Money, Politics and Corruption in Nigeria

Bernard Oladosu Omisore

Abstract


Politics cannot be effectively played or carried out without money. Even in those ancient days when politics started, some form of money was involved. At least, money or forms of it, was used in moving from one place to the other. In fact, people involved in moving from place to place playing politics, spent money to buy food in places outside their places of abode. Again, money breeds corruption. The result of corruption is always money or money’s worth. There is no corruption anywhere in the world without some benefit to someone. And this benefit can usually be quantified in monetary terms. Thus, money, politics and corruption can be said to be bed fellows. They are somehow interrelated. This relationship is quite apparent in Nigeria where corruption is said to have eaten deep into the fabric of the society. The questions that may be asked, are: Has Nigeria always been involved in corruption? What role does money play if any, in politics and corruption in Nigeria? How influential is corruption in Nigeria’s politics? Is it possible for politics to be played in Nigeria devoid of money and corruption? These and other questions are the things that this paper attempts to find answers to. It traces the origin of corruption in Nigeria’s political life. It concludes on the premise that politics can be played with less involvement of money and corruption.


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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5296/jpag.v3i1.3157

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