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When Did Corruption Start In Nigeria?

Just wondering if anybody knows the genesis of corruption in our dear country Nigeria

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Corruption is a common denominator for many developing countries. In Nigeria it represents a huge problem. The first official and public cases against people in power were carried out back in 40ss of the last century. The biggest problem with it is that the same people, who rob the country and its people keep coming back to power over and over again. They stay unpunished and thus find it easy to steal and be corrupt.

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You're 10000% WRONG. Corruption in Nigeria began the day the British started to rule Nigeria. In fact the very creation of 'Nigeria' was an act of greed and corruption.

The British colonial govt exploited and exported Tin, Groundnuts, Iron Ore, Rubber, Coal, Palm Oil, Copper, and agricultural products from Nigeria for over 87 years in power, products which commanded a premium price on the international market in their time - and to show for all these riches, at independence Nigeria had ONE university serving its (then) 60 million people (compared to 120 unis today), a shocking 7% literacy rate (compared to 74% today), with malnutrition and poverty ravaging the nation. Infant mortality rate stood at 259 per 1000 (that figure down to 88 per 1000 today), and power generation stood at 270 megawatts (compared to 4,500mw today) etc etc. No expressways, very few roads, and cars were only for the very rich (a tiny few). The overwhelming majority of the profits from the export of Nigerian resources were siphoned to London, and it was these stolen riches from their colonies that made Britain and other European nations wealthy.

Fact is - corruption actually REDUCED DRASTICALLY after Nigeria gained independence, with more of the nation's resources being spent on its people.

That's one reason why YOU are schooled, well fed, well dressed, and can type and read and browse online, whereas your grandparents were, like 99% of ours, stark illiterates and village peasants courtesy of British grand corruption and misrule.

Lesson: COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS

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Chinua Achebe's No Longer At Ease points how corruption being there since colonial times. Administrators for britian were at time corrupt but not as often as their african middle men whom later became the heads of government.

I think it became a severe problem under the military tho

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When the British seized the land. People tend to forget that it was NOT legal for the UK to take over the area now known as Nigeria and it was NOT an era without corruption. Nigeria was birthed out of the biggest crime in Africa's recent history. The most corrupt people in Nigeria were/are the British and other Europeans.

It was the British that also tampered with Nigerias politics, of course they would, it was them who created it.

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is tooo long time story but what i know is start from government workers becouse they revome from there salary and call it peson and some our goverment are not allow it again when the workers reteryard so satart form them to all political leaders and from to police so from we dem de say nothing go for nothing till today

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@ Quotasyste

Always enjoy ur views my broda.

take it easy on d dude aight, no be fight.

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Everything depends on your definition of corruption.

however, we should not make this an ethnic issue cos my grandPop of blessed memeory once told me that even befor independence corruption was around. even within colonial circles.

however the question was when did it become institutionalized.

that i'll say lies sometime between mid-fifties & shagari's sleaze adminstration of late 70's early 80's.

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the 1966 coup arose due to high rate of corruption and political instability in nigeria. tafawa balewa was PM while obj was still a junior officer in the army.

there were actually openly corrupt southern ministers too but hey u have an agenda on nairaland

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the day Nigeria proclaimed its independence.

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U can see its not only me. i am not smering OBJ image

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History of corruption should be less of interest than SOLUTIONS TO GET RID OF CORRUPTION.

We may have to think out of the box on the SOLUTIONS. The history is like fogging a dead horse.

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The hausas started corruption in nigeria. Go and read nigeria's history particularly about census inflation and "why we struck by the five majors" The first coup came about because of rampant corruption by the hausa administration of those days.

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i am so sure that when we were trying to get independence from Brittain, we much have paid some bribes and we know what follows, corruption.

When Abiola got money from ITT, isnt that part of Corruption?

When Obasanjo started Operation Feed The Nation and later turns to Obasanjo Farm, isnt that corruption?

Infact Nija, i hail thee

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definitely not, or do u want us to back to the dubious dealings of groups like the royal niger company? i believe the poster meant nigeria after colonial rule

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Does that mean no corruption b/4 independence

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i guess the tafawa balewa administration ceased to exist. this obj smear campaign is getting ridiculous. nigeria experienced corruption immediately after independence especially when it came to government jobs and contracts. corruption was usually based on ethnic or party alliances.

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obasajo's first rule as head of state

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