Corruption and the Political Manipulations in the Governance of Nigeria: Implications for Sustainable Development
One of the greatest threats to sustainable development of any nation is corruption. Indeed, this challenge of corruption has remained a major debilitating factor facing Nigeria since the return of the country to civil rule on May 29, 1999. This paper examined corruption as a challenge to sustainable development in Nigeria’s fourth republic. To investigate the menace and escapade of corruption, this study adopted documentary method in the gathering of data while the content analytical technique was used for data analysis. The theoretical frameworks that anchored the study were fragile state theory. The results showed that the evil of corruption has greatly contributed to poor economic growth and development, policy summersault, increased level of insecurity and underdevelopment among others. It argued that governance culture in Nigeria has not actually yielded positive result in the fight against corruption and its immediate to pave way for sustainable development. The study, therefore, recommends among other things; strengthening of the existing anti-corruption agencies, effective delivery of good governance and dividend of democracy to the people, establishment of special anti-corruption courts as measures for finding lasting solution to corruption and governance conundrum in Nigeria.