Despite the heated campaigns and radical efforts to fight corruption in Nigeria since the Goodluck Jonathan regime to Muhammadu Buhari’s recent assumption of office, a recent survey shows that corruption is still on the rise in the country.
The latest Global Corruption Barometer survey [2014/2015] by the international anti-corruption organisation Transparency International reveals that ‘78% of Nigerians’ accuse the government of failing badly in its effort to fight corruption.
According to a recent report, analysts worry that ‘underreporting’ is encouraging this current increase in corruption.
The survey by Transparency International suggested that only 2 in 100 respondents saw that it was too expensive to report corruption. Most of the other respondents in the survey were either afraid of the consequences of reporting, convinced that it would make no difference, convinced that corruption was normal or unaware of where to report.
South African anti-graft activist Ronald Menoe explains that, ‘We have a responsibility to make sure the public understands it and reports it, and they need to see punitive measures or consequences for the perpetrators.’
Menoe adds that, ‘People who are politically connected or occupy positions of power, when they commit corruption, you don’t see measures in most cases. According to him, ‘Where there are punitive measures, it is a lightweight kind of punishment that they get. We see that demotivating the public in reporting corruption or being active in the fight against corruption in general.’