A prominent gender advocate and a member of the African Youth Union, Chioma Agwuegbo has ignited a debate on the critical issues plaguing Nigeria.
Agwuegbo, the convener of the State of Emergency Gender-Based Violence Movement, emphasized that the core problem is not just corruption but the absence of consequences for corrupt and criminal behaviour in the country.
In a tweet shared on her X handle, @ChiomaChuka, Agwuegbo underscored the need for accountability as a fundamental aspect of addressing corruption in the country.
She stated, “I am reminded this morning that the problem with Nigeria is not corruption but the absence of consequences. There are NO consequences for bad behaviour or criminality. None.”
Nigeria has long grappled with the issue of corruption, which has been a significant impediment to its development and prosperity.
However, Agwuegbo’s perspective suggests that tackling corruption requires more than anti-corruption measures; it necessitates a comprehensive overhaul of the accountability framework.
The lack of consequences for corrupt practices has often been cited as a significant challenge in Nigeria’s fight against corruption.
Critics argue that individuals who engage in dishonest acts or criminal behaviour often go unpunished, contributing to a culture of impunity.
Agwuegbo’s viewpoint resonates with a growing segment of the Nigerian population that believes addressing corruption requires a two-pronged approach.
Responding, Oluwagbemiga Samuel wrote:
”This really is the point. When there are known and established consequences, bad behaviour will be reduced drastically.”
Another follower of Agwuegbo wrote:
”The answer to our problem. When there is no reward for good behaviour and punishment for bad behaviour, you will get a country like Nigeria.”
Other responders say there is a need for policymakers and stakeholders to address not only the corrupt practices themselves but also the broader issue of accountability within the nation’s governance and legal systems.