Corruption Threat To Societal Developments – Prince Alege Abdul Hakeem


Corruption has become a way of life. There is no effective check on this growing menace because there is lack of political will. In spite of anti-corruption departments and squads, it has permeated the rank and the file of the administration. No work can be got done unless the palms of the concerned officials are greased. Lubricant in the form of gratification is a must to make the administrative machinery move smoothly in your favour.

First satisfy the officials and then get satisfying results in return.

Kickbacks, gratifications, bribes, and commissions are the order of the day. Students pay capitation fees to get admission in professional courses, job-seekers purchase positions in the administration, contractors grease the palms of the engineers so as to enable themselves to use sand in place of cement in contractual constructions, businessmen use the appropriate ‘lubricant’ to keep their illegal operations moving smoothly.
And then these people, in turn, want to regain their money manifold and quickly by resorting to fraudulent, easy and corrupt means. Thus, there is a vicious circle engulfing all and sundry. Honest, sincere and god-fearing officials are looked down upon. They are considered simpletons, while the bribe-takers are the heroes. The corrupt officials are doing very well for themselves and their higher-ups patronize and protect them because of their fair share in the bribes. These people, in collaboration, co-operation and collusion with others, are enriching themselves. They have fat bank balances, houses in prime locations, and all the modern amenities. They are really rolling in wealth and comprise the most successful segment of the society. There are a few honest ones but they are not courageous enough to condemn and criticism their dishonest and bribe-happy colleagues. They are silent spectators to their corrupt counterparts, being favoured with important posts and assignments. The honest officers are a demoralized lot. Consequently, the fence-sitters are being pushed on to the bandwagon of the corrupt lot.
However the three religions believe in our society kicked against corruption. Like it was cited in the holy Quran: ”O you who have believed, be persistently standing firm for Allah , witnesses in justice, and do not let the hatred of a people prevent you from being just. Be just; that is nearer to righteousness. And fear Allah; indeed, Allah is acquainted with what you do.” ( chapter 5 , verse 8 ,Quran ), the holy Bible also contributed to this: Hosea 9:9 They have sunk deep into corruption, as in the days of Gibeah. God will remember their wickedness and punish them for their sins. Ifa prominently offers us ways out by first cautioning us to be wary of behaviours that encourages corruption. In Odu Obara Oworin, Ifa warns that:
“Oro banta a wuwo bi owu
A difa fun aiye,
Nijo ti gbogbo omoaraiye npon owo pe
Kosi ohun miran mo ninu aiye ti o tun niyi mo rara
Won ni awon o ko ohun gbogbo sile,
Awon o maa sare mo owo
Orunmila ni eyiti e nro niti owo beeni
Ati eyiti e nro niti owo beeko si
Ifa l’a ba maa ye
Ogbon l’a ba ma ye
Awon l’a ba bu iyin fun
Agbeniga la pe owo; abiwaje l’aa pe owo
Iwa rere ni oso eniyan
Bi e ni owo l’owo ko wipe ki e ma di afoju
Ko wipe ki e ma di ashiwere
Ko wipe ki e ma di aro
Ko wipe ki e ma di olokunrin ati beebee
Abuku ara gbogbo le de ba yin
Ki e tun ero gba
Ki e mu iwa rere
Ki e mu ogbon
Ki e wa rubo
Ki ara le ro yin tinutode

‘Heavy words have the weight of an anvil
This was the teaching of Ifa to the world
At a time when all the people of the world
were praising money:
There is nothing else in the world that is
more respected than money
They said they would give up everything
And they would continuously run after (in
Pursuit of) money
Orunmila said: what you think about
Money is so
And what you think about money is also
not so
It is the teachings of Ifa we should honor
It is this we should regard highly
It is said money is a raiser of status and a
corruptor of character
A person who loves money excessively, his
character will be ruined
Good character is the finest beauty of a
Even if you have money, it does not mean
you will not become blind
It does not mean you will not go mad
It does not mean you will not become lame
It does not mean you will not become ill
and the likes
You can still become ill in any part of your
Therefore you should go and get more
wisdom so that you may think deep about
You should cultivate good character
You should acquire wisdom
And you should come and sacrifice so that
you may be at ease inside and out.’

Corruption cannot be checked and minimized unless political leaders themselves are honest and have a strong will and desire to stem the rot. The leaders should encourage honest officials and help them to unite against corrupt and dishonest ones. Corruption should be dealt with an iron hand and further rules and regulations enacted to punish the corrupt government servants and administrators. Nepotism, favoritism, and
red- tapism, etc., should be eliminated because they form the very foundations of corruption. Improvement in salaries, creation of more
employment opportunities can also go a long way in tackling the menace successfully.

Corruption is the enemy of qdevelopment, and of good governance. It must be got rid of. Both the government and the people at large must come together to achieve this national objective.
However, Fighting corruption takes place in many ‘theaters’: it is said that charity begins at home, If a nation is to be corruption free and
become a nation of beautiful minds, I strongly feel there are three key societal members who can make a difference. They are the father, the mother and the teacher.
The war against corruption begins with you, say no to corruption. Therefore, until my last breath, I am going to do what I can, regardless of the cost on me, to try to stop this awful corruption that is destroying our beloved society


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