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CORRUPTION: A DISEASE IN NIGERIA Written by: Ashiru Adefemi

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 There was once a land unknown, a people unseen,  a destiny unborn, trees like hills towering the sky,  mountains like fountains walling to the heaven. The sun,  glowing like a river of gold across the horizon, and the field, green as green could ever be. Nigeria was indeed a land of hope. A land of dreams. A land of pearls and treasure. A land of freedom, yes, a beautiful land of freedom. But then, came the haven cloud of darkness. The mist of sorrow in the fog of death. Man became an enemy to man.. We dig ourselves a grave,  a grave in which we bury our honour to our country. Our esteem for our leaders.  Our pride as a nation.  Our besiege as a people.  Our patriotism for our fatherland.  Our loyalty to the leaders. And even our farewell to exist as a nation. 

They say there is hope for a better tomorrow. But we must remember that today was yesterday’s tomorrow.
We cannot reap where we did not sow,  for either God nor the spirit will grant us that favor.
We must all put away our differences to leave together as one.  
I do not know why elected public official defraud their people by betraying the trust they  built in them,  I do not know why most Nigerians wallow endlessly in the vicious circle of poverty and suffer in the midst of plenty of rich soil. These is due to corruption.

Corruption is Nigeria’s biggest challenge. It is clear to every citizen that the level of corruption in the country is high. It’s found in every sector of society. Be it a small or big sector, there is every possibility of observing corrupt practices when critically examined.
What is corruption? It’s the dishonest or fraudulent conduct by those in power, typically involving bribery. It is the illegitimate use of power to benefit a private interest (Morris 1991). Corruption is the giving of a bribe to an official so that the truth will not be told. It involves the embezzlement of public fund for personal use and any act which is considered to be criminal act according to the law of a particular society.

The negative consequences of corruption are many, and among them are:
Poor investment
Rise in poverty
Poor national development

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


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 that there will be a rise in the poverty level of the country. Just like the rise in poverty as statistically shown between 2004 and 2008. Since the government is selfish and does not want to help the poor, poverty continues to rise in Nigeria.


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

Corruption is a potent cancer that has mercilessly eaten Nigeria to a state of stupo and we need to fight it….

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