We think it’s lack of solid Judicial system to punish political crimes as well as lack of proper systems and leadership structure to check corruption. If corrupt politicians can be held accountable for their crimes and punished accordingly, others will learn.
Both are serious crimes against humanity. One is a capital offence and the other bribery becomes a capital offence depending on the level. For example a governor who embezzles resource meant for schools, hospitals etc is more than armed robbery because this is equal to jeopardizing the lives of those who cannot receive medical attention or education due to such high level robbery.
Both the government and the citizens are to be blamed. Fighting corruption should be a collective fight every Nigerian citizen should be involved with. Nigeria has lost billions of dollars from the looting of its treasury over the years. Until all those who stole and shipped our money to foreign countries decades ago are brought to book, this fight will never be a success.
Causes of corruption in Nigeria
1. Weak Government institutions
2. Poor pay incentives
3. Lack of openness and Transparency in public service
4. Absence of key anti corruption tools
5. Ineffective political processes
6. Culture and acceptance of corruption by the populace
7. Absence of effective political financing Poverty
8. Ethnic and religious difference Resource scramble
The fight against corruption in Nigeria is not working because of the following factors:
1. Insincerity of Government
2. Pre bargaining and Negotiation, highly placed officials caught of corrupt practices are made to part with some of their looted funds and are thereafter set free.
3. Low deterrent- the punitive measures for corrupt practices need to be strengthened
4. Lack of virile political and social movements to tackle corruption. The mass of the people are yet to be mobilises in the fight against corruption
5. Lack of access to public information. A lot of secrecy still pervades Government documents, and this underlies the need for the passage of the freedom of Information Bill presently before Nigeria’s National Assembly.
6. Insecurity of Informants. There is a need to enact laws to protect informants as well as reward them
7. Low public participation in Governance
8. Corrupt Electoral system
10. Systemic disorder
11. Weak Government Institutions