AbstractsBiology & Animal Science

Combating Corruption at the Grass-Roots Level: The Case of Individual Oath Takers

by Emmanuel F. Oluyitan

Institution: Antioch University
Department: Leadership and Change
Degree: PhD
Year: 2015
Keywords: African Studies; Political Science; Ethics; Nigeria; corruption; life story; anti-corruption; anticorruption; Africa; leadership; voluntary public oaths; non-governmental organizations; NGO; biographical method; ethics; ANAC; Association of Nigerians Against Corruption; civil action
Record ID: 2058777
Full text PDF: http://rave.ohiolink.edu/etdc/view?acc_num=antioch1429101146


Nigeria ranks as one of the most corrupt nations in the world. Its abundant natural resources are being exploited by some privileged few while the majority suffers abject poverty. In spite of a series of laws and reforms directed at waging war against corruption and campaigns against corruption by both government and non-government organizations (NG0s), corruption still reigns in Nigeria and has become part of Nigerian culture. The Association of Nigerians Against Corruption (ANAC), which I founded in 1984, is one such NGO campaigning against corruption through a series of seminars. ANAC focuses on appealing to the minds of individuals and capitalizing on the participants’ faith by requiring that they take voluntary public oaths against corruption. This study is about oath takers at the ANAC seminars. Using the life story approach, selected participants reveal why they took oaths against corruption and how it has impacted their lives. The findings will be useful in future seminars to be conducted in Nigeria and other countries where Nigerians are living. It will also help in developing a guideline for the several anti-corruption programs in Nigeria and other African countries. The electronic version of this dissertation is at OhioLink ETD Center, http://etd.ohiolink.edu and AURA http://aura.antioch.edu/