EXPOSE THE CORRUPTER
The news that IMF is making 'good governance' a condition for continued financial support is cheering (African Business, November 1997). Together with Transparency International, IMF will go a long way in fighting the monster which has ruined the lives of millions of our people in Africa.
To balance the equation, these 'policemen' should also help us search the exporters of the malady. Corruption is not made in Africa. It came with foreign trade and investment. While preparing the list of the most corrupt countries in the world (a shameful league table which my country sadly tops), Transparency International and IMF should also make a list of the most corrupting companies in the world, and their countries of origin.
My English teacher, bless his soul, taught us the evils of bribery and corruption and told us the blame is as much a sin for the bribe-taker as it is for the giver. This has been demonstrated by the British press: when Nigerians take bribes, they are accused of corruption. When British Embassy officers in Lagos take bribes before issuing visas, Nigerians are accused of corrupting!
To win the war against corruption we must fight the bribe taker, the willing giver, and the foreign banks which hide the loot and make themselves accessories of crime.
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YOUNG BLACK ACEDEMICS
We are a group of young black academics who...