Spotlight: Nigerian Corruption

When bribery infects every level of society

April 23, 2009
Spotlight: Nigerian Corruption
One of the most resource rich countries in the world, Nigeria remains riddled with poverty and provides a glaring example of how a country's corrupted leadership can turn its citizens into victims.
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lagos, nigeria
Ribadu allowed his position to affect his person.He was at the national assembly and claimed some numbers of governors who were corrupt. What about the president, then Obasanjo, or the present one Yaradua? Can he justify the arrest of Prince Tejuosho? What about the undervalue and sale of the fraudster Nwude? Why didn't he prosecute Anenih. He should reflect back to the address he made in Port Harcourt at the national bar association conference and juxtapose it with his present ordeal and posture. I will recommend a cartoon movie for him, TOM AND JERRY.

Abubakar Bello - yola, adamawa
I hate corruption.

paul akpala - milton keynes, united kingdom
In a country that is progressive, Ribadu should be appointed or voted to higher office. But in Nigeria, which is known for taking one step forward and 10 steps backward, he is running for his life. Please somebody give him a job anywhere in the world. He is the kind of man we need.

Lagos, Nigeria
Can you please send me the transcript of this interview with Nuhu Ribadu. Thank you.

mackare jones - sacramento, california, USA
For more than 50 years, I have been following events in Africa. First, I thought if we could only get the European colonials out, then Africa could develop its vast resources and bring prosperity to its people. Now look what has happened.

Emeka Madunagu - Lagos, Nigeria
Great story. But was Nuhu Ribadu not aware that bribery cases of such magnitude as Willbros, KBR, Siemens, etc, were going on? Did he not know that the ruling Peoples Democratic Party collected a $5 million bribe from KBR in early 2002?

B Engel - Northport, NY
Thanks for the amazing piece on Nigerian corruption. Incredibly courageous and important. This is the height of what journalism should be!

emeka nwerri - lagos, nigeria
Nigeria's severe corruption problem is mainly caused by the autocratic leadership of the North foisted on the rest of the country surreptitiously through the "military" emirs after the vanquish of Biafra. Everything was initially aimed at dampening the igbo man's progressive resolve which remains intimidating. Now, everyone is suffering from it.

Name Withheld - New York, USA
You don't know the half of it. I worked at the highest levels of the Nigerian Government for several years. It is difficult to understand the extent to which corruption has eaten into Nigerian society. Most Cabinet ministers and other top officials are so corrupt that they will sabotage any project/programme if there is nothing in it for them.

The National Assembly is a veritable rogues gallery. The civil service is virtually unsalvageable. The police collect bribes that are passed all the way to the top of its hierarchy. Every "elected" official got in through vote rigging, bribery and intimidation. I left in despair at the end of the Obasanjo Administration. I could write hundreds of pages and still not cover a fraction of it. Obasanjo and Ribadu tried to fight corruption, but the problem was way too big for them.

K. Inko-Tariah - Laurel, MD
I am happy that I can count at least 270 good Nigerians on my Facebook group who are ready to speak out against this terrible stigma that politicians and past governments such as the Obasanjo (regime) have brought upon us.

The situation in Nigeria is now so bad that it would take the most divine intervention to turn things around back home!

I wish I could go home and rest a while, because back home there is a kind of freedom one cannot find anywhere else on earth. But the government is too corrupt, and I am trying to bring awareness to the people that they should not bow to these corrupt ways of living any longer.

The Nigerian situation is fast becoming a hopeless one. The people are in deep despondency, because even the machinery for battling corruption in the country is corrupt, and there is no justice for the innocent.

There needs to be a mental revolution in the minds of young and upcoming Nigerians so that we can start to lift our country from the horrible pit of abject economic malaise that our leaders have dragged it into and bring it back to its rightful place as a greener peaceful Nigeria where people from all nations and works of life can come to and coexist as one.


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