Since, the word “stealing”, evolved into the word “corruption”, Nigerians are having some difficulties understanding the denials and defense of those who may be culpable of wrongdoings in the past. A ‘thief’ has a name in all our local/native tongues.
What should/do we call a corrupt person in our native tongue? Smart?
Until we find an ugly and repulsive name for a corrupt person, the term, “corruption” will never strike us as bad and hard as it should.
We will continue to wave it off or forgive it as we’ve often done in the past and the social/moral cancer will continue to metastasize.
Stage 1: denial;
stage 2: defend;
stage 3: ignorance;
stage 4: extended comatose ;
stage 5: death.
Stages 1 and 3 can conveniently change positions depending on whether the principal player(s) is enlightened, educated, privileged or not.
For the records, according to Dictionary.com, corruption means :
– the act of corrupting or state of being corrupt.
– moral perversion; depravity.
– perversion of integrity.
– corrupt or dishonest proceedings.
– debasement or alteration, as of language or a text.
– a debased form of a word.
– putrefactive decay; rottenness.
– any corrupting influence or agency.
All these have happened and we all watched.
Corruption is therefore a syndrome and any attempt to isolate or compartmentalize it, will be an over-simplification of a very complex issue.
We are at that stage now and it is sad.
Do we have a window of opportunity? Maybe.