Corruption is cancer that hinders the development of any country. In countries where corruption thrives, resources are not distributed equitably, they lack accountability, and their leaders are usually comfortable with the status quo, so they pay lip service to any meaningful transformation.
Corruption is usually at the root of a faulty electioneering process; it creates a flawed political system which is bedevilled with all kinds of malpractices that are anathema to the emergence of good leadership and therefore good governance. In Nigeria, corrupt electoral practices are a terrible hindrance to free and fair elections.
We now have open vote-buying, open inducement of voters has so far not led to the disqualification, arrest or prosecution of any candidate.
Politicians in Nigeria are exploitative, they feast fat on our national treasury, our commonwealth. They manipulate the process of consolidating themselves in power using the political process.
All of these are possible because the vast majority of eligible adult Nigerians do not vote.
A less corrupt society pursues common goods for all the society while a highly corrupt society is committed to evil and bad governance. (Alfred, 2012)
Do we expect good leaders to emerge from a corrupt electioneering process?
Should we then stay back and not participate in the political process?