Book title: Anatomy of Corruption in Nige
ria: Issues, Challenges and
Editor: Yusuf O. Ali, S.A.N.
Reviewer: Seyi Shodipo
This book ‘Anatomy of Corruption in Nigeria’ by Yusuf O. Ali, SAN, is a master piece that must be read. I read through from chapter one to the last chapter and could not see a chapter that is not useful to all Nigerians at home and in the Diaspora.
The inspiration behind writing this book is superb as all the contributors wield words together to tackle the menace of corruption, which has eaten deep into the fabric of the nation’s social, political, cultural and religious lives which calls for questions on the moral rectitude of the institutions of governance in Nigeria.
As the editor and author aptly put it in the preface of the book, “Together, we have set out to answer the questions posed by corruption. We have not only dealt with the subject of corruption in full, we also proceeded to proffer suggestions towards finding solution on how to tackle and eradicate the menace”.
Yusuf Ali, SAN, equally described corruption as hydra-headed monster, which has ravaged our country, Nigeria.
The scholastic endeavour can change the socio-cultural milieu of all Nigerians if all the remedies provided by these contributors can be put into practice.
In fact, I am the better for it, when I browse through the book extensively during my study hour. In the first chapter of the book, Yusuf Ali delves into definition of corruption and its various species like breach of trust, nepotism, influence peddling and so on; and equally states the causes and the historical background of corruption in Nigeria and the way forward on this endemic disease.
In the concluding part of chapter one, I quite agree with the author that the truth seems to remain that however comprehensive law enforcement agencies may be, whatever fear factor law agencies may deploy as weapon in the anticorruption warfare, the principal weapon against corruption is people with high personal moral standard and a disdain for crass materialism.
Chapter 4 deals with the role of the youth in combating the monster called corruption.
This, the author says, the parents and guardians must be role models in all they do. Chapter 5 of the book deals with the fight against corruption which he looked at from the perspective of sharia law as a model to suppress corruption in Nigeria.
Chapter 6 is a comprehensive examination of the issue of corruption vis-avis the role of the Bar and how it can be combated using the law to forestall sanity in the country, Nigeria.
The two preceding chapters are what the various political parties in Nigeria have done in the fight against corruption in Nigeria by setting up various anti-graft agencies and whether these agencies are independent or not. Chapters 9 and 11 deal with the challenges of sectional fight against corruption in Nigeria and legislative advocacy to combat corruption, respectively.
The final part of the book is a critical thrust on how corruption can be seriously dealt with in Nigeria.
This, the writer says, “Concerned patriots must search for ways of taming corruption before it brings the nation to a calamitous disintegration”. The book, ‘Anatomy of Corruption in Nigeria’ is a critical view of the author on corruption, an issue that must be tackled headlong if we are as a nation.
The book does not only discuss the problems, it also to proffer some solutions and recommendations, which if some are strictly adhered to, will make Nigeria better than we have met it. In conclusion, this scholastic endeavor, ‘Anatomy of Corruption in Nigeria’, by Yusuf Ali, must not be judged by its cover as its thematic concern is a serious discourse that must not be toyed with looking at the state of things in this nation.
Yusuf Ali is seen here taking a cursory look at his environment and thought that one of the ways to checkmate corruption in Nigeria is by putting pen to paper and discuss the issue and proffer some reasonable recommendations to all and sundry. Yusuf O. Ali, SAN is a consummate legal practitioner and teacher of the law practice with experience spanning more than three decades.
He attended the University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University) for his first degree and graduated with a second class upper division in 1982. He also made a second class in the class of 1983 in the Nigeria law school. He went back to the institution for his master of law degree in 1991.