LEGISLATIVE CORRUPTION AND DEMOCRATIC SUSTENANCE IN NIGERIA

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2007

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School of Management and Social Science, Babcock University Press Ltd.

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The issue of corruption no doubt occupies a front burner on issues of governance across the world. The universality of its affliction and the extent to which it punctures social, political and economic development demands that national and international initiatives be harnessed toward its eradication. At the national level, it requires appropriate law making bodies, such as the legislature, to put in place legislations that guarantee a corruption free society. This necessarily must be accompanied by the political will to ensure success. However, there may be a paradox in situations where the lawmaking bodies are caught up in the trap of corruption allegations. This is the Nigerian malady where the legislature has had cause to battle with one or the other allegations of corruption against it or its principal officers. Through analysis of some of this allegations vis-a-vis the role of the legislature in a democracy, this paper attempts to demonstrate how legislative corruption impacts on good governance and democratic sustenance in Nigeria. For now, it is held that legislative corruption is a major issue in executive-legislative wrangling and declining confidence of citizens in the legislative process among other consequences.

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Corruption, Governance, Legislations, Law making

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