Traditional Oath-Taking as an Anti-Corruption Strategy in Nigeria
AffiliationUniversity of Chester
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AbstractThe concept of corruption is culture-bound. In the UK, it is unusual and criminal for public officers to accept gifts. However, corruption is seen to be part of the culture of many developing (especially Asian and African) countries. In Nigeria, corruption is seen to be a negative part of the administrative or bureaucratic culture and a way of life. This paper will argue that because of the institutional failures of the Nigerian state in the area of corruption, recourse to the ‘traditional’ oath-taking akin to the variant used in customary arbitration cases amongst many communities (in Nigeria) to corruption cases might be a useful strategy to help fight the scourge of corruption. Furthermore, this chapter suggests that the Nigerian government should extend the jurisdiction of customary courts (via constitutional amendment) to try corruption cases arising from the anti-corruption statutes enacted since the return of democracy in 1999. This will reduce the pressure on the superior courts of records in the country.
CitationEkhator, E. (2019-forthcoming). Traditional Oath-Taking as an Anti-Corruption Strategy in Nigeria. In Akogwu, A. (ed.) Combating the Challenges of Corruption in Nigeria: A Multidisciplinary Conversation.
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