By Babatunde Faniyan
Antidotes for Corruption: The Nigerian Story is a book by Dino Melaye which no one can ignore. It is a work everyone will admire – except, perhaps, those who are exposed in the book, and who have refused to repent. All readers of this book, including repentant corrupt persons, will salute the courage of this Daniel in the den of corruption.
Any one aged 18 years and above knows what corruption is. Everyone talks about it; condemns it and sends curses at it and to the ignoble perpetrators of the scourge. “Wars” are being fought against it all over the world. In many cases however, corruption fights back and we have on our hands, a war that is yielding “mixed” reactions and “mixed” results. No one, until now, has taken the plunge to confront corruption as starkly, boldly and comprehensively as in this book.
Who is this one who has penned this book? The author, Daniel Oluwagbemiga Melaye has been an activist from secondary School – a positive Reformative campaigner. He confronts corruption eyeball to eyeball, to see how the scourge came into being; how it is wired, and how it has developed to the menace it is today. In this book, there is a compendium of all forms of corrupt practices, from the pre-Amalgamation era, through Independence, to the present day. No one is spared in this fearless expository work.
This is arguably the most comprehensive study and exposé on the phenomenon of corruption. It researches on the different types of corruption, and in different lands. “From Sodom & Gomorrah of the old testament, the Egyptian, Greek and Roman empires respectively and the Ottoman empire of the 16th century. It is significant to note that these corruption incidents were one of the main reasons for the demise of the mighty Roman Empire as well as the empires.
It probes the evolution of corruption; its development into a complex monster that has killed nations – and is threatening to kill Nigeria. The book discovers that Africa has developed its own brand of corruption, with Nigeria more or less at the helm.
Chapters in the book include: Systematic Corruption with impunity in Nigeria; How developed countries corrupted Underdeveloped countries; War against Corruption in Nigeria; and How to Overcome Corruption.
The book goes on to proffer solutions to the scourge – to free Nigeria from its stranglehold and set her on the road to achieving her full potential.
A compulsory read for every patriotic Nigerian and indeed every discerning citizen of this embattled world, this book will not only be an eye opener to students of our higher institutions, it will also be an enabling instrument for positive National Re-orientation for them as leaders of tomorrow.