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THE SONG OF CORRUPTION AND THE POVERTY-ETHNICITY DANCE

It’s been long since you saw me. Please accept my most sincere apologies – my day job made itself manifest in my night life.

But in my absence, I carried out a research and co-authored a paper that investigated and found the intrinsic relationship between poverty, ethnicity and corruption and here are key excerpts from the paper:

Between the lines of historical events in Nigeria, there has been a visible relationship between poverty, ethnicity and corruption. The paralysis suffered by attempts of fostering sustainable development as a result of these factors has been grossly underplayed. During the process of investigation, we discovered the theory of self-preservation which is set in a field of study called political biology.  I shall proceed to expose our conceptions of the key terms used in the works.

Poverty indicates the incapacity of an individual to access basic human needs such as proper nutrition, basic housing and clothing due to economic or financial constraints. Ethnicity connotes mutual feelings of kinship and brotherhood due to placement by birth and oftentimes religion. Corruption is a deviation from outlined process of behavior for selfish economic ends regardless of the consequences it has on society. Ethnicity as a term is used to pinpoint kinship and brotherhood in terms of socio-cultural links and religious affiliations. Self-preservation is the basic instinct and need for survival of any organism.

Without prior consultation and acceptance of kinship by the peoples of the geographical boundaries now called Nigeria, the British Empire forced a marriage of hundreds of nations to promote selfish interests. Shortly after independence, the country witnessed an unrepentant state of human crises and economic recession. The prevalence of an overwhelming and constantly deteriorating situation of poverty stemming from the obvious perceived corruption of political ruling class has led the suffering larger population to look towards illegal and unlawful practices to placemat their uneven wage-expense relations which becomes unbearable public office holders in the country continue to promote selfish interests and squander public offends.

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The citizens of the Nigerian state are deeply immersed in a struggle for survival that has been created by the rising tune of poverty and the predominant fear of being swept away by the waves of poverty. This has led to the need for corrupt practices to ensure survival. This corruption however might be difficult to entrench without the ethnocentric values that have gained pre-eminence. Thus, this implies that corruption in the form of prebendalism and nepotism are smoothly buried behind ethnic sympathies which lead to inevitable ethnic rivalry, political crises, secessionist agenda and unfaltering economic recession.

Without prior consultation and acceptance of kinship by the peoples of the geographical boundaries now called Nigeria, the British Empire forced a marriage of hundreds of nations to promote selfish interests. Shortly after independence, the country witnessed an unrepentant state of human crises and economic recession. The prevalence of an overwhelming and constantly deteriorating situation of poverty stemming from the obvious perceived corruption of political ruling class has led the suffering larger population to look towards illegal and unlawful practices to placemat their uneven wage-expense relations which becomes unbearable public office holders in the country continue to promote selfish interests and squander public offends.

The citizens of the Nigerian state are deeply immersed in a struggle for survival that has been created by the rising tune of poverty and the predominant fear of being swept away by the waves of poverty. This has led to the need for corrupt practices to ensure survival. This corruption however might be difficult to entrench without the ethnocentric values that have gained pre-eminence. Thus, this implies that corruption in the form of prebendalism and nepotism are smoothly buried behind ethnic sympathies which lead to inevitable ethnic rivalry, political crises, secessionist agenda and unfaltering economic recession.

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