Leadership and Corruption: The Need for Institutional Control And Public Accountability in Nigeria

Leadership and Corruption: The Need for Institutional Control And Public Accountability in Nigeria

Author(s) by Longe Olukayode
Pages 65-73
Keywords Corruption, Leadership, Accountability, Transparency and Institutional Integrity
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Abstract


Corruption is a malfeasance which thrives in an environment of weak institutional leadership. Despite mounting evidence and increased awareness in the fight against the scourge, it has largely become a social pandemic associated with leadership conundrum in various areas of public life. This paper is therefore a critical examination of the socio-cultural and system related factors that create opportunities for this deviant behaviour in Nigeria. It traced the nation’s legacy of poor leadership to the pervasiveness of the grand scale corruption in the Nigerian society and further discussed the kleptocratic manifestation of the social ill which is obstructive to the national development and growth. On the basis of the submission, possible ways of mitigating the risk of the social menace were suggested. The paper concluded that if corruption is to be put on abeyance, the political leadership needs to be genuinely supportive in fostering a culture of resistance to the scourge by demonstrating unalloyed commitment to public accountability and strengthening reforms for improving institutional integrity across the nation’s economy.

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