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Title:Political corruption and the Nigerian democratic environment: the role of religion
Author:Noibi, Mubarak AdemolaISNI
Year:2010
Periodical:Journal of Oriental and African Studies
Volume:19
Pages:233-243
Language:English
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:corruption
Islam
religious education
Abstract:Corruption is a relative phenomenon and is usually treated in accordance with the norms of its context and not according to universal standards. However, from the Islamic point of view, corruption, which is often referred to as 'fasad', takes different forms and is also universal. The author surveys various definitions of corruption, looks at different causes of corruption (customs, attitudes and habit; pressure on officials; the political environment; ethnicity), and sums up its benefits (economic development; national integration) and costs (wastage of resources; instability; capacity reduction). In Nigeria, political corruption is widespread. Attempts to stamp out corruption have not been successful. Ironically, religion has not been put to optimal use in this respect. The author highlights relevant teachings of Islam and recommends using religion to address the problem of political corruption in Nigeria. Religion should be a compulsory subject in primary and secondary schools in order to acquaint pupils with the true teachings of their religion which will reflect in their personal interactions. Teaching of accountability in the hereafter should be incorporated in the General Studies Programme in Nigeria's tertiary institutions. Religious bodies should be involved in the screening of political office holders in order to verify their honesty. Furthermore, the government should encourage religious clerics to preach to the public through the electronic media on the evils of corruption. Ref., sum. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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