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The corruption Buhari’s govt cannot fight

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By Abbas Inuwa Jnr

The government is expected to address all challenges, domestic and international for the wellbeing of its people and guests. The challenge of corruption is not mutually exclusive, government through anti-corruption agencies need to enforce and prevent corruption, as well as educate the public on its vices.

The government can address bureaucratic, political, economic, incidental and state-restricting corruptions. However, not all forms of corruption can be addressed by the government as not all forms are criminal offences or simple transaction like bribe. Therefore, the onus lies with the citizens.

The corrupt behaviour of breaching traffic rules, lateness to work, absenteeism, lies, mischief, misuse of official information, not keeping to time (African time), hypocrisy, deceit and underhandedness, passive abuse of office (including nepotism, victimisation and bullying), exploiting conflicts of interest or personal interests may be considered unethical, especially in a professional sense. They constitute ‘quiet’ corruption found in various types of malpractice of frontline providers (such as teachers, doctors, supervisors, and other government agents) that do not involve monetary exchange. Quiet corruptions are observable and sometimes hard-to-observe deviations from expected conduct such as a lower level of effort than expected or the deliberate bending of rules for personal advantage.


These forms of corruption are relatively subjective and inclined to personal conduct either privately or publicly and require personal commitment and redemption to be addressed and not governmental intervention.

What would you say of someone who accuses a motorist of obeying traffic rules because he wants to overtake the motorist and breach traffic? Or, someone who accuses a colleague of doing his work diligently? Really that person requires divine intervention to see the rights in others before emulating same.

Quiet corruption is not the type Buhari’s government will fight, they are either inherent or habitual immoral attitude that Nigerians must fight. As the saying goes “the fight against corruption starts with you and me”.

At the core of this saying is the individual commitment to condemn corruption and uphold integrity according to the rules and tenets of belief. All religions abhor corruption and social vices, therefore we must look inward spiritually and internalise God’s consciousness to be able to fight corruption.

Spiritually, the holy bible reveals that, “Corrupt thoughts give rise to corrupt speech and corrupt actions” (Proverbs 19:28; James 3:6). “When human hearts are not in fellowship with God, they are preoccupied with their own interests and fail to accept God’s will as the norm of action” (Romans 3:23; 5:12).

The holy quran says: “Woe to those who deal in fraud. Those who when they have to receive by measure from men, exact full measure. But when they have to give by measure or weight to men, give less than due. Do they not think that they will be called to account on a mighty day, a day when (all) mankind will stand before the Lord of the worlds?” (Q.83 vs. 1-6). Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) further reiterates that, “Whoever indulges in corruption is not part of us”.

Therefore, it is pertinent to note that, irrespective of one’s belief or religion, corruption is not an option both morally and spiritually.

As Nigerians, we are part of the government’s anti-corruption effort, the success of which depends on us, our readiness to change, our support and commitment, response and participation in the process. The thought of eradicating corruption starts with the individual. It is our ethical transformation and commitment to fight the menace that will make the anti-corruption crusade successful.

Nigerians must shun and condemn corruption in all its ramifications and work for the common good individually and collectively; a progressive nation is built on the platform of good leadership, committed followers, sound morals, stable economy and patriotism.

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