Leadership and Corruption in Nigeria Essay

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LEADERSHIP AND CORRUPTION IN NIGERIA
Introduction:
Leadership has always been one of the best factors to consider when determining the goal of a society or a community, it does not matter how big or small a community might be; it has to have a leader if it wants to be developed and harmonized (Ushakov). Leadership has always played a big role in the developing countries, or anywhere in the world. It is very difficult to find a society whether in an urban areas or rural areas functioning without a leader.
Leadership has been defined generally as how a single person takes responsibility of directing a community towards a common goal (Ushakov 2). Of course it has so many types, or styles rather. Different people lead in so many different
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Nigeria is the most populated country in the continent for a fact. It is indeed a great nation with numerous histories all over it. It is well known all over the world for its dramatic leadership that stops it from competing among the elites. “Nigeria is one of the countries in West Africa sub-region, whose development has been undermined by the menace of corrupt practices by her leaders” (Anazodo Rosemary 1).
Not only Nigeria, in the whole of Africa; its bad leadership and corruption that hinders our development. “. . . Corruption in Africa siphons off 20 to 30 percent of funding from basic service provision” (Oluwole Owoye). As a matter of fact, before we gained independence, everything was going just good. Nigeria had no problem of corruption; our currency was one of the strongest as of that time, we were economically diversified and there was peace. Now everything seems just too different, some people even regret why and how it all happened that Nigeria and the whole African nations’ nose-dived into finding themselves to keep up the level at which they were when they got independence. “In the large literature on corruption in Africa, often overlooked is the issue that corruption became endemic and chronic after most nations gained independence” (Oluwole Owoye).
Immediately when Nigeria got independence, we had some decent leaders. We had Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa,

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