Is Nigeria A Graft Republic?
An Igbo adage has it that if a taboo endures too long, it becomes a custom.
It appears corruption in Nigeria will eventually become the taboo that is desperate to transform into a way of life.
Did I hear you say "God forbid"!?
Please, explain how a total of 400 billion naira was received in bribes by public officials within 365 days.
This is according to the National Bureau of Statistics, NBS in its National Corruption Report released on Wednesday.
According to NBS, 32.3% of Nigerian adults who had contact with public officials between June 2015 and May 2016 had to pay bribes to move on with their lives.
The report was prepared by the NBS in collaboration with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.
It said the majority of those who paid bribes to public officials did so more than once over the course of the year.
According to the survey, bribe payers in Nigeria pay an average of six bribes in one year, or one bribe every two months.
By combining the total number of people who paid bribes to public officials with the frequency of the payments, the NBS report estimated that a total of 82.3 million bribes were paid in 12 months.
This, the report stated, resulted in an average of almost one bribe paid by every adult Nigerian per year.
Are you still wondering if you live in Graft Republic?