Is Corruption really the problem? exploring Nigeria’s worst Nightmare.

Most of us are beneficiaries of the corrupt system

Often times, we fall into the error of thinking that politicians and leaders are the culprits. However, the truth is that almost every Nigerian is corrupt. It has become an integral part of our system and its now more like a culture.

  • Petty theft: this includes practices like stealing from organizations like public hospital supplies to sell for personal gains.
  • Grand Theft: embezzlement of large public funds, misappropriation of funds as we see in Nigerian politicians.
  • Speed Money: is the extra money you pay to the passport officials to hasten your passport process or the money you pay to jump a queue. Not forgetting bribing the police for favors
  • Access money is the money the rich people or the elites pay to the government (most times) to get deals such as government projects. Or money paid to influence policies in their favor.

Unbundling Corruption

The conversation on corruption starts from understanding the reason or root cause. We would have to ask ourselves why people especially those in developing countries take part in corruption.

  1. People hire corruption because they want access to the basic things of life. They want to be able to feed their families, go on vacations, and see their children through school.

Countries Evolve

The truth is it may be impossible to totally eradicate corruption in every system. Even advanced countries still battle corruption. No one has it all figured out. However, at the moment, some societies are saner than others.

Phase 1: Overt and Unpredictable.

Countries in this phase are known for extreme cases of corruption. Such regions are highly volatile and unpredictable. The flow of foreign investment in countries like this is extremely low because of the uncertainties in the business clime.

Examining previous solutions

Although there has been mass protests and campaign against corruption, the results have not been as fruitful.

Phase two: Covert and Predictable

To better understand this stage of corruption, let us examine some statistics.

Phase 3: Transparency

Although imperfect, America is an example of a transparent system. America ranks 16 out of 180 countries on the index. The American system is structured in a way that corruption is exposed, prosecuted, and punished publicly.

The Journey to a More Transparent System

Efosa argues that as more Americans got richer or created wealth, people found better options for living life.


When there are few alternatives to help people progress, corruption often stands out as the most viable option.

But when a better way presents itself, the process that leads to transparency begins.

Societies are able to reduce corruption because they developed.

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