By Usman Aliyu, World Bulletin
Since after the coming of the new era of democracy in Nigeria from 1999 upwards, many Nigerians are succumbing to despair and dramatically pessimistic about the future of the great nation of about 167 million density population. A nation which is among the world number one producer of crude oil and blessed with other valuable natural resources but unfortunately, the country becomes a prey to the tyranny act of the selfish, brutish and incompetent leaders and politicians across the country. A selfish act of power is the scenario of ‘bribery and corruption’ in Nigeria’s government where many of the governors, senators, house of representatives, local-chairmen and councilors of the states egoistically pursue to corrupt the economic, industrial and commercial sectors of the country by taking excessive payments more than their normal monthly salaries just for unnecessary budgets and self-interest, these kinds of acts push the entire nation to be in chaos. Many people are dying as a result of illness due to the lack of adequate health facilities like a modern hospitals equipped with modern treatment facilities instead, the corrupt leaders go ahead buying mansions with adequate modern facilities just to satisfy their own desire.
According to the report released by the transparency international (TI) on corruption perception in 2011, indicated that Nigeria was ranked 143 among the 183 most corrupted countries in the world surveyed. Presently, the radical sect of mostly young people booming with no jobs across Nigeria suggest that they are being misled by the power, and as a result, they tend to participate in criminal activities and even commit suicide by attaching bombs to themselves killing themselves and other innocents citizens simultaneously.
The issue of corruption in Nigeria which is recently developing dramatically has drew the attention of many patriotic citizens of the country to sit down on tables and search for the solution of the evils inherent in the corruption and the need to totally eradicate it just like a plague. Some of the Nigerians proposed for the ‘death penalty’ as a capital punishment towards any person who has being caught as a victim of corruption of whatsoever rank he occupied in the executives, legislatures and the judiciary arms of the government. For the death penalty, many Nigerians believed that, ‘it will not bring light to our days’ and corruption is embedded in every space of the country and practiced by most of the high ranked officers be it a leader or a judge who is to pass the law so as to the penalized the victims, However, the penalty may tends to be harsh at the first glance, and likely to be applied to only the middle class citizens without the higher ranked.
Other citizens of Nigeria who refuted to the ‘death penalty’ provide their own point of view as another alternative of creating a complete awareness of the disasters involved in corruption and the need to eradicate such a plague. The federal ministry of education should over emphasized in setting a new curriculum which will include the study of ‘corruption’ as a field of studies from primary schools to the tertiary institutions for at least the youth should be fully aware of the negativity in corruption so as to bring up a new generation of youth as a the leaders of tomorrow.
Nowadays, many countries of the world openly practice ‘bribery and corruption’ as a celebration of power over its citizens because of the level and sheer scale which is no longer a secret.
The act of corruption in every of our society is the key factor of committing other criminal activities. The misused of hierarchical level of power in which people in the authority solely devote themselves toward the service of their self-interest is totally an injustice. All hierarchical levels must work efficiently to support the need of the public and not to themselves alone, for this will create good governance which will support the wish of people to live in peace, progress and harmony.Last Mod: 25 Aralık 2012, 12:23