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  1. Well, well, well. This article or part of an article has been a long time a looming. It is very interesting and gives me new insight into why corruption not only has worsened and persisted in Nigeria but why it is also resistant to reforms of all kinds. I wonder if institutional failures are main cause of corruption. Hunger is also important as you also demonstrated referring to the impact of the introduction of SAP. My question is if economic conditions are not good and institutions are contrary to their purpose, is there any real hope of curing corruption Nigeria?

  2. This is a nice write-up but a bit much on the intellectual side. Is the National Association of Seadogs a foreign fraternity like Cap n Skull or Bullingdon superimposed on males in Nigerian universities? I ask only because the image they portray of their association does not match the inner reality. I hope not all institutions are like this in our country but if they are, what can we do to change the system?

  3. Wow, this series on corruption is quite enlightening. The ways and techniques of corruption are not as obvious or understandable as a lay man like myself would imagine. I would like to know of specific examples of how contrary institutions make corruption possible in Africa. Keep up the good work.

  4. Brilliant piece. I have been following this blog for almost a year and I like it a lot. It surprises me that people who comment on this blog are a lot more interested in the corruption in the national association of seadogs than corruption in Nigerian society. I thought it would be interesting to hear the opinions of commentators on the problems of institutions in Nigeria. My opinion is that the article does not explain the problem of informal institutions interfering with formal institutions in Nigeria so as to create ample opportunities for corruption. Maybe the the does do that in the article the culled this from but I cannot access it.

  5. @Enasa – Nigerian society is in no way hypocritical about corruption but NAS is an extreme example the kettle calling the pot black. And we all know this. If NAS were a silent corruption organisation people would leave them alone. Please take this into consideration before judging those who comment on this blog. Moreover, the standard of this article is much higher than the previous three so it stands to reason that that responses would be fewer unless more intellectual types are attracted.

  6. Contrary institutions exist everywhere in the world so forgive me for being disagreeable to the fact that it is considered a Nigerian problem. It is easy to find theories that explain corruption in Nigeria but even though this one is better than most I have come across I think it should be a general theory of corruption whether it is weak or strong.

  7. John, I am entitled to my own opinion. My so-called ‘judgment’ is simply a call onto those who read and comment on this blog to contribute something to the discussion on biggest problem that faces the country known as Nigeria. NAS is less than a drop of water in the problem of Nigerian corruption. Let us not get personal, discussions please.

  8. Bernard, I think that general theories are applied to all regions in the world when it comes to human activity as long as the context is relevant. I think that you would agree with me since you appear to read much on the subject that this is a general theory of corruption in the context of post-colonial nations.

  9. Is corruption in Nigeria curable? I doubt it very much. Corruption is a accepted way of life in Nigeria. People listen subserviently their religious leaders in Nigeria maybe they can solve the problem of corruption.

  10. @Bernard – thinking is ideas in action. Thinking is action. Thinking is the hardest thing for man to do. The whole purpose of this discussion is to generate ideas and if one good idea comes out of it it is a sufficient success. When ideas becoming self-persuasive and self-cogent you find people will embrace them and implement them or at least agitate for their implementation. Are democracy, religion, education, music, films not all “grammar”? When ideas are ripe action becomes inevitable.

  11. Grimot, I finally read the full paper. I do not understand why you did articulate the tensions that lead to corruption in Nigeria on this blog – you seem to have meticulously unearthed some of the mechanisms of corruption that pass most other authors on the subject by. It is not my place to dictate but I suggest you paste full links to your papers, the few I have read are really shedding new light on the problem. I still think reforms are insufficient to eradicate corruption in Nigeria, do you agree?

  12. UK-Nigerian Anti-Corruption Cooperation

    All Party Parliamentary Group on Nigeria

    Monday 17 October 2011 17:30 to 18:30 (Europe/London)


    House of Commons, Committee Room 16


    Jonathan Benton, Detective Chief Inspector, Economic & Specialist Crime Command, Metropolitan Police
    Eric Guttschuss, Researcher on Nigeria, Human Rights Watch
    Oba Nsugbe QC, SAN, Head of Chambers, Pump Court Chambers
    Chair: Meg Hillier MP, Chair of the APPG on Nigeria

    Type: Research and other events

    This meeting of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Nigeria will explore the practicalities of the UK and Nigeria’s anti-corruption cooperation, the successes of the relationship and unresolved challenges. With the two countries planning to double bilateral trade by 2014 and continuing to promote investment and technological co-operation while concerns relating to development and security in Nigeria deepen, effective efforts to tackle corruption and financial crime have become ever more crucial. While the UK has been working with Nigeria for a number of years on its anti-corruption efforts, Nigeria’s Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has in recent years received growing criticism.

  13. To get in touch with Meg Hillier, you can do so in the following ways

    Reference: UK-Nigerian Anti-Corruption Cooperation

    Write: House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA

    Telephone: 020 7219 5325

    Fax: 020 7219 8768