CORRUPTION, INSURGENCY AND NIGERIA’S DEVELOPMENTAL CHALLENGES
Keywords:developmental challenges, anti-corruption strategy, anti- Insurgency initiatives, corruption, insurgency, insurgency in Nigeria
The paper examines the nexus between corruption, insurgency and Nigeria’s developmental challenges using descriptive research method. There is no gainsaying the fact that Nigeria since 2009 recorded unprecedented scale of killings, destruction of public and private property, incessant kidnapping and abduction of people, increase in internally displaced persons and acquisition of territories due to Boko Haram insurgency. Unfortunately government’s efforts directed at fighting the scourge remained a failure. The paper, however, argues that corruption is the main factor responsible for the prevalence of insurgency in Nigeria as well as preventing its total obliteration. However, both corruption and insurgency have had grave consequences on Nigeria’s socio-economic and political development. The paper submits that the twin evils have contributed to poor economic growth and development, political instability, increased level of insecurity in the country, and underdevelopment, among others. In the light of the foregoing, strengthening of existing anti-corruption agencies, effective delivery of good governance and dividends of democracy to the people, effective mechanism for poverty reduction, provision of employment opportunities, infrastructural development and basic human needs, and establishment of special anti-corruption courts, among others, are suggested towards curbing corruption as measure of finding lasting solution to insurgency in Nigeria.