Corruption And Our Leadership
by: Igboeli Arinze
One problem forever hindering the general progress of the Nigerian society is no other than corruption. Since the procurement of independence to this present day, the people of Nigeria have seen corruption in our land grow from a minutiae nature to a full blown cancerous growth threatening to ruin the general progress of the Nigerian nation.
Corruption is indeed Nigeria’s biggest social malaise, stretching its vast empire via its agents from the cradle to the grave. Corruption in Nigeria has taken everybody hostage and is likely to remain as such except we do something serious to stem the tide.
Hostage, in the sense that by and large, a generality of Nigerians are bound to pay for the excesses of one’s corrupt act, an act we neither partook of nor gave our blessings.
For example, Nigerians now throng private hospitals because the public hospitals are basically not functional, ill equipped and understaffed a critical look at what should have been there would give a marked difference between the ideal and the present state of such a hospital.
The same situation is revealed in all sectors of life, since none is corruption free.
As it stands now, there is no doubt that corruption is quickly killing the development of our national institutions and coupled with the fact that corruption breeds inequality which in turn breeds widespread and the ‘unfair type of poverty,’ if stringent measures are not taken, then the case of Somalia and Liberia may not be any different from what we seem to be brewing presently.
Leadership in this regards does not only include the, federal government, the party in power or the executive alone, no! The ring encircles all arms of government, tiers and heads of institutions. It also transcends political parties.