1st Edition

Corruption and Development in Nigeria

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ISBN 9781032014425
July 15, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
264 Pages 13 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


Olayinka Akanle and David Olom Nkpe

Part One: Theory and Background

1. Why Study Corruption in Nigeria: Perspectives in Scale and Outcomes

Olayinka Akanle, EwaJesu Opeyemi Okewumi, Irenitemi Abolade and Olaynka Ola-Lawson 

2. Historical-Contemporary Currents in Corruption and Development in Nigeria

Obatunde Bright Adetola, Olayinka Akanle 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? Breakdown of Social Contract and Corruption of Development in Nigeria

Kolawole E. Omomowo 

6. Media and Corruption

Olayinka Akanle, O. A. Otomi and G. C. Nwanagu 

7. Judicial Corruption in Nigeria

Ajibola Olutayo Olaniyi and Rasidi Akanji Okunlola 

8. Corruption, Violent Crime and Underdevelopment in the Niger-Delta Region

Chinedu Ernest Dinne and Rasheed Akanji Okunola

9. Governance, Leadership and Corruption

Olufunmilola Esther Akanle and Anyanna Orireosobua Augustine 

10. Parasitic Medical Paternalism: A Gaze into Corruption in the Nigerian Health Sector

Olufunke O. Adegoke and Jimoh Amzat 

11. Industrial Corruption and the Underdevelopment of Nigeria

Adefolake Olusola Ademuson 

12. Corruption and the Criminal Justice System Ekwuore

Monday Ushie and Akwaji, Fidelis Ngaji 

13. Corruption and Development Debacle in the Niger Delta Region of Nigeria

Ekwuore Monday Ushie and John Thompson Okpa 

Part Three: Tackling Corruption

14. Corruption Dynamics and the Intractability of Anti-Graft War

Emmanuel Eshiotse, John Thompson Okpa and Mary Iji Iru 

15. Corruption and Anti-corruption Agencies in Nigeria: Attitudes and Perceptions

David Olom Nkpe

16. Corruption and Development Consequences in Nigeria: The Way Forward

Joseph Olufemi Odunuga 

17. Approaches to Preventing and Fighting Corruption in Nigeria

Richard A. Aborisade


Olayinka Akanle and David Olom Nkpe


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Olayinka Akanle 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 Olom Nkpe is a Senior Detective Superintendent/Operations at the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Nigeria and received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts in Sociology from the University of Jos and City University of London respectively.