Gagging the Big Political Question: Will the Regime in Power End Political Corruption in Nigeria?

Dr. Joseph Nkwede

One of the most intractable elements in the governance of Nigeria is the astronomical increase in political corruption, which has continually posed a serious threat to the overall development of the Nigerian state as a political entity. Contemporaneously, political corruption has seemingly permeated into the social fabrics of the populace to the extent that poverty, hunger, unemployment, infrastructural decay and bad governance have taken a centre stage. Consequent upon the efforts of the past regimes to tame the dreaded monster in the polity, the fragility of the Nigerian state has made it practically impossible to end corruptive tendencies in the country, and as such, it has become a serious course for concern not only to scholars but also to stakeholders in view of its staggering dimensions. The paper aims at interrogating the presence or otherwise of democratic yardstick and parameter such as freeness, fairness, objectivity, non-partisanship and mass participatory nature of the change mantra initiated by the regime in power in the fight against political corruption in Nigeria. The historical and analytical approaches were employed in this study with secondary sources of data as research methodology.
Keywords: Political Corruption, Development, Regime in Power, Politics, Governance