Globally, December 9th marks the International Anti-corruption Day. Every nation renews its commitment to fighting corruption on this day, and Nigeria usually does not miss out in some of its blitz. A bit of parade goes on, with face caps, buttoned shirts and nice speeches never missing from staged government events. Most times, I hear Nigerians declaim statements like, “Corruption is a cankerworm that has eaten deep into the fabric of our society.” It is so trite and incomplete. If one reads every coup speech or any address by a president or governor, it suffuse with platitudes like, “fight against corruption”, “we are committed to transparency and accountability”, etc. If Nigeria and corruption have ever been in the boxing ring, why have we not left the first round?
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