n AFFRIKA Journal of Politics, Economics and Society - Corruption and political instability in Nigeria : a post-mortem interrogation of the first and second republics

Volume 6, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1998-4936
  • E-ISSN: 2075-6534


One of the basic enigma of democracy and stability in Nigeria since its attainment of political independence in 1960 is pandemic political and bureaucratic corruption. Corruption is indeed the open disease of democracy widely acknowledged even at the highest level of governance in the country. In Nigeria, corruption is real and it is real in its manifestations and consequences. It has been responsible, to a large extent for the poor performance capacity of the state, economic woes, social crisis, infrastructural decay, legitimacy deficit and the general development tragedy. It is therefore not surprising that corruption has become a prominent factor in the explanation of the various predicaments of the Nigerian state, more importantly political and governmental instability and particularly public policy summersault. From 1960, Nigeria's political history has been replete with spurious, dotted and unwholesome experiences, fraught with failures and disappointments. Therefore, from historical records, to say that Nigeria is one of the most economically and politically fragile states in Africa is to state the obvious. The country has stumbled from one political crisis to another.

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