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Tomiwa Awoyera: 10 Things the Buhari Administration Needs to Do to Curb Corruption

Tomiwa Awoyera

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Buhari-BNIn Nigeria, corruption is the major problem we are facing. Corruption is an act of dishonest or fraudulent conduct by those in power for private gain. The rate at which corruption is practiced by the people in power, especially politicians is high. They are the people who harvest hard currencies in a cunning way, while their people see neither money nor food. They are the people who misuse the privilege bestowed on them by the creator to be of use to humanity.

In order to curb corruption and heal our land of its infection, the government needs to take an urgent look at it. Even in our society, corruption has been the order of the day. It has affected every facet of life in Nigeria.

The corruption saga in Nigeria has stained the image of this country abroad, and the majority of the people abroad refer to Nigeria as a corrupt nation. According to www.ekekeee.com>home>News, since Nigeria’s independence in 1960, over $400 billion of Nigeria’s oil revenue has been stolen.
As Buhari’s government promises to tackle corruption in Nigeria in his third agenda, there are some certain things that have to be done in order to succeed in fighting corruption.

Transparency and Accountability
The citizens should be able to exercise their right. They should have access to information about the government spending activities and demand for accountability. Also, the government should ensure transparent process in their businesses so that they will be accountable to the citizens.

Anti-corruption agencies
The anti-corruption law agencies [EFCC and ICPC] should ensure strict discipline to those found guilty without fear or favour. In some countries like China, Japan, Iran, etc., they execute the corrupt leaders through “death by hanging”. If this capital punishment cannot be done in Nigeria, they should be sentenced to severe years of prison term with hard labour.

Say “NO” to bribery
Corruption is not only practiced by our leaders; everybody is guilty of it. Let’s say “No” to any form of corruption e.g. bribery, stealing, embezzlement. Bribery is the act of giving money or favour to someone in order to induce him to act dishonestly.

Press freedom
The government should not dictate to the press in order to expose the secret of the corrupt leaders. The press serves as the intermediary between the government and the people. They should be free to investigate and report the state of things in the country.

Checks and balances
There should be checks and balances between the anti-corruption agency and the government. The EFCC and ICPC should monitor all the budget, finance, expenses of the government in order to ensure that there is no form of corruption.

Awareness
The young people [below 18] should be educated about the menaces of corruption through the NGOs, public lectures, schools etc because they are the future of the country, and so that their minds will not be poisoned by these corrupt leaders.

Youth empowerment
Over 80% of the youths are unemployed. Most of them extort money from people through advanced fee fraud, armed robbery, and many other criminal acts in other to earn a living. The government should provide employment for youth, social amenities, hand work free trainings etc. This will reduce the state of corruption in Nigeria.

Effective administration
In order to fight corruption, it starts from the government. There must be a collective work between the parliament and the heads of government. They must be able to be strict, and be disciplined in their administration.

Patience
In general, Nigerians need to cultivate the habit of patience. Some people involve themselves in corruption because they want to get rich as fast as possible and some because of the love for money.

Commitment
Also, commitment to stick fast to high standard of integrity by government authorities and the people is important in order to curb corruption in Nigeria.

In conclusion, the situation of corruption in Nigeria will be eradicated to the barest minimum if the government and the people of Nigeria can follow the points above.

Awoyera Tomiwa is young Nigerian student and enterprising blogger, who is passionate about the state of things in this country. He resides in Ibadan, Oyo state. He writes technical content and in the politics and entertainment niche.

12 Comments

  1. tony

    August 15, 2015 at 1:44 pm

    Impressive mr Tomiwa… I like this!! i loved the ‘Say no to bribery’ Buhari appears not to be fighting a holistic fight against corruption. Bribery is what gives us our bad name!!! they need to deploy secret shoppers in all these ministries!!

  2. EllesarisEllendil

    August 15, 2015 at 2:16 pm

    I was wondering if the writer lived in the Nigeria as I was reading this, turns out its the opposite, good old fashioned naivete. The problems of corruption aren’t as easy to solve as making a list. Example:

    “Transparency and Accountability”: A. Expensive, B. A waste of time and resources in a country with our low literacy and internet penetration levels.

    “Anti-corruption agencies”: Can’t be effective in a democratic setting, especially with the laws we currently have, however changing those laws are the purview of our “saintly”, “non-corrupt” legislature s/.

    “Say “NO” to bribery’: Easier said than done, more often than not, you’re not given a choice, its an offer you can’t refuse Mafia style.

    “Press freedom”: Worst and most overrated idea ever, Press freedom is a myth, the journalists follow the orders of their owners, i.e the totally “incorruptible”, “patriotic”, “ascetic” business Men who put the interests of the nation over theirs s/.

    “Checks and balances”: They already are checks and balances, problem is in Nigeria they’re both corrupt.

    “Awareness”: Is there not already awareness?? has it changed anything?

    “Youth empowerment”: Our education system is geared towards making 80% unemployable, the education system needs a complete bottom up overhaul.

    “Effective administration”: How exactly do you enforce this in a democracy with our literacy levels??? In 2019, they’ll simply hire a few thugs, coordinate a few stomach infrastructure drops, blame the Muslims or the Christians and get back into office.

    “Patience”: There is a reason elections are every 4 years. People expect results and they expect them now! the opposition exists to make you think they can deliver faster results and why would anybody be patient when there’re no rewards to following the rules?

    “Commitment”: Nobody wants to do the right, democracy works perfectly when an enlightened electorate force the politicians to do the right thing and strong institutions force the citizenry to the right thing, take one away and chaos ensues, take both away and the nation exists only by God’s grace and the temperament of the people.

    Concluding, you’ll get pessimistic in time too, Nigeria does that to everybody.

    • molarah

      August 15, 2015 at 6:49 pm

      I thought he sounded a bit naive too, but then I think your response is a bit much. He did raise some good points, some of which border on plain old common sense that we should all have but have lost along the way, somehow.

    • kanyin

      August 15, 2015 at 10:25 pm

      Good points Ellesaris. But cut tomiwa some slack. He is 17. I’m actually impressed that a 17 year old is thinking this way. So please before you counter every point he made and tell us what’s wrong with it… let’s applaud his attempt to bring sanity into this insanely corruption system.

    • kanyin

      August 15, 2015 at 10:33 pm

      *insanely corrupt*

  3. bruno

    August 15, 2015 at 2:49 pm

    that organisation called EFCC should be scrapped immediately. they have never ever put any former governor or minister in prison. they just love drama and eye service. they will soon release adanna’s father just watch.

    yes, we want receipts. receipts for every penny spent. how much u spent to buy that cement u used to build that school, we want to know, we want to see the receipt. publish the receipts in the newspapers.

    They should also reduce politicians salaries to the barest minimum. 100,000 highest. they should stop that thing called allowance also. if they do this, just watch as people will start running away from government posts, infact we would start begging people to be ministers and commissioners and governors.

    • Anna

      August 16, 2015 at 1:07 am

      I so agree with this! Tbh I think we’re still a long way from stopping corruption. As a government official your salary should be based on your performance. Stricly commission based wages.. i.e all those states that perform below par: Kogi, Benue, Ekiti, their government officials should be paid scraps, so just like EllesarisEllendil it will encourage those who really care to actually run for office.

      I’m waiting to see how the governorship elections will turn out later this year. I hope Kogi will vote for the right candidate, but most importantly each party will choose a credible candidate to represent them. I think this will be pdp’s last chance to grab any positions till 2019; their mistake of choosing the wrong east senatorial candidate earlier in the year not only lost them 3 senatorial seats but also the whole of Kogi’s vote during the presidential election. Just goes to show that money over loyalty and paitence.

    • Anna

      August 16, 2015 at 1:08 am

      “EllesarisEllendil said *and patience

  4. yellow sisi

    August 15, 2015 at 6:13 pm

    Action!!!

  5. nannie

    August 15, 2015 at 7:06 pm

    nice one

  6. kanyin

    August 15, 2015 at 10:31 pm

    *insanely corrupt* chai! What was I thinking! *covers face*

  7. Gbemi

    August 16, 2015 at 3:32 am

    We try to blame the government every time .. When we are not doing anything ourselves .. Is it the government telling you to jump the queues.? is it the government that would even tell you not to litter the roads ? .The biscuit we all threw out from our car window has piled up.. Blocked the drainage which has In turn damaged the side of the road …. Very little things that we do matters a lot . Not to even talk about public amenities, the lack of maintenance culture .. We feel because it’s government’s resources we should waste it .. The fight should start within ourselves .. You would be shocked how things would get better and we all decide to do right

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