Democratization and Corruption in Religious Environment: The Nigerian Experience
The late 20th century till date has greatly witnessed paradigm shift in democratization crusade around African continents where Nigeria belongs. This becomes significant and crucial in order to perpetually keep the military cabals in the barrack. Thus, stable democracy becomes the only solution to the perennial problems of corruption, insecurity, religious violence and political angst in Nigeria. This paper adopts historio-political and ethico-religious methods leading to the fact that religious and corrupt-free society can be the only hallmark of sustaining democratization process in Nigeria. As a matter of fact, this paper seeks to postulate that democracy should be allowed to grow and build domestic consensus, reassert and readdress corporate participation and as well assume new roles indispensable for keeping and extending the life span of democracy and to immune it against military regime since Nigerians are religious in all things. To this end, democratization as an institution is aimed at furthering political conscientization processes propelled by political regimes and continuously assume new roles in keeping with the exigencies of times and the political developments around them. This would make democratization the only game in town.
Keywords: Corruption, Democratization, Democracy, Religious Society, Nigeria