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1st Edition

Corruption and Development in Nigeria

ISBN 9781032014425
Published December 29, 2021 by Routledge
210 Pages 12 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Despite being Africa’s largest economy and most populous country, with abundant natural resources, Nigeria still faces substantial development challenges. This book argues that corruption lies at the heart of many of the country’s problems.

Drawing on a range of different disciplinary perspectives, this volume explores the relationship between corruption and development, investigating the causes, contexts, and consequences of corruption, and the pathways for addressing it. As well as covering the wider background and theory surrounding corruption in the country, the book will investigate different sectors: the media, the judiciary, the health sector, industry, the criminal justice system, and of course politics and governance. The book concludes by considering attitudes and perceptions to corruption within Nigeria, current approaches to countering corruption, and future pathways to addressing the problem.

This book’s critical investigation of the links between corruption and development in Nigeria will be of interest to researchers of corruption, development and African Studies, as well as to policy makers, practitioners, and local stakeholders.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Corruption and development in Nigeria

Ọláyínká Àkànle and David O. Nkpe

Part One: Theory and Background

1. Why study corruption in Nigeria? Perspectives on scale and impacts

Ọláyínká Àkànle, EwaJesu Opeyemi Okewumi, Irenitemi Abolade and Olaynka Ola-Lawson 

2. Historical-contemporary currents in corruption and development in Nigeria

Obatunde Bright Adetola, Ọláyínká Àkànle, Gbenga Sunday Adejare and Olusegun Israel Olaniyan 

3. Corruption as a national calamity in Nigeria: A variance based partial least square analysis

Ali Ado Siro and Mustapha Hashim Kurfi 

4. Public corruption encounters in Nigeria, 2016–2019

Oludayo Tade 

Part Two: Sectors and Case Studies

5. Rule of law? The breakdown of the social contract and the corruption of development in Nigeria

Kolawole E. Omomowo 

6. Media and corruption

Ọláyínká Àkànle, O. A. Otomi, G. C. Nwanagu, Gbenga and Sunday Adejare

7. Corruption, violent crime and underdevelopment in the Niger Delta region

Chinedu Ernest Dinne and Rasheed Akanji Okunola

8. Governance, leadership and corruption

Olufunmilola Esther Akanle and Anyanna Orireosobua Augustine 

9. Corruption and the criminal justice system

Ekwuore Monday Ushie and Akwaji, Fidelis Ngaji 

10. Corruption and the development debacle in the Niger Delta region

Ekwuore Monday Ushie and John Thompson Okpa 

Part Three: Tackling Corruption

11. Corruption dynamics and the intractability of anti-graft war

Emmanuel Eshiotse, John Thompson Okpa and Mary Iji Iru

12. Corruption and anti-corruption agencies

David O. Nkpe

13. Corruption and its consequences in Nigeria: The way forward

Joseph Olufemi Odunuga

14. Approaches to preventing and fighting corruption in Nigeria

Richard A. Aborisade


Ọláyínká Àkànle and David Olom Nkpe


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Ọláyínká Àkànle is a lecturer in the Department of Sociology, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ibadan, Nigeria, and a research associate in the Department of Sociology, Faculty of Humanities, University of Johannesburg, South Africa.

David O. Nkpe, a doctoral candidate at the University of Ibadan is a Chief Superintendent of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Nigeria. He received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts degrees in Sociology from University of Jos and City, University of London, respectively.