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CIVIL SOCIETY AND ANTI-CORRUPTION CRUSADE IN NIGERIA’S FOURTH REPUBLIC
This paper is a contribution to the debate on the role of civil society in the war against corruption in Nigeria’s Fourth Republic. It argued that corruption has been one of the worst problems, hindering Nigeria’s socio-economic and political advancement, efforts by the successive regime to fight the scourge since the country got her flag independence did not yield the desire result. Moreover, the paper argued further that anti-corruption crusades do not belong to the sphere of government, alone and that civil society organizations were not left behind in the struggle; they have initiated a lot of programs geared towards curbing corruption since the country returned to civil rule in May 1999. They have recorded some level of success through whistle blowing, watch dogs, promotion of awareness on the devastating effect of corruption, formation of anticorruption clubs in schools, etc. However, In spite of these commendable roles of civil society in the fight against corruption in Nigeria, they are faced with many challenges, such as lack of access to valid information, finance, sentiment, and corruption among others. The paper infers that for the anti-graft war to succeed in the country, every Nigerian must see corruption as a national problem, which must be confronted before the economic and social progress of Nigeria can reach its full maturity.
Keywords: Corruption; Civil Society; Anti-corruption; Crusade; Fourth Republic