Corruption: Nigeria’s biggest problem?


Is corruption truly Nigeria’s biggest problem? This week on the Panel, 4 distinguished panelists share their views and proffer solutions to the hydra-headed monster called ‘Corruption’.


Arch Stiru Taiwo Abiola
Corruption is a form of dishonest or unethical conduct by a person entrusted with a position of authority. Stephen D. Morris, a Professor of Political Science, writes that (political) corruption is the illegitimate use of public power to benefit a private interest.
Fantastically, Nigeria is one of the leading nations as far as corruption is concerned. I want you all to settle it in your minds that ”Corruption” is what majorly affects all sectors in the economy. It has even extended its wings to tampering with the country’s reserve. This is why the country has now been milked dry, makes millions of masses suffer for it. Even with the barely sufficient N18,000 minimum wage, 27 states out of 36 states have been owing for about 9 months. This is very serious. Since there is no problem without a solution, It is a collective responsibility of every Nigerian. There should be more transparency in government. The notion of ”I don’t want to participate or know about politics” should be knocked out of our ideology. The Independence of the Judiciary should be strictly upheld. Slight penalties for any embezzlement whatsoever should be discourage at all levels. And lastly, all Nigerians should be well enlightened and informed in politics. With all these being in place, corruption would hardly penetrate in the system again. Thanks.

Arch Stiru Taiwo Abiola, the CEO of Stiru Concepts, is a Civil Engineer, an Architect, Builder, Surveyor, Real Estate Consultant and  General Contractor.


Abdulquadri Keulere
Corruption has become a debilitating cankerworm eating deeply into the stem of the nation and destroying it almost endemically. According to the ex-president of Nigeria, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo at the inauguration of ICPC in 2001. “…with corruption there can be no sustainable development, no political stability. By breeding and feeding on insufficiency, corruption invariably strangles the system of social organization. In fact corruption is literally the antithesis of development and progress. According to historians Willy and coolly, the famous philosopher, Socrates, was put to death because the ancient Athenians believed that corruption was spreading among their youth by him like broken necklaces. We also learned in the primitive past during the Egyptian civilization that Egyptians used special preservatives to spare their dead from complete corruption and that corruption of the top class in Roman Empire resulted to the collapse of that empire. The Nigerian Media has a role to play in tacklling corruption. Journalists are to bridge the gap between the government and the society. 

Abdulquadri Keulere is the CEO of Loyalty Land Surveying Company. He is an ardent reader, researcher and communicator.


Akinade Idris
Corruption in Nigeria is like a long rope whose beginning is not traceable and its end far from sight. However, the fact is that corruption was enhanced in Nigeria by civilization. The advent of international trade (slave and economic), missionary visitation, colonization among others all served a table for corruption to eat in Nigeria. Today, corruption comes in different forms like: looting, bribery, examination malpractice, partiality, unequal laws and so on. To tackle and eradicate this menace in our dear country, we need to start from the root. Majority practiced corruption as a result of the pressure passed across to them by their immediate society. We need to educate the young ones for they are the unseen future leaders. Psychologists believe that the heart of a child is like a plain slate waiting for something to be written on it. If their orientation is far from corruption, then Nigeria will be a better place for everyone. Another measure to arrest this criminal act is to eradicate poverty and project a stable economy. Unbiased judgments and punishments should be handed to anyone found guilty of this act. With these and many more, we can tackle corruption in our country and produce a corruption free Nigeria.

Akinade Idris is a Political Analyst, Journalist and Activist. He loves reading and research.


Yahaya Yusuf
A critical study of the countries that have developed economically would show that they don’t joke with issues relating to corruption.  Unfortunately in Nigeria, corruption has been paid lip-service for a very long time until recently.
In a discussion with a friend some few days back he opined that the havoc done by corruption is worse than that done by the dreaded HIV aids. 
In Nigeria corruption has unleashed its ferocious stigma on all sectors: health,  finance,  defence and even education.  That of education is alarming. Just imagine quack doctors performing surgeries and endangering lives all because the admission process was compromised.  We hear of sexual harassment and intimidations in schools.   Cases of military chiefs being indicted in the NSA arms deals is well known in this country. 
In the book ” WHY NATIONS FAIL”  the reasons given were: neglecting institutions,  not allowing them to perform their constitutional roles freely and interference from leaders.
The solutions to the problems of corruption among others include: (1) Educating people to identify and challenge corruption (2) Making effective laws that will deal with corrupt people (3) Confiscating the assets of corrupt elements (4) Providing justice and accountability.

Yahaya Yusuf is a passionate Nigerian devoted to making things better for all.  He is a motivational speaker committed to assisting youths to discover their true potentials,  create wealth and eradicate poverty


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Published by Ogunbowale Olugbenga

Ogunbowale Olugbenga is a multiple award winning social entrepreneur & digital skills expert. An alumnus of the Leadership in Business Institute of Kellogg School of Management (USA), He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Obafemi Awolowo University (Nigeria). Inspired by the plight of millions of unemployed youths, Olugbenga founded, a digital agency passionately growing businesses & accelerating the application of digital skills for economic prosperity across Africa. To help institutions prevent scandals & promote performance, Gbenga founded Polivoice.Work, an anonymous employee feedback tool that captures & analyses feedback anonymously in real time to detect, predict & improve work place conditions. A Mandela Washington Fellow, Tony Elumelu Fellow, Royal Common wealth society fellow, YALI star of business & YALI network influencer, Olugbenga is the founder of Africa’s biggest orphanage outreach, The Orphan Empowerment Society, with a 5,000 strong volunteer force and a presence in 19 African countries empowering thousands of orphans with free vocational skills, medical care, & food. He is also the co-founder of the communication & leadership organization, Pacesetters Leadership Club.

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