If one sounds out a known name in Nigeria today, there will be some sort of a corruptive edge to them excepting great men that have fought against corruption all their lives (Gani Fawehimi, etc) and held no positions of opportunity. Corruption is a behavioral act often driven by some sort of a psychological reaction to extenuating poverty or in the case of our politicians, greed for excessive wealth.
Corruption among a system could be extensive and deep. The fingers of most past leaders have been soiled one way or another. The fingers of our politicians past and current are stained and contaminated. No exemptions. OBJ may be trying to curtail it but his non-response to the alleged house that was purchased by his son in the United States doesn’t help validate his true intents? He is not excluded from accountability. We have to be balanced in our criticism. If he can’t clearly address his personal integrity issues, why must Atiku be held accountable? Why should NEPA officials be held accountable? Why should the man that tried selling my house in Lagos with false documents be held accountable? The actions of corrupt Nigerians are predictive. It is a looping process that must be cut or else, it will continue to run from one government to another.
Leadership Modeling/Recommendation for Change
Those caught stealing or found to suddenly have excessive wealth with no verifiable source of earnings should be tried. They should be made to lose it all and sentenced to jail for a measurable amount of time or for life based on the severity of their actions. The level of financial violation should dictate the level of consequence. Here is my recommendation:
Option 1: SPTF (Steal, Proven, Tried, and Forfeiture of everything)
Option 2: SPTFJ (Steal, Proven, Tried, Forfeiture and Jail time)
Option 3: SPTFL (Steal, Proven, Tried, Forfeiture and Life in Prison)
Option 4: SPTFE (Steal, Proven, Tried, Forfeiture and Execution)
The above model must be further explored, analyzed and designed in-depth. I made it simple to ensure that all Nigerians understand it. There is no need to design a 500-page corruption eradication strategic plan. A 20-page document will do. I have further segmented the above synopsis into detail and is running close to 15 pages at this time. The model targets accomplices as well as crime committers. The dimensions of application will be formal and informal to ensure that it is (a) concurrent, (b) dependent on violations, and (c) hierarchical and also horizontal in some sort of a matrix system of management. The investigation and operations approaches will follow a mechanism that ensures an ongoing check and balance of the matrix (independent committee) and hierarchical (governmental agency).
To accomplish any kind of corruption curtailment, OBJ has to lead by example. I agree that he is attempting to do just that but continue to fall short in his actions. He can’t sing to the press about his deputy and expect to be respected. Positive feedback can be done in public but if negative, it is recommended that it stays private, specific, gentle and direct.
OBJ needs to address the issue of corruption relating to his clan. He needs to be a true representative of all stakeholders, the citizens.
Analysis of the Recommendation Process
The corruption eradication model can be managed by concurrently running agendas to resolve and curtail corruption at all levels both formally as stated above and informally. For instance, a task force could be established to report to the head of the formal structure, as no government will allow a completely independent structure for fear of self-incrimination. This is clearly indicated by the puppetry EFCC. The informal independent task force will report to an empowered and highly independent panel with an equal level of authority as the head of the formal structure. The Oputa panel comes to mind. However, in this case, the panel will have the power to summon and discipline those that fail to adhere to its call like IBB did to the Oputa panel. I will save the details for a later publication.
When an issue is of a central concern, it is best to address it. It is known that human are selfish in nature and acts in ways that promote self-interest. This unprincipled nature should not mean a complete disregard for everyone else. It does not mean a complete gravitation to unethical acts. It does not grant the right to be champions of corruption or all things evil. We need to build diamonds of these people and someday, we may see the positive aspects of some governors come to light…perhaps in future generations.