Corruption in Post-Independence Nigeria: Issues and Problems between 1999 – 2015

Gaius Jatau & Ibrahim Danmaraya
(Volume 2, Issue 1, January 2018)

Every society faces challenges peculiar to its environment and circumstances; Nigeria is no exception. Some of its challenges include corruption and insecurity. These seem to have eaten deep into the fabric of the Nigerian society such that Nigeria is ranked among the most corrupt countries in the world. Unfortunately, while corruption affects national development; it has serious implications for national security and this is the problem citizens and governments are facing in the country today. Previous civilian administrations of President Olusegun Obasanjo and subsequent Nigerian Presidents tried to confront corruption head-on by using different strategies since 1999. Yet the battle is not over. This paper examines the crusade against corruption in the country between 1999-2015 and how it could be tackled, the impact of corruption on national security and development; challenges of the anti-corruption measures and the way forward. The work uses two principal sources broadly categorized as primary and secondary sources of data, and uses descriptive and analytical methods.