Corruption in Nigeria: Theoretical Explanation

Olusola O Karimu


The purpose of the current study is to explain corruption from social learning and social disorganization perspectives. The study utilized survey design, participants were selected through convenience sampling and two thousand and fifty six respondents participated in the study. Descriptive statistics such as mean, median, frequency tables and percentages were adopted to analyze the data collected from the field. Both male and female participants, irrespective of their religion perceived that changes in cultural values have increased corruption in Nigeria. Majority of the participants noted that corruption as a behaviour is learned. The findings indicate that social learning and social disorganization theories are relevant in explaining incidents of corrupt practices in Nigeria.

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