CORRUPTION: A Paradox Of Innovation By Olusegun Fashakin

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 By Olusegun Fashakin

A disengagement of truth behind the tripod of reality will fetch blatant fallacy. When businesses are transacted with sand, stones are inevitable for barter. A foul cry of corruption in Nigeria disintegrates more than it unites us. Indiscipline seems to be a ghost that couldn’t be seen by anyone. Those who perpetrate evil are assumed to be elusive in the hands of pretentious law makers. The height of mismanagement seems insurmountable as men and women of worthy character are seen perambulating the corridors of selfishness in office. Awaiting an outcome fairness when scammers gather to hold conferences of fraudulence will remain only a dream.

You can hardly find a ministry, department or agencies without iota of corruption. The battle to rid the system of this ugly monster is still continuous but with disparaging weapons. Lists of cases of national saboteurs awaiting trials keep increasing in the court of law and numbers won’t stop anytime soon. Doors are opening for inconsistent policies while agencies, new ones, are created to curb this menace. With different nomenclatures but same function, duplicating efforts to renege the existing ones. It is hard to force some hard pills of restitution down the throats of evil doers. The evil keeps reappearing in different shades and colours.

Different lines, jingles, rhetoric and parlances to disabuse the mind of the populace of sabotage, yet, the solution is not anywhere closer. As it is popularly stated in Nigeria, “If we don’t kill corruption, corruption will kill us”, yet Nigeria is ranked among the most corrupt nations in the world, alongside with other third world countries. Trying to put a stop keeps strengthening the incorrigible offenders as they manipulate through the porous system of defence. The origin of this heinous attitude towards mankind remains debatable and the aftermath is extensive to all spheres of humanity.

Rather than seek the beginning of an error, why not proffer solution to the existing one. The wild goose chase has always been abortive from time immemorial, it is effort in futility. Banters won’t stop the damages done by corruption, neither will blame game do. Humans are impervious to change, the more reason why every attempt to repress law-breaking has met with stiff resistance to solution. It shouldn’t hamper the progressive voyage for solutions. The situation of things in Nigeria calls for state of emergency as the whole system is infected with the venomous plight of unfaithfulness.

This anti-social attitude has claimed the larger proportion of the national economy as a result of the ineffectual principles and policies laced with bias. Inferior products from manufacturing institutions have flooded the markets as a result of compromise from raw materials and cost of production. Companies pretend to offer compliant products and services with international standard, however, the level of acquiescence in tandem to growth is compromised. All places of business are littered with subversions, owing to insincerity and self-centeredness inimical to mutual development.

The sense of moderation in Nigeria is relatively besmirched as pursuit for material things has beclouded the reasoning of the majority. Political elites may no longer regard the oath of office taken prior their assumption of duties. They run to be recognised in the society by the amount of cash in their foreign accounts and the numbers of vehicles in their garage not for the essence of service. Little wonder the political stage is paraded with severe contention, while the office is grossly abused. Impunity fuels the ember of atrocities in no small measures as the ambit of law could not handle the height of carte blanche.

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It will not be out of place to remind ourselves the consequences of these inadequacies. That the bleeding nation won’t survive this haemorrhage if appropriate and immediate interventions are not employed. The nation is gradually drifting the ancestral paths to greatness as mapped by our forefathers. The citizens’ sense of entitlement should be reordered so we don’t have just one group of persons milking the country at the detriment of other populace. The setbacks, as a result of dishonesty, will not only bring the entire nation to a halt someday, but also mutate the genes of the coming generations to be living that corruption is a lifestyle.

Creating numerous anti-corruption institutions, as we can see, may not suggest solutions, but having creative and functional system. A system void of nepotism, impunity and greed with proactive administrators who have the in-depth knowledge of the past glory of our dear country. These institutions should be independent, isolated from political influence. Appointments of these administrators should be enshrined in the constitution without prejudice. Quota system is doing more harm than good in the present Nigeria, this should be reviewed objectively.

Punishments and corrections are two different terms mostly used interchangeably with wrong motives. Handling matters of corruption, considering the grave impact on the nation’s economy and image, punishments for offences should be relative to the crime committed. Some indescribable punishments have been meted to some offences that seem too trivial for such penalties. Punishments should be garnished with corrections and not condemnation. No doubts, there are condemnable offences, but such should not be petrified to a level of despicable eventualities.

Olusegun Fashakin, a seasoned educator writes in via [email protected]

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