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COMBATING CORRUPTION WITH AFRICAN RESTORATIVE JUSTICE TRADITION: SUGGESTED STEPS FOR NIGERIA
Corruption has continued to plague countries across the world, especially those in Africa. Local and international communities have all congregated around the conviction that Western bureaucratic mechanisms can destroy and deter corruption. The heavy criticisms against them indicates failure coming from inherent contradictions and lack of political and moral will to keep corruption practices and actors at bay. African restorative justice is articulated as a viable mechanism for controlling corruption and should not be taken as a second fiddle to Western mechanisms, but suis generis a strategy with great potentials. By using African restorative justice mechanism, Nigeria will not only be cutting down corruption but attacking its root, namely, moral depravity and the aversion of social responsibility.
Key Words: corruption in Nigeria, mainstream mechanisms, Ubuntu philosophy, restorative justice principles, banishment, African indigenous knowledge