should be given the punishment that he or she deserves. That she is the Minister of Aviation or Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria should not count in this case. If any minister or head of state is given the punishment he deserves for corruption, others will learn and separate themselves from any corrupt practice.



Corruption is a cankerworm that has eaten deep into the fabric of Nigeria as a country. Discussed are the many faces of corruption, causes, effects, and the possible solutions. Because of the outstanding nature of this article, its upgraded version appears in a book "WE THE PEOPLE - Building a New Democracy in Nigeria as a Model for Africa". The upgraded version appears as the chapter five. The book is written by eighteen great authors, get it and read more. The book is displayed before the reference section.


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