DigitalPR With Celestine Achi: Digital Corruption; Between the Holy Thieves, The Smart Lying Corporates and The Unrepentant Demonic Politicians

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Digital Corruption; Between the Holy Thieves, The Smart Lying Corporates and The Unrepentant Demonic Politicians

Saturday, January 30, 2016


The title “Digital Corruption: Between the Holy Thieves, The Smart Lying Corporates and The Unrepentant Demonic Politicians” evinces a fundamental paradox. Corruption has emerged as a disturbing aspect of the public life evident in the church, systematically embedded in the corporate world and accepted as a norm in governance. 

The hilarious skit on corruption in the church - “God Told Me To Fight Corruption” by the Winlos (so far the only true and authentic vloggers we have currently in Nigeria) gives credence to the words of Marcus Aurelius when he said “Waste no more time arguing about what a good man should be. Be one.

Power, we have heard time and time again does not corrupt men; fools, however, if they get into a position of power, corrupt power.

This digital representation of Corruption comes at a very critical moment in our lives when as a people; we are struggling to get the dividing lines between the role of the Church, the corporate world and the government in fighting against the monster called corruption. 

Tales of corruption within and outside the church institutions abound. In the corporate world, the monster called corruption has become part of corporate governance. In public governance, corruption has become part of the politicians DNA. The paradoxical relationship between the three (The Holy Thieves, The Smart Lying Corporates and The Unrepentant Demonic Politicians) evokes ‘a cause-effect’ relationship. 

Chinua Achebe, the renowned Nigeria writer, once said: “Nigerians are corrupt because the system under which they live today makes corruption easy and profitable.” This observation is largely true of the rest of the sub-Saharan Africa. 

In putting this right, let us remember once again the wise words of Marcus Aurelius -“Waste no more time arguing about what a good man should be. Be one.

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