There is no day that Nigeria is not on the news with regards to the issue of corruption. Nigeria is a blessed country with resources that even the developed countries are jealous of but yet the Nigeria is among the poorest nations in terms of development.
The country has been raped for years by her greedy politicians who continuously steal her wealth at any slightest opportunity. The love for the country has diminished that no one is interested in nation building. Everything is geared and aimed at stuffing the pockets. The sad aspect of this whole practice is that it has eaten so deep into the hearts of the citizens because they have seen it as the only way to get their own share of the national cake.
Corruption in Nigeria has entered another level of sophistication. It is now planted on the DNA of most Nigerians. The most painful aspect of the corrupt system is that no one is interested in adding value. Most of the monies embezzled are not invested but instead they are used to build mansions, buy expensive and luxury cars, visit hotels where the most expensive drinks are purchased and then spend a large chunk on women.
The case has even worsened as a lot of religious bodies have joined the band wagon looking out for their own share of the loot. There so many vices employed in ways that encourages more and more citizens to get involved in corrupt practices in order to satisfy their spiritual leaders. Morals have lost value in Nigeria. The days when people protected “Family Name” have gone into extinction. The response now is “Who Family Name help?”
The educational system has not even helped matter as everything has become monetized. Honorary titles are given without even looking at the pedigree of the recipients. It is now based on the highest bidder. Touts and illiterates are now being awarded doctorates titles as long as they have the right amount.
There is a big need for a re-orientation starting from the leaders to the citizens on the love for the country or else Nigeria is heading towards destruction.
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