Lagos - Nigerians have blamed weak public institutions as the main cause of the high prevalence of corruption in the country.
This is according to findings of a research, which also established poverty (18 percent) and resource scramble (11 percent) as the other causes.
A total of 24 percent believe weak public institutions are the main cause.
More findings from the poll revealed that the vast majority (85 percent) of adult Nigerians believe that the prevalence of corruption in Nigeria is to a high extent.
According to researchers, this therefore ties the perception of citizens to external ratings, where out of 174 countries where Nigeria ranked as the 15th most corrupt country according to the ‘Transparency International’s Corruption Index’.
In view of the prevalence of corruption in Nigeria, Nigerians consider the ‘Nigerian Police Force’, as well as ‘Ministries Departments and Agencies (MDAs)’ as the most corrupt institutions in Nigeria.
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NOIPOlls, the researchers, said an assessment of the involvement of Nigerians in corruptive practices revealed that more than half of Nigerians (59 percent) claimed they would most definitely go through with procedure, in a scenario where they are stopped by a law enforcement officer, while driving without a valid driving license in a hurry to get to a meeting.
On the other hand, about one third of Nigerians admitted they would rather pay $2000 to go through.
Finally, while there have been several interventions by the government and international development organisations to fight corruption in Nigeria, a key success factor lies in the steady orientation of citizens on the ill effects of corruption and moral degradation on the society.
“This should be done alongside the strengthening of government institutions, especially anticorruption agencies. This wills in turn gradually alter the general acceptance of corruption as a norm in the society, NOIPolls stated.
The opinion poll was conducted in the week of April 13 involving telephone interviews of a random nationwide sample.
A total of 1 000 randomly selected phone-owning Nigerians aged 18 years and above, representing the six geopolitical zones in the country, were interviewed.
“With a sample of this size, we can say with 95 percent confidence that the results obtained are statistically precise - within a range of plus or minus 3 percent,” stated NOIPolls.
- CAJ News