Perceptions of Corruption in Nigeria as a Barrier to Future Development

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Lincoln J. Fry


There is a global consensus that confronting corruption and building good governance are the keys to developing people, markets, and protecting the environment. Nigeria has consistently been rated as one of the most corrupt countries; Transparency International [1] recently rated it the 15th most corrupt country in the world. Corruption ratings are usually based on perceptions of corruption, in this paper were generated by the 2,400 Nigerian respondents included in Round 6 of the Afrobarometer survey. The sample included more rural respondents than urban, and the rural-urban dimension was the primary predictor of management of the economy as a national priority. The other four significant factors were 3 infrastructure items, availability of the electric grid, sewer and water, and employment status. The study’s primary research question asked in this study was the effect of corruption on development. The answer provided here is perception of corruption had no effect on the way this study measured development. The study suggested that ordinary Nigerians do not connect corruption with development because they have no trust in government officials and think they are all corrupt. The implication is that those officials will not do anything about development. This raises the question about Nigeria’s status as a failed state. If it is not a failed state.

Perception of corruption, development, management of the economy, trust in government.

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Fry, L. J. (2018). Perceptions of Corruption in Nigeria as a Barrier to Future Development. Asian Journal of Sociological Research, 1(1), 10-20. Retrieved from
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