Corrupt Culture in Sustainable Development

by Udoka Chiefe on 5th April, 2013 at 10:47 PM CEST

This is a dangerous and unstable part of the world we have never seen portrayed before on screen and, after visiting in 2006, I felt that the impoverishment of the people by corruption in business and politics was a story that needed to be told.” - Guy Hibbert

I have always found a visitor’s perspective on the Nigerian society quite interesting and much needed, as it is often said that it takes one standing on the outside looking in to fully grasp the situation at hand: they are detached and sometimes, not always, tend to have an objective view, less impassioned and logical. Nigeria has witnessed Islamist insurgency in the form of terrorist attacks in the Northern region of the country; kidnapping and ransom demands in the South from the Niger Delta militants clamouring for better service delivery in the Niger Delta region and youth empowerment. The country also faces the problems of overpopulation, diseases, youth unemployment; and of course, endemic corruption. What’s not to love about Nigeria? I ask.

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It is very unfortunate however, that a nation with boundless human and mineral resources, diverse and fruitful agricultural potential is sinking into a quicksand of economic and political quagmire brought about by the rot that corruption has festered for the last 100 years of the country’s existence. Nigeria stands high in the rankings of corrupt nations in the world. This goes to show that no matter how a nation is blessed with resources, sustainable growth and development would be at a snail pace if the people and institutions are corrupt, rotten and digging themselves into a pit of degradation and destruction.

Sadly, corruption has become the status quo and has embedded itself in every democratic and political process, such that an average politician’s intent is to take a very sizable chunk of the “national cake”, as it is called, regardless of the consequences on the masses. The masses themselves believe that politicians must steal from the nation’s resources and opening admit to anyone who would gladly listen, that they would do worse.

It is therefore, not a wonder that the developed West views Nigeria as a Red Zone. Economic fortunes can be made no doubt, especially by multinationals, but usually at the price of the people. Furthermore, despite the greed, incredible poverty and lack of infrastructure that continues to plague corrupt nations like Nigeria, we should be thankful of those individuals and groups faced with the odds of improving the state of affairs of the people, and the countries in question. These are the idealists, the fighters, those ridiculed and discouraged by even their own leaders who should be role models for young people to look up to. They try in the best way, as hard as it is, and trust me; it’s excruciatingly hard to keep moving when everyone says you can't make it, that you are a fool for believing in the good – the development and sustainability of your own nation.

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Cultures that thrive on social and economic inequality, gross injustice to the masses and corrupt leaders, have a tendency to face uprisings, violent protests, revolutions and even civil wars. Most expect that it it only a matter of time before the ticking time bomb called Nigeria explodes into chaos. Most, hope they are wrong.

How can we bring about more sustainable societies; more transparent and functioning governments in our generation without bloodshed? It is not the answer to the question that eludes us, but whether Nigeria and its people would do what it needed to thrive.

Udoka Chiefe | Writers Action team #9

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Vesna Đukanović

Vesna Đukanović

This was a very interesting article about Nigeria ,lot of useful information's :) Thank you :)

8th April, 2013 @ 11:39 AM CEST

Anuja Yadav

Anuja Yadav | Action team

Hi Udoka, as usual, you always touch on some contemporary burning issue plaguing the world. Your way of presenting the situation is very elaborative. A few more suggestions from your side would have made the article more impactful. Your choice of topics and words is distinct.

8th April, 2013 @ 12:53 PM CEST



I agree with Udoka, but peace is all we need. Moreover there are crises evrywhere in the World including bloodshed and all we need is the right solution to stop the menance.
The question is what are you doing to stop this in your own locality? It is time we take responsibility for our actions and not put the blame on others because a person makes up a nation.

9th April, 2013 @ 11:07 AM CEST

Anatoliy Biliciler

Anatoliy Biliciler | Action team

Nice article but the corruption is everywhere but for some reason most obvious in african countries for some reasonl, It is no secret that people without too much resources and too little understanding will be selfish(like a kid with too much choclate) but when your country is in suffering from technological backwater and more problems than i can think of while you are sitting in your palace drinking wine. That is where you need to ask "What the hell am i doing with my country?" Unfortunately there is no signs of improvement (afaik) not just in africa but in europe and asia as well.We will see how will that work out.

15th April, 2013 @ 12:56 AM CEST

pacifique ndayishimiye

pacifique ndayishimiye

Hey Udoka, Nice article. I agree with #KEDEI INAH that it's time to take the responsibility of our problems. where does the corrupted leaders come? in our community of course, they don't fall from the sky .we have to stand and work for the better of our communities for ourselves.

12th January, 2014 @ 8:49 AM CEST

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