L.I. Xiaohong, Director at Vice-Minister Level of the Office of the Central Leading Group for Inspection Tours of the Communist Party of China, CPC, has commended the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, for its unrelenting effort to fight corruption to a standstill in Nigeria.
While expressing his delight to be involved with the anti-graft agency’s efforts, he added that, “We want to cooperate with the EFCC to explore and promote anti-corruption agenda, as we are aware of your achievements”.
Ibrahim Magu, acting EFCC Chairman, who received the delegation, expressed his readiness to partner with the China, in the fight against corruption, stressing that the anti-graft agency was opened to international collaborations. He described the visit as “a gateway” for expanding the operations of the EFCC.
Recipes that have worked in countries like China may not necessarily be applied in developing ones like Nigeria.
Below are some of the reasons why the recipes of fighting corruption in China won’t work in Nigeria:
Cost of fighting corruption:
The cost of fighting corruption is very high, it ranges from countries, while it cost China a stagerring US$86 billion each year; PriceWaterhouseCoopers, PwC has shown that it would cost Nigeria 30 per cent of its GDP to fight corruption by 2030.
Change in government policy:
corruption is closely linked to the type of government involved. the battle against corruption in Nigeria seems like an episode of “Law & Order,” a hunt to catch bad guys who are breaking the law. This is the spirit that pervades most anti-corruption efforts in Nigeria.
Fight against corruption lead to social unrest:
With local protests driven by official corruption plaguing China, how much longer can Communist Party last? Nigeria is sitting on a time bomb of war threats coming from the Nnamdi Kanu IPOB, The Boko Harams which are believed to be politically motivated, serious fights can trigger unrest across Nigeria if the case is not carefully handled as the group members are willing pawns in the hands of politicians
Corruption is part of every day life:
In Nigeria today, corruption is widespread and part of everyday life. Our society has learned to live with it, even considering it, as an integral part of our culture. For instance, on the award of government contracts or the amount of tax due, even in simple procedure like obtaining civil documents,money sometime change hands.Civil servants who refuse to toe the line are removed from office. All these helps to make corruption seem normal.
Low wages in the civil service:
The minimum wage at the Federal civil service is still N18,000; low wages in the civil service encourage petty corruption, coupled with the imbalance between the supply and demand for public services which creates opportunities for corruption.
Individuals tend to invest in a career in the public service, given the shortage of opportunities in the private sector, thus increasing the likelihood of their involvement in corrupt practices.
Low level of education:
The level of education in Nigeria is still relatively low, some Nigerian citizens still live in a state of ignorance of their rights, barring them from participating in political life/corruption fight
Many politicians owe their careers and status to corruption and few of them, if any, will take a stand against it, either for fear of upsetting their own careers or the political status quo generally.