Corruption And Bribery Can Be Beneficial To Nigeria's Development

The World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, among others, define corruption as "the abuse of public office for private gains". What of political corruption and bribes among private sector parties? This singular omission could discredit World Bank et al., and indirectly flaws the claim that Nigeria is one of the top ranking most corrupt nations. Sincerely, it is no news that our level of corruption and its fight flouted the law of diminishing returns. Therefore, one might wonder why Nigeria should not work with the trend and use it somehow experience good economic performance. After all, many schools of thought (e.g. Lui Francis, Political Order in Changing Societies, in Journal of Political Economy) have theorized "corruption can be like ÔÇśgrease, ÔÇśspeeding up the wheels of commerce". How do one explain some Asian countries, because while the region seems corrupt, it is has continually attract lots of foreign investment and generate growth. Then Nigeria should not be an exception. Therefore, a good advice and prospective theory for Nigerian public office holders and politicians is "chop, but work" .In addition, I like to agree that bribe-taking bureaucrats in Nigeria works harder than their counterparts that do not take bribe? It is also my observation, that many records that could be a positive indicator for economic growth are easily destroyed or never kept just to cover up the act of corruption.

The holy book is also of the same opinion, e.g. Proverbs 17:8, "A bribe works miracles like a magic charm that brings good luck." God Bribed Abraham by promising to make his descendants a great nation, and to give him and his family the land of Canaan (Genesis 12:1-7). Satan even bribes Jesus, when he took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world, and offered Jesus a tremendous bribe, that "All this I will give you if you kneel down and worship me." If going by the definition of bribe, Jesus himself bribed people, not with money, but with the assurance of eternal life and treasure in heaven if they obey God's commandments (Matthew 19:16-26); pray and fast (Matthew 6:7-18), and repent (What Must I Do to Be Saved? published in 2004 by The Flatwoods Free Press). Frome the foregoing, Nigeria should not be deceived by negative report, confusing definitions by developed countries; rather we should look positively inwards of how to turn how ÔÇśhereditary corruption tendency' to economic advancement. This is because, God, Satan, the world, practiced bribery. The world's growth and advancement is based on bribery, and Nigeria should not be left alone.

It is a usual sight and a tradition on a daily basis to see police and military men virtually at every possible erectable checkpoint, stopping motorcycle and motor drivers to collect a mandatory "family support". If the country cannot increase the outrageously low take home pay of a police officer, the unlawful activities should be turn to an economic revenue generation, by legalising the procedures, and formulating a sharing formulae between the police at the actual checkpoint and the government. This will officially increase police officers' salary, after all, how much are the police officers' paid. Enough of fake promises to clamp down on corrupt police officials, for example, former Inspector-General of Police - Tafa Balogun- dismisses about 800 police officers around Nigeria for a mere cumulative 789 dollars while siphoning over 780 Billions himself. This only shows our police are not corrupt, rather the people are corrupt. The system is corruption itself!

However, and on the contrary, if we are desirous of eradicating bribery and corruption, to conform to the deceptive standard of the developed world (bank), first, Nigeria's economy should be such that reduce the powers of government officials in the operation of business. Secondly, we should try to see how our lives would be less control by politicians, and then the less likely corruption would occur and flourish. Thirdly, recruitment and promotion for civil servants should be done by the private sector, and average wages for public officials should be relative to private sector. This is because the quality value of bureaucrats determines relatively how they are recruited, paid, and promoted, in turns determines how corruption flourish. Considering Nigeria's peculiar level of corruption, there is nothing bad in paying civil servants well above their colleagues in the private sector. Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew tried this in Singapore, and it was very successful in reducing corruption. Singapore is one of the least corrupt countries. Therefore, statistically speaking, to really eradicate corruption or reduce it to the Singapore level, Nigeria needs to raise the public sector's pay by at least 600% to 800%. Although, while this might reduce corruption, some people will give and take bribe for selection into for public office. Lastly, Nigeria should triple her ability to detect acts of corruption and prosecute those guilty. While EFCC and ICPC are good channels for detection and punishment, Nigeria needs not a good system but an excellent system. The best way to go is by grassroots "watchdog" organizations; a highly publicised free telephone "hot line" where we could report ourselves; public opinion surveys revealing corrupt departments from respondents' experience; and a free press to make known official corruption. Lastly, let for example, corrupt judges accept secret bribes, and still let justice be done.