Corruption is a form of dishonesty or a criminal offense committed by a person or organization entrusted with a position of authority to obtain illicit benefits or abuse power for personal gain.

Corruption in Nigeria is a constant phenomenon. In 2012, it was estimated that Nigeria had lost more than $400 billion to corruption since independence. In 2021, the country was ranked 154th out of 180 countries listed on Transparency International’s Corruption Index (with South Sudan, ranked 180th, being the most corrupt and Denmark the least).

I am not condemning our leaders, if this problem can be traced, it starts in the education sector where many atrocities are committed by students. Even during college elections, students kill each other for power, rigging votes. Without simplicity in any sector, student failed by the teacher for not complying with having sex with him or her, secret cult, malpractice in exams, etc.

This has polluted the minds of all citizens that corruption rules Nigeria, from considerable contract fraud at the top, to petty bribes, money laundering schemes, corruption extends to all levels of the Nigerian government. From considerable contract fraud at the top, through petty bribery, money laundering schemes, embezzlement and confiscation of bogus workers’ wages, corruption within the state apparatus is estimated to cost the country billions of dollars. dollars every year.

My mom: Stopping corruption in Nigeria is going to be very difficult because Nigeria has stained its identity with the blood of its citizens, agreed that in 1960, Nigeria gained its independence but has become enslaved again through corruption.

In Nigeria, there is a very large gap between rich and poor. Because of this, there is room in politics for the richest people to manipulate the results and the candidates. The BBC published an article in February 2019 detailing the effect ‘godfathers’ can have on the outcome. For example, it was reported: “They are political patrons, using money and influence to win support for their preferred candidates.” It is explained that these ‘godfathers’ prepare a candidate whom they trust can implement the policies they want”

My Mommy: Writing down facts and reasons for how corruption began and how it has traveled the country


Fagbohun Mayowa Eniola writes from Lagos State University

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