This article starts and concludes with the following sentence. “Governance and corruption are essentially about social organisation on a scale that ranges from very good governance to very bad governance.” Very good governance regarding government and organisations does not necessarily suggest the absence of corruption but very bad governance is typically characterised by serious corruption. It is important to focus on the definitions, approaches, perspectives and logics of corruption as long as they are appropriate. However, it is unfortunate when the purpose of managing corruption with anticorruption is often forgotten; the improvement of social organisation or maintaining high standards of enforcement. Social organisation at its root is the ‘collective action’ of two or more people. As the numbers of people organised increase so do the complexity of its management. Continue reading
Corruption takes place in every nation and at all levels in systemic and non-systemic forms. To compare corruption in Nigeria with that in Britain is equivalent to an episode of severe schizophrenia. Capital flight, as it functions in the arena of corruption, happens due to politicians in unstable economies and where the monies can be seized; the wealth is then taken to a “safe haven” nation [in Europe, America or the Middle East] that has a stable economy and the wealth safe from expropriation by nations of origin. Corruption and capital flight has damaged Nigeria perniciously, when will it stop? Continue reading
It is amazing how much Nigeria’s corrupt officials and their clients spend on sex and women. Girls, ladies and new wives who are fortunate enough to be “attached” to corrupt officials and their clients are showered with luxury cars, foreign holiday trips, cushy rented apartments, new-build homes, land acquisition, school fees, obscenely generous stipends, and so forth and so on. This may appear a “normal” action of the rich and affluent until one starts to calculate the amount of Nigeria’s stolen wealth that is spent on sex and illicit sexual relations.
Research nearing conclusion robustly estimates the amount of Nigeria’s stolen wealth spent on sex and related matters at between 5 -10% (i.e. N50 million – 100 million per N1 billion) for the big level thieves; 8-15% (N80 million – 150 million per N1billion) for moderate level thieves; and 11-50% (N110 million – 500 million per N 1 billion) for modest level thieves. (These amounts largely exclude the costs of hotels, travel, communications, abortions, children bearing / upbringing, treating STDs etc.). Big thieves number around 2 thousand, moderate thieves around 20 – 40 thousand and modest thieves around 200 – 400 thousand. Petty thieves do not count. As the size of the theft increases less is spent proportionally on ‘sexualitze’. Continue reading