Combatting Corruption at the Grassroots Level in Nigeria by Funso E. Oluyitan

By Funso E. Oluyitan

This booklet examines public oath taking as an anti-corruption method that has been applied with profitable leads to Nigeria and that has purposes for different international locations being affected by related difficulties. the writer of the booklet is the founding father of organization of Nigerians opposed to Corruption (ANAC), the NGO that first piloted the oath taking program—in which individuals swear publically to not both take or obtain bribes. Drawing at the reports of this system and interviews with a few ANAC individuals, the writer sheds mild on a few of the dynamics that underlie corruption, the possibility of oath taking, and the significance of grassroots efforts and person ethical supplier as forces of change.

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Even if not true, that such allegations seem at all possible indicates the seriousness of our country’s situation. 38 COMBATTING CORRUPTION AT THE GRASSROOTS LEVEL IN NIGERIA Usually, bystanders are considered passive supporters of the perpetrators. The role of unconcerned bystanders is essential in perpetuating corruption. “Perpetrators and their peers often interpret bystanders’ inactive as tacit support for their malevolent actions” (Thalhammer et al. 2007, p. 40). The participants in this study are adults who in the course of their life have been socialized by family, at school, in the mosque or church, which could have some bearing on their life.

The analysis of moral reasoning requires that the logic of the arguments used to establish a moral judgment must be rigorously examined. Second, the factual evidence cited to support individual judgment must be accurate, 40 COMBATTING CORRUPTION AT THE GRASSROOTS LEVEL IN NIGERIA relevant, and complete. Third, the moral standards involved in a person’s moral reasoning must be consistent. How did participants in the study talk about ethical behavior or messages received during childhood through the influence of family, friends, and church or mosque in relation to anti-corruption?

Answers to these and other questions emerged from their life stories as examined here. DEVELOPMENT OF ETHICS/MORAL STANDARDS “Morality claims our lives,” according to Thiroux and Krasemann (1977, p. 1). They explained that morality makes claims upon each of us that are stronger than the claims of law and take priority over selfinterest. They defined morality as dealing basically with humans and how they relate to other beings, both human and nonhuman. Four aspects of morality were considered vital by Thiroux and Krasemann: Religious Morality refers to a human being in relationship to a supernatural being or beings; Morality and Nature .

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