From the pulpits in churches to the podiums in conferences, from the lips of a bus conductor to those of a CEO, we hear the same word — Corruption, spoken as though it were a noun.
A noun by the way is a name of a person, place or thing. Corruption is none of the above! Corruption is a behavioural problem that is shared by a majority of Nigerians.
So when a politician boasts, “I’m going to fight corruption to the finish”, and they make it sound like its a fight between Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Paquaio, I wonder what the hell they’re talking about.
Turning a behavioural problem (a verb) into a noun (state) disempowers us from ever tackling it effectively. Corruption is creaming off N2billion each month with ghost workers as much as it is giving an innocuous N200 note to a police officer on duty.
No single person can effectively get rid of corruption. It starts with individual Nigerians deciding to do right, stand for what’s right and stick the course. More easily said than done.