Sociology and Anthropology Vol. 7(1), pp. 1 - 8
DOI: 10.13189/sa.2019.070101
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On the Path to Become the Eighth Wonder of the World: A Philosophical Re-examination of Nigeria and Her Chronicles of Corruption


Ogabo Godwin Adinya 1, Dokpesi Timothy Adidi 2,*
1 Department of Philosophy, Faculty of Arts, University of Calabar, Calabar, Nigeria
2 Department of Philosophy, Faculty of Arts, Benue State University, Makurdi, Nigeria

ABSTRACT

To state that the challenge of corruption is one of the most debilitating issues facing Nigeria today is to over flog the obvious. In Nigeria, various metaphorical allusions have been evolved as euphemisms for corrupt behavior. Such aphorisms include: "long leg", "bottom power", "chop chop", "kick back", "scratch my back", "appreciation", "sorting", etc. have been in use. It is reflected in favoritisms, nepotism, tribalism, sectionalism, undue enrichment and amassing of wealth, abuse of public office, bribery, smuggling, fraud, illegal payments, money laundering, drug trafficking, falsification of documents and records, false declaration of assets, evasion, deceit, forgery, concealment, aiding and abetting of any kind to the detriment of another person, community, society or nation, etc. Each political regime comes to power promising to eliminate the practice and punish offenders only to fall into the same gully – or even a deeper one. The impetuous ascendency of corruption in Nigeria could only be likened to a movement towards becoming the eighth wonder of the world, albeit, negatively. It is against this backdrop that this research attempts to come to terms with the problem of corruption in Nigeria with a view to finding a solution to it. The study employed the qualitative research design using secondary sources which include books, journals and the internet. The work discovered that corruption is a major clog that impedes Nigeria's development efforts. The study found out that the major factors that fuel corruption in Nigeria include inequality in distribution of wealth, the notion of political office as the primary means of gaining access to wealth, the weakness of social and governmental enforcement mechanisms, abject poverty of the majority of her citizens and the absence of a strong sense of national community among the sections of the polity. It also found out that the major factors that fuel corruption in Nigeria include inequality in distribution of wealth, the notion of political office as the primary means of gaining access to wealth, the weakness of social and governmental enforcement mechanisms, abject poverty of the majority of her citizens and the absence of a strong sense of national community among the sections of the polity. The study is relevant as the ogre of corruption will be reduced to its barest minimum if the recommendations of the study are taken seriously. The paper surmises that given its damaging consequence, corruption in Nigeria is not a problem whose solution can be put off to another day.

KEYWORDS
Corruption, Nigeria, Poverty, Leadership Problem, Value-Reorientation

Cite this paper
Ogabo Godwin Adinya , Dokpesi Timothy Adidi . "On the Path to Become the Eighth Wonder of the World: A Philosophical Re-examination of Nigeria and Her Chronicles of Corruption." Sociology and Anthropology 7.1 (2019) 1 - 8. doi: 10.13189/sa.2019.070101.