Gidado J. Mustapha
PHI_300 Research Paper
Ethics and Leadership
Dr. Pavel Ushakov
17th April, 2014.
LEADERSHIP AND CORRUPTION IN NIGERIA
Leadership has always been one of the best factors to consider when determining the goal of a society or a community, it does not matter how big or small a community might be; it has to have a leader if it wants to be developed and harmonized (Ushakov). Leadership has always played a big role in the developing countries, or anywhere in the world. It is very difficult to find a society whether in an urban areas or rural areas functioning without a leader.
Leadership has been defined generally as how a single person takes responsibility of directing a community towards a common goal (Ushakov 2). Of course it has so many types, or styles rather. Different people lead in so many different ways, the matter of it being advantageous (benefits the society) or disadvantageous (deteriorates the society) depends on the visions and agendas set forward by the leader. Some leaders tend to use force in trying to get their objectives done, for example, Alexander the great, the king of Macedonia; while some leaders use their charismatic abilities to influence people to achieve success in their goals, for example, Mahatma Ghandi.
Corruption on the other hand is always a bad move in any society. It does not have any importance in a community. It brings lack of trust, lack of unity, selfishness, and reduces the standards of the society. By general definition of corruption, it always means dishonesty and an act that involves bribery (Stevenson). The higher the corruption of a society, the more the problems of that society clump together until it reaches a major point. Once corruption starts, it eats away the society bit by bit and it keeps on getting bigger and bigger in the society if not stopped at once. A very good example is Nigeria which I would be discussing in the next paragraph. After all, Nigeria would be the main concentration of this paper based on its leadership and corruption.
Nigeria is the most populated country in the continent for a fact. It is indeed a great nation with numerous histories all over it. It is well known all over the world for its dramatic leadership that stops it from competing among the elites. “Nigeria is one of the countries in West Africa sub-region, whose development has been undermined by the menace of corrupt practices by her leaders” (Anazodo Rosemary 1).
Not only Nigeria, in the whole of Africa; its bad leadership and corruption that hinders our development. “. . . Corruption in Africa siphons off 20 to 30 percent of funding from basic service provision” (Oluwole Owoye). As a matter of fact, before we gained independence, everything was going just good. Nigeria had no problem of corruption; our currency was one of the strongest as of that time, we were economically diversified and there was peace. Now everything seems just too different, some people even...