Major Factors Of The Unceasing Rate Of Corruption In Nigeria

Major Factors Of The Unceasing Rate Of Corruption In Nigeria

Nigeria atmosphere in governance is always entrusted in dishonest conduct by those running the affairs. Dishonest practices in education, politics, law, economy are phenomenal in Nigeria body polity. So, the factor seems an unceasing practice as it is largely accepted in all regions of the federation.

Corruption is a common game in Nigeria, so the practitioners have disregarded the legal definitions of corruption, which will make me to draw the investopedia definition of corruption - "Corruption is dishonest behaviour by those in the position of power, such as managers or government officials. " Here the emphasis delves on dishonest behaviour of those in power that administer wrongly beyond the confine of law.

According to Wikipedia, "Corruption is a form of dishonesty or criminal offence undertaken by a person or organization entrusted with a position of authority, to acquire illicit benefit or abuse power for one's private gain." Let me simply analyze the critical definition of Wikipedia. It makes us known that corruption is an unexpected approach to life which is highly regarded as a dishonest and criminal act perpetrated by individual or body bestowed with power, which abused the legal power entrusted. 

Corruption is an intentional graft conduct which is criminal undertaken by a private person, group in authority to use the authority or power for private purpose. It is unconstitutional and unacceptable in the society because of its immoral nature.

As a democratic system, the government applied measures by establishing anti crime agencies to combat the high rate of corruption in Nigeria, but still it proliferates the more. Therefore, the discourse will delve on some causes of the unceasing rate of corruption in Nigeria. Why are we still experiencing corruption in Nigeria? Do we still need more anti corruption agencies to combat this heinous offence? In fact, what are the major causes of the proliferation of corruption in Nigeria? Here are some causes in the writer's note;

• Influence:

The process of mingling with someone can easily transform others if cordial connection is strong. Allowing others behaviour to persuade or override your conduct is a major cause. For example, an aspiring politician working under a great corrupt politician cannot identify his master's approaches as wrong conduct, but will invariably give him accolades. Likewise a child that were brought up by corrupt parents cannot run away from graft ways. So, how can the society overcome the power of influence as a major of cause of corruption? This question leads to the second cause in the writer's note.

• Low level of moral education: 

Practising moral at young age is a panacea to the problem we are battling with in the country. Most of the corrupt leaders were not trained morally when they were young - they were not informed that corruption is immoral in their childhood age and the awareness of its consequences were not even highlighted. So, it seems as acceptable norm to aid their day to day living. Therefore, it will be very cumbersome to combat corruption because it elements affect almost all the departments of life.

• Discontent:

This always enable the rise of corruption in Nigeria as most people are not satisfied with what they have. They think indulging in such unacceptable act can enrich them in the society - changing the original expression to one ascribed as erroneous, or fraudulently using power for private gain because of unsatisfactory behaviour.

To change this narrative is not too simple because most of the people in Nigeria are not contented with what they have in life, they negatively strive more to thrive.

• Egocentricity:

If you want to depict the description of ego, there is city that is meant for egocentric - where they struggle to become more richer in the society. Feeling unsatisfied, struggling after dishonestly and criminally hiding public wealth for private gain. People in this city steal public funds and share few to their praise singers. 

They loot all the contract money to private accounts but still ostensibly beg for praises. Ego has killed us and increased the rate of crime in Nigeria, because is only few that can narrowly escape egocentric interest. This ranges in politics, law, business etc.

Therefore, the negative results of corruption in Nigeria are heightened and have caused unrepairable wrong in the country. So, let's discuss some of the negative results of corruption in a country.

• Impeding progress of the country:

Nigeria supposed to be a developed country, but due to the ugly topics, we are still regarded as an underdeveloped country. The high rate of corruption is still impeding our progress in all sphere.

• Giving birth to young corrupt practitioners:

As low moral education exists, corrupt people yield aspiring practitioners. This can be influenced by children under training, students learning corrupt tactics from their lecturers, individual aiding the police to adopt corrupt practices etc. The young ones can easily be influenced and there is no way they can escape the system. The end cannot be reached as the practitioners breed diligent learners under them to cease poverty in their generation.

• Failed administrations:

If a country count failed administrations, the country should scrutinize the root whether the leaders are corrupt. If a corrupt leader administers, there is no way the administration will be smooth because all that are budgeted are means to gain more to their private accounts. It can be a mere paperwork if a good attestation is made concerning administration that is mingled with corrupt ministers, governors, teachers, lawyers etc.

• Serve as acceptable practice:

Corrupt practices negate the solid system of the country. The practice is not regarded as a crime that is punishable under the law in a land where corruption prevails.

In conclusion, there is no amount of exorcism that can revive the nation from the forest of corruption because they have dug deep. The panacea of our problem is to build the young ones by establishing moral standards for everybody so as to grow deep to understand the meaning of corruption as a crime punishable under the law.

About the author:

Goto Emmanuel hails from Opuba, Arogbo in Ese-odo local government Ondo state. An undergraduate in Niger Delta University, Bayelsa state. A poet, Essayist, fiction writer and a budding lawyer. Gentle, passionate, optimistic and God fearing. Hobbies are reading, writing and swimming. 

He writes on law, politics, business and literature.

Name: Goto Emmanuel

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