Rule of Law and Politics of Anti-Corruption Reform in a Post-Authoritarian State - The Case of Nigeria

Yusuf, HO (2011). Rule of Law and Politics of Anti-Corruption Reform in a Post-Authoritarian State - The Case of Nigeria. King's Law Journal, 22 pp. 57–83.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.5235/096157611794895264

Abstract

There is a global ‘corruption eruption’. While developed countries appear to a great extent to have brought corruption under control, it remains a matter of concern globally. In Africa, a succession of dictators provides classic case studies of political corruption and abuses of power. Not surprisingly, there is considerable criticism of political corruption on the continent, given the obvious links among corruption, poverty, poor economic performance and underdevelopment. As Kofi Annan reminds us, the effects of corruption are ‘disproportionately’ felt in poor countries, as it leads to the diversion of funds that are meant for development and undermines governments’ ability to provide even the most basic social services. This is apart from the propensity of corruption to accentuate inequality and injustice. The Nigerian experience of political corruption supports Annan’s view.

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