Corruption is in fact almost an anthem in Nigeria because hardly a day passes without the word being on the lips of the citizens.
President Muhammadu Buhari’s ‘kill corruption or it kills you’ policy has to an extent helped to propagate the word and made it a popular word in the country.
Since assumption of office, Buhari has shown zero tolerance to corruption and is bent on kicking it totally out from the Nigerian system.
There has been reported cases of recovered loot from corrupt politicians and according to the records, more men are caught up in corruption charges than women.
From the famous case involving the former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, who was arrested on December 2015 for allegedly stealing $2bn and awarding phantom contracts to buy 12 helicopters, four fighter jets, and ammunition meant for the Nigeria’s military campaign against Boko Haram Islamist militants, to lots more corruption cases which mostly involved men.
The Acting Chairman, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr Ibrahim Magu, further buttressed the observation with an assertion that corrupt tendencies were more pronounced among males than females.
In his words: “Looking at the number of people that have been apprehended by the commission, the number of men involved outnumbers the women.”
Even though a lot of people may argue, but in the real sense, it could be the Africa upbringing that is favouring the female folks because more attention is given to them due to their vulnerability nature.
Women are trained as nation builders to ensure that the right societal values could never be over-emphasized.
The big question that is begging for answer is why men are mostly involved in the corruption cases?
Or are men just being unnecessary greedy in their quest to make ends meet?
An average African man is saddled with the responsibility of providing for their homes and the pressure to meet up makes them go as far as soiling their hands not minding whose ox is gored.
On the flip side however, it could be the gender representation in leadership positions that influenced the number.
There are more men in the political system than women in Nigeria.
Well, whatever may be their reasons, Nigerians are patiently waiting with crossed fingers for the day when corruption would become alien across every system in the country’s polity.
But the question remains – when will that big day finally arrive?
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