Corruption in Nigeria: Bribery

bribery in Nigeria

bribery in Nigeria

Whether it’s about school fees, favouritism or request for service, bribery is the norm in Nigeria. Chances are you’ve paid it if…you’ve ever been pulled over while driving in Nigeria, you own a business, have been to court, and worst of all, if you have ever landed at any airport in Nigeria.

Bribery happens all over the world. But in Nigeria, it’s a special case. People have made a business out of it and workers, especially government employees, engage in it as if it were part of their required daily job tasks.

It’s not surprising to Nigerians that the government is in the centre of this national heartache. It seems everywhere you look, there is some sort of bribery going on. Private businesses bribe government officials – and vice versa. Airport immigration and customs officers as well as magistrates, judges and others in the judiciary collect bribes from common citizens. It’s sickening that “judges have collection agents through which you can send your bribe if you want a case to favour you, especially land cases”.

This type of corruption isn’t an isolated issue, it affects the very wellbeing of Nigeria as a society. It’s a disease that affects our education system, political realm, healthcare, personal lives, our social, economic wellbeing… the list goes on. How can there be a better Nigeria when corruptions like this keeps Nigeria locked down from any real development?

Bribery is such a major issue in Nigeria that I wasn’t surprised when I came across a whole website dedicated to the issue. At, you can share your bribery story as well as read stories by others who have paid bribes or those who actually got away with refusing to pay.

Individually, Nigerians must refuse bribery and not be tempted by whatever the amount of the offer might be. Collectively, the government must enforce better laws to eradicate bribery.

Story story? Story! Once upon a time? Time time! One day….

 “A Dutch businessman refused to pay a bribe, and the customs officials simply sighed and looked through his luggage to find something on which to levy a fictional tax. The inspector found a CD player in the Dutchman’s bag and demanded $50 for an import license. The Dutchman took the CD player, said “Fifty dollars?” and smashed the device to pieces on the airport floor. The official, duly impressed at the man’s resolve, let him through without a bribe.”

~ by omonaij on March 12, 2012.

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