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CORRUPTION AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT IN NIGERIA
The issue of the upsurge of corruption in Nigeria is troubling. The menace of corruption is not new since it is a global phenomenon. However, corruption is pandemic in Nigeria. It cuts across the different tiers and arms of government and the private sectors. It has been identified as a major challenge to national development. Hence, this paper examines corruption and sustainable development in Nigeria. The paper made use of secondary data collected from daily newspapers, internets, journal, Government publications, and library materials. It anchored on the Differential Association of Crime for its theoretical framework. The kernel of the paper rests on the fact that corrupt practices among the political leadership class have resulted in undermining the growth and stability of the nation’s economy. It is also observed that corruption increases poverty level which also increases criminal activities in the country. The paper, therefore, recommends that corrupt leaders should be probed and ordered to refund the stolen money. Apart from the establishment of anti-corruption agencies, these agencies should no longer be under the control of the executive arm of government but under the control of judiciary particularly the Supreme Court.
Keywords: Corruption, Leadership, Development, Poverty, Criminal Activities