THE media are awash daily with news of corruption in most places in Nigeria. The details vary, but they are all about public  officers who have perfected schemes that funnel public resources to their private uses.

Some concerns have been raised about corruption and how wide spread it might be in the society. Suspects include federal, state and local government officials.

Their responsibilities range from electricity to education, with a minor difference being in the size of the accused’s greed.

No sector of the country’s life is shielded from these practices and this should worry all those who have the interest of the country at heart.

How can the situation be arrested when it is a common practice among those who are entrusted to serve the people?

Sometimes the National Assembly is mentioned. However, the legislature is a close circuit system that has a way of covering up for its members.

While it is an issue in the media that members of the House of Representatives want accountability for millions of Naira spent on their annual retreat and the 10 years of democratic rule, it becomes obvious with time that when legislators accuse each other, the interests are as selfish as those of the people initially accused of tampering with funds.

Many questions arise from these abuses. Why are laws that are meant to safeguard public funds inoperative? Is stealing such a profitable venture that people are no longer ashamed to soil their names?

Do the punishments for the huge sums of money that are said to be stolen match the offences, in relation to impact of the stolen funds on the lives of Nigerians? Why do people still indulge in corruption knowing the scandals that follow when they are caught?

Factors that promote corruption include recognition society accords people whose source of wealth is suspicious. Others are the stupendous amounts these criminals steal, often enough to hire the best lawyers and corrupt the judiciary, if the need arises, and gain control of legislative houses to make laws that target corruption are ineffectual.

The league of corrupt former governors, ministers and the like is actively accepting new members. The attraction is that this elite group is above the law, pollutes the system and ensures that those who enforce the law, do so after considering the league’s interests.

Off springs of this league inhabit most of the Government Houses in the country, from where they rein in the legislature and judiciary to please their bosses.

The prosecution has worsened matters. At all levels, there is a rush to show government is fighting corruption, without deepening the resources with which to amass evidence to earn convictions in court. This seems a ploy to free suspects.
Corruption thrives because those engaged in it are no losers. Their footprints are everywhere as the nation’s greatest statesmen.

Nigeria’s dwindling resources cannot sustain the current size of corruption, in case the authorities were looking for a reason to curb corruption.


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