If we are to be sincere with ourselves, we would admit that corruption is near impossible to eradicate in this country.
This is because we don’t want corruption eradicated. We are all benefiting from the system—corrupt as it is, and only denigrate it when it doesn’t favours us.
You’re driving without a licence, and can get away with it only because the system is corrupt.
You are using electricity without paying the appropriate fees, and can get away with it because the system is corrupt.
You can jump a long queue and get attended to quickly because the system is corrupt.
And so on and so forth.
As a matter of fact, we don’t have the moral authority to slam ‘corrupt’ politicians, because the only reason we haven’t done as much or worse is because we aren’t in a position to do so. Talk about being good not out of goodness, but out of lack of opportunity to do bad.
The fact is, corruption is ingrained even in the upcoming generations. Tell a child in junior primary to write down the names of noise-makers. They would certainly target their ‘enemies’ and shield their friends—nepotism didn’t start today.
But then, does that give a justification and leeway for corruption? No!
It calls for integrity. The value of doing what is right, in public and private; standing on a moral and ethical pedestal in actions.
As much as that may not bring about that rapid and significant change, you would be one less corrupt person. And change starts with one person.
It begins with me.