Corruption syndrome in Nigerian public services


By Mohd Maina

In Nigeria today it’s time to say enough for the corruption, everyone like to have corruption free society yet we seldom thought about our own role in propagating corrupt practices. For instance, how many times we watch injustice and corrupt practices taking place right in front of us but we were defeated by the fear of vested interest and remain mute. We like to discuss it, yet we don’t condemn it actively. Most of us in civil service commit some forms of corruption by watching corruption taking place without even nay. Until everyone absolutely reject this act in its totality, followed by strong pledge to henceforth be free from any form of corruption and be liberated, then one can be considered delivered and then keep preaching what you practiced. This will have a far reaching consequences in transforming our societal values by restoring sincerity which is the bedrock for any meaningful development.

Myopically, most People regards corruption as only has to do with money, but is far more than that. One’s attitude portrays a lot about an individual level of transparency. Denying people’s right is form of corruption and if this is true, how many times people abscond from their responsibility in public services? But they will be the first to complain about corrupt politicians. Some people consider office as their property, by using office vehicles as family transport, in some cases it is converted into school vehicle of the officer’s children. Yet this people are the first to accuse other officers who embezzle as corrupt while ignoring or simply dismissing their case as meagre, because they only used the car to drop kids to the school.

Let’s digress a little bit to direct our search light on other dangerous aspect of corruption in our society today that involves religious leaders. How about the romance between the officers and the clergymen (Pastors and Malams)? The religious leaders are by far fuelling corruption more than any other group in Nigeria. It is simply a business of looting the looters, the religious leaders receives donations from the looters and pray for them so that God increases them in their looting business, again pray for their protection against any form of disgrace. They (religious leader) knew that these money are not legitimate yet they think that their prayers can purify it which is self-deceit. Certainly not all of them are involve in this dastardly act but a significant number of them are well involved.

Corruption in general comes with a heavy price, it leads to psychological trauma, and indeed a corrupt person knew intuitively that it is wrong to do it. Many people dismisses this thought at the beginning  but is a lifelong weight to bear, as life approaches old age definitely the reflection comes to them in a way they will realize it. Even though they will wish they could find a way of reversing the atrocities committed but it is too late. Definitely, corrupt individuals are not smart yet they think they are at the time of committing the act. Unknown to them that one can even gain more wealth and luxuries legitimately by doing the right thing, it’s a matter of positive mind-set. Therefore be positive! Would you pledge to be corruption free? Take a few minutes and think about it.


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