It is sad to note that a country so richly blessed in natural and human resources still has more than 70 per cent of its populace surviving on less than a dollar per day. In present day Nigeria, the average Nigerian struggles to make ends meet.
Our dear country, Nigeria, is a classic case in showing the effects of corruption in a country.
From the holiest places (our religious institutions) to business organizations, political arenas, and even educational institutions, these demons exist, becoming a deep-rooted norm in every single sector in the country.
More destructively, we’ve even manufactured a series of names for it, like ‘Motivation’, ‘fuel support or transport’ and several other names, making it a constant phenomenon and practice in the country, but it doesn’t change the fact that it’s a vice.
A country where a student can no longer pass exams without having to “appreciate” the teacher, a political aspirant cannot win elections without ‘motivating’ his followers and a host of other weird practices.
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Recall that recently, one of the 2023 presidential aspirant, Ahmed Tinubu declared he would register every Nigerian student for WASCCE when he becomes president. It got many Nigerians talking. While some believe it’ll work, others still think that it could also be one of their ploys to get into the office.
Reports show that aside bribe payments, vote buying is another common corrupt activity. During the 2014 general election, politicians offered one out of every five Nigerian money, gifts, or a favor in exchange for votes. In fact, according to the most recent polls, 21% of Nigerians have experienced this.
Despite actions, laws and regulations against the old term practice, it is still prevalent in the country.
WHAT IS OBTAINABLE?
In the country’s struggle to eradicate corruption, the government must begin to implement measures aimed at tackling impunity among public officials. It should also examine corruption among public officeholders; also penalizing defaulting officers.
Similarly, the government should provide actual security to corruption reporters, as well as “defiant” Nigerians who refuse to pay bribes.
Furthermore, as individuals and citizens, we should strive to resist these ‘gifts’ and ‘appreciation’ when given, and we in turn should not take part in giving such ‘gifts’ to other people for selfish gains.
In addition, anti-corruption agencies should address institutional deficiencies that lead to inadequate corruption reporting. Positioning her anti-corruption agencies to fulfill their unique tasks is also critical.
Finally, the government should take a more proactive approach to fighting corruption in the country.