The Hermeneutic Narrative of Political Corruption: In and Beyond the Known

International Journal of Integrative Humanism Vol. 10 No. 2, December 2018.
ISSN: 2026 – 6286

Tom Ogar and Ushie, Abel Idagu

This work is an analysis of the problem of political corruption and how a realistic approach can be evolved and applied for the development of the society at large and the Nigerian society. The study tried to identify the concrete means through which the problem of corruption can be substantially reduced if not eliminated. Using the method of critical analysis and hermeneutics, the work concludes that political corruption is a fundamental problem that requires some concrete proactive measures to tackle. It has been found that the various measures put in place by the different tiers of government especially in Nigeria to contain corruption and therefore bringing the menace to its knees has yielded but sketchy results. The paper maintains that the problem can only be adequately tackled when we develop a commitment to addressing and allay the fears of social neglect of the officials of government after service. The study is therefore significant in its right, by going beyond the normal and usual emphasis on “fighting corruption” through legal means. The work pays premium on the reform of the social sector whereby some social safety nets are put in place to address the concerns and welfare of officials of government after their departure from active service. There is no doubt that legal instruments are important in this regard, but proactive measures would appear to be the better approach.

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