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Religion, culture and political corruption in Nigeria

Dhikru A. Yagboyaju
Africa’s Public Service Delivery & Performance Review | Vol 5, No 1 | a151 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/apsdpr.v5i1.151 | © 2017 Dhikru A. Yagboyaju | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 18 January 2017 | Published: 23 October 2017

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Dhikru A. Yagboyaju, Department of Political Science, University of Ibadan, Nigeria

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For so long, development theories and practices have either deliberately neglected or simply overlooked the possible interconnections between religion, culture and the attainment of development goals. Against this background, this article reviews the literature on corruption, as a major factor of underdevelopment in Nigeria, particularly as it relates to religion and culture in the country. In its analysis, this article argues that corruption in Nigeria, especially in view of the country’s multi-ethnic and multi-religious status, must be conceived as a phenomenon transcending legal, political and economic boundaries. The study adopts an interpretative and descriptive methodology for its analysis.


Religion; Culture; Corruption; Poverty; Underdevelopment


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