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Corruption in Nigeria not one face

24 July 2012, 10:41 Nija4u

Our perception of corruption as the exclusive eternal ill of the governing class and of their close associates is not only one of the half truth about Nigeria and Nigerians that had stalled the progress of our country over the years but is one that still perverts the path to our national greatness.

This perception as an ill informed insistence on seeing corruption only on the realm of governance and not also on the realm of the general citizenry is a national misleading assumption borne out of a wrong approach towards expressing loss of fulfillment from government programs and of betrayal of trust leased to the governing class.

The first line and most popular lie on our national subject on corruption, which is not esteemed as corruption by the generality of Nigerians, is the falsely corrupting of the governing class through the visualization of them as having attained wealthy status through gains of offices. Nothing can be further from the truth than this line of assumption that had wrongfully inspired apathy from the vast majority of our citizenry towards the governing class.

Arguably, there is corruption in government as much as it is among the governed. But to deliberately persist not to accept that most of our national leaders are men and women who are very wealthy, having excelled exceedingly well through their rich families they come from, through their industrial excellence and through professional expertise both at home or abroad, will continue to rob Nigeria and Nigerians the best from our governing class. 

The thought lines which portray our leaders as merely mediocre. Gold diggers are in themselves national developmental impediments to Nigeria.

The preponderance of corruption in governance cannot be compared in number of occurrence and in frequency of its manifestation amongst the general citizenry both at home and abroad. The point here is that corruption is not so much more in government than with the civil populace.

The project to free Nigeria from the throws of its anti progress spirals, borne by corruption, is one that all Nigerians must take up whether as the governed or in the governing class. The anti corruption fight is one that must be fought from the citizens’ homes through to the offices of the governing class.

Corruption describes a state of dishonest, crooked, shady or fraudulent way of handling things or events.

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