Lets talk about the corruption that is found in our country Nigeria.
This are the types of corruption that is found in our country
Faces of Corruption
Corruption takes many forms and can be interpreted by many people in many ways. It is hard to enter any sector in Nigeria without observing one corrupt practice or the other. The areas where corruption is observed are not only in the public sector or in politics. Sincerely, the faces are much.
Books have been written, people have talked, and press companies have been writing on the high level of corruption in Nigeria politics, yet the political perpetrators pretend as if they are not the people being talked about. They feel they are above the law.
Corruption takes many shapes, starting with embezzlement, bribery, rituals, rigging in elections and so on. In fact, corruption is highest in the political system. In both the Senate and the House of Representatives, corruption is seen as normal. Where do we start among politicians? It is because of the “wicked level” of corruption that makes both the youths and the old struggle to find themselves in one political party or the other. They believe that once they occupy any position in politics, even the smallest, they will use corrupt tricks to fill their pockets with public funds.
Embezzlement of public funds is common. Many leaders have helped boost the economies of other nations by depositing embezzled money in foreign banks. Facts and figures have shown that on many occasions, the men who rule the country have embezzled funds into foreign banks.
Political corruption is persistent in the Nigerian state. Since the creation of modern public administration in the country, there have been cases of official misuse of resources for personal enrichment (Storey Report 2014). After the death of the former president, President Sani Abacha, an investigation was carried out to detect the amount of money he embezzled in gas plant construction in the country. The investigations led to the freezing of accounts containing about $100 million United States dollars (Hector 2004) that he stole. The Abacha administration in the 1990s notoriously loots upwards of $3 billion (Uzochukwu 2013).
As of a few years back, whenever it was time for an election in Nigeria, small children in the country began to go missing. Child-missing during that period was rampant and parents were usually advised to guide and guard their children against ritualists. But why was it like that and what were the children used for? This is another face of corruption that breaks the hearts of mothers. The missing children were used by contesting politicians to perform ritual killings in order to get protections and other devilish powers that will enable them to win elections. This is corruption and wickedness in the highest order because it involves the termination of human life. Those who take part in that practice have their children at home and went on capturing and killing the children of others. It is not as if this has stopped, but it has slowed down.
Election rigging is not an unheard-of phenomenon. During elections, the contestants hire thugs who go around the election polling stations to highjack the ballot boxes. When they steal these boxes, they then use their hands to vote for their candidate. In the recent times, the new tactics that the contestants have adopted are buying voter’s cards so that they can manipulate and use the cards for their own advantages.
On many occasions, politicians have bribed some top officials to do wrong things to their favor. Some political leaders, including governors and presidents, have been sued by opponents, but the sued followed the back door, bribing barristers and judges. At the end of the judgment, the leader who bribed won in the case.
Corruption in Universities and Colleges
It is not new to any real Nigerian to hear that corruption parades itself in universities, polytechnics, and colleges. There are certain things that lecturers do that deserve “hot punishment.” Most lecturers use the opportunity they have to take advantage of others. Harassment of women by lecturers and pressure to sleep with them is common. The most painful part of it is that some of them are married, yet they are not satisfied. After some of the female undergraduates submit to the lecturer’s request, they are rewarded with good grades.
Universities have been crying about a number of funds allocated to them. A lecturer in a university located in Anambra State on the nature of the poor standard of the foundry in the department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering has this to say: “What makes our foundry to be of a low standard is…corruption. An organization gave the department some money that would have been more than enough to upgrade and standardize the foundry, but I do not know what the management of the department did with the money.” Corruption is one of the biggest challenges faced by the education system.
How do some students find their ways into the universities? Some are there not by merit, but through a kind of bribery called sorting. Some rich men in the country bribe vice-chancellors and heads of departments to secure admission for their children. When this kind of dirty practice is conducted, those who would have made it on merit are cheated, as no admission will be offered to them. Every university in Nigeria has a quota (maximum number of students) they can admit each year.
Corruption in the Police Force
Where do we start when it comes to the nature of corruption observed in the police? Do we start with the bribery, intimidation, sexual harassment of the young inmates in the prisons, or turning truths upside down? There is a saying that “police are your friends”; in Nigeria, policemen are your enemies because they can deny the truth and collect bribes to do so. Because of the encounter, many Nigerians have had with policemen, even the good ones among them are generalized as being bad. What a shame.
The police who work in some checkpoints on the expressways cannot do so without collecting of bribes from car owners and drivers. Their interest is to collect money from road users and not to secure the road. Bribes become compulsory even when your particulars are in order. Bus drivers must offer money before they continue with their transportation business, be it fifty naira (₦50 = $0.31) or twenty naira (₦20 = $0.12). The police are now turning to gods that receive money from the worshipper as an offering.
Some women prison inmates went into prisons singled to come out doubled. What this implies is that the policemen use the opportunity they have to assault women who are imprisoned. The women may say no, but because the policemen have guns, the women could not do anything. They were impregnated before they were granted bail. What kind of prayer will erase this kind of abomination?
Corruption in Nigerian Football
Corruption is like a curse laid upon us by an unknown person. Even in football has corruption. Players are not chosen by merit. It is all about who you know in top political offices or society.
In the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF), corruption is the reason why Mr. A is elected as the leader of the group today and tomorrow the election is nullified and Mr. B was chosen. Everybody wants to be at the head so that he will fill his bag with the national cake. People do not fight to work because it is stressful, so whenever people fight for a particular position, there is every possibility that they are there to clean out the organization.
Reports and evidence have shown that there are corrupt practices in Nigerian football. A BBC news report said this: “A senior football official and a club administrator have been banned for 10 years following their involvement in corruption, the football authority has announced” (BBC Sports News 2013). Match-fixing and corruption is a problem in Nigerian football and has lead to sanctions against a number of clubs, referees and officials (Oluwashina 2013).
A referee ( the name was withdrawn) who is currently a Catholic priest serving in a parish in Anambra, once gave his experience on the level of corruption in football. According to the priest, he said that he narrowly escaped death when he officiated a match in the local league. He stated: “After the first half of the match, none of the two sides scored any goal. Before the beginning of the second half, some officials and young youths who were supporting the club at home side came and said to me: if you want to leave this pitch alive, make sure that you do anything possible to see that our club win this match.” The young referee was scared of the threat and finally, the home side won the match with a lone goal. The inability of Super Eagles of Nigeria to qualify for 2015 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) can be attributed to corruption.
Corruption in Churches
When churches are corrupt, what hope do Nigerians have? The truth is that not all the churches in the country have equal corruption strength. Corruption is witnessed mainly in the “new generation churches.” New generation churches in this context are those churches which do not have solid origin or foundation. They are not like Catholic, Anglican, or Orthodox churches. New generation churches are those churches which start when a person who calls himself a pastor goes and rents a room, decorates it, and convinces people to join him, that he has been given powers to summon signs and miracles from God.
Imagine how a man that have been dying of hunger for years claims that you should come to him that he has been called and can transform your financial status. It is the common thing they usually say that make hungry Nigerians yield to their deceptions. The people come and the so-called pastors use their tricks to collect the money that is remaining in the pockets of the poor ones in the country.
Some of the pastors go to the extent of using magical and devilish powers in running their church business in the name of God’s power. They give the congregations what they want without them knowing the source of their so-called power. If it is for women who are in search of babies, the babies may be given to them through devilish powers but continue to cause headaches to the children’s parents till death. Today, one of the children will steal money from a bank through armed robbery and tomorrow kill an innocent person, operating under the influence of the devil.
Pastors have on many occasions been caught in adultery and fornication. It is not new and it is certain that you as a reader have heard about such shameful acts. Through newspapers, televisions, and other channels, the immoral acts committed by Nigerian pastors have been observed. In early November of 2014, there was a radio program from Blaze FM, Orifite, on a pastor that impregnated an 11-year-old girl. According to the report, the girl was impregnated by the pastor when her mother took her to the pastor’s place for prayers, and left for her own business.new generation
Fraudulent Internet activity is another face of corruption. Graduates and non-graduates who lacks the knowledge and skills to help them earn money find joy in Internet fraud. It is a criminal act and deserves serious punishment. Among the classes of offences committed in Nigeria, both the Senate and members of House of Representative are working hard to see that those caught in such fraud act face the punishments they deserve without any favour.
Some Nigerians, who are mainly youths, have been scamming their fellow citizens using illegal means. Some host websites online and claim to be giving jobs to job seekers and scam any who fall prey to their tricks. They tell job seekers to make certain payments for processing documents without them knowing that they will not be issued any job. Some Nigerians have been stolen from by cyber criminals.
The level of corruption in Nigeria has made many citizens of the country show no respect to holy and Godly affairs. This is seen in the report given by the spiritual director of Adoration Ministry Enugu Nigeria, AMEN, news report on December 2014. According to the spiritual director, Rev. Father Ejike Mbaka, some Nigerians impersonated him through websites and social media sites, specifically Facebook. He lamented that the bad guys used his picture to deceive people and collect money from them while claiming they were Fr. Mbaka. The notable reverend father made it clear that he is not on Facebook and neither does he own a website with his name. He went further to say that anyone caught in that act will dance ti the music that he or she deserves and the police have been involved to find those criminals out.
Corruption in the Customs Service
Are Nigerian customs really doing the work they are called to do correctly? The customs service of Nigeria is the organization that is authorized to clear goods that are imported into the country. This group is not free from the menace of corruption.
In most occasions, you must pay bribes to customs before your goods are cleared. Many containers that are being held captive by customs because the owners are not willing to pay a large amount of money being demanded.