ETHICS, MORAL VALUES AND GOVERNANCE
A REFLECTION ON CORRUPTION IN NIGERIA
Keywords:Moral Values, Ethics, Governance, Corruption
Nigeria in most recent time has received barrage of criticism, scandalized and indeed bastardized by several personalities and members of the international community for gross misplacement of various ethical and moral values. The root of all these appears to be lack of value orientation and good moral judgment which seem to be inherent. Nigeria believed to be the largest gathering of black people, is by far the most bountifully endowed nation in the African continent. Yet this God endowed attributes are more often than not abused. Worthy of mentioning is the endemic corruption ravaging the whole arms (organs), tiers of government, institutions, individuals and cabals. This paper attempts to look into the Nigeria system of government and how corruption has eaten deep into the system and moral values thrown to the wind. The work concludes that for Nigeria to have a good standing among the comity of nations, morality should be the guiding principle, since any society that its government and people is corrupt, cannot be democratically responsive to its citizenry. It further, opines that, if government institutions are properly structured and strengthened they will help to fight and abate corruption in the system.