NIGERIA’S SECURITY SYSTEM: A CRISIS OF CORRUPTION?

Guardian Global Resources-West Africa

Piracy and terrorism may fill the headlines of Nigerian-related news, but only one issue has been described as the “disease” that is destroying the West African nation from within: corruption.

Corruption is a universal issue, to be sure. But what makes Nigeria unique is that it appears to permeate every facet of society. From the lack of transparency in government finances, to accusations of voter fraud and back-door-deals conducted by foreign energy giants to win lucrative contracts, Nigeria has earned the unfortunate reputation of ranking among the most corrupt nations in the world. All of these aforementioned unscrupulous acts tarnish the image of a country on the economic rise. However, it is the reports of malfeasance inside Nigeria’s security forces that are perhaps the most alarming.

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