Nigeria and its Anti-Corruption War: The Cases of Dariye and Alamieyeseigha
Quite unlike the period before, Obasanjo's administration was characterised by the waging of a serious anti-corruption war. Beyond rhetorics, anti-graft agencies were established and enabled by appropriate legislations to investigate corruption cases, prosecute offenders and confi scate their properties. Although it comes in different forms and assumes a frightening dimension, official corruption, prevalent among political offi ceholders has engaged the attention of government particularly in recent times. The Dariye and Alamieyesiegha cases provide classic examples of how resources meant to take care of the welfare of citizens could be diverted for private benefits. It also shows how a government determined to fight corruption can use the instrument of the law. This article seeks to probe deeper into these and related issues with a view to shedding light on why it will take a longer time for the war on corruption to achieve its desired results.
Africa Insight Vol. 38 (1) 2008: pp. 159-172