By Daniel Jordan Smith
E-mails presenting an "urgent enterprise relationship" help in making fraud Nigeria's greatest resource of international profit after oil. yet scams also are a valuable a part of Nigeria's household cultural panorama. Corruption is so frequent in Nigeria that its electorate name it easily "the Nigerian factor." prepared or unwilling members in corruption at each flip, Nigerians are deeply ambivalent approximately it--resigning themselves to it, justifying it, or complaining approximately it. they're painfully conscious of the wear and tear corruption does to their nation and spot themselves as their very own worst enemies, yet they've been not able to prevent it. A tradition of Corruption is a profound and sympathetic try and comprehend the dilemmas ordinary Nigerians face on a daily basis as they struggle to get ahead--or simply survive--in a society riddled with corruption.
Drawing on firsthand adventure, Daniel Jordan Smith paints a shiny portrait of Nigerian corruption--of national gasoline shortages in Africa's oil-producing sizeable, web cafés the place the younger release their electronic mail scams, checkpoints the place drivers needs to bribe police, bogus companies that siphon improvement reduction, and homes painted with the fraud-preventive phrases "not for sale." this can be a nation the place "419"--the variety of an antifraud statute--has develop into an inescapable a part of the tradition, and so common as a metaphor for deception that even a betrayed lover can say, "He performed me 419." it truly is most unlikely to realize Nigeria today--from vigilantism and resurgent ethnic nationalism to emerging Pentecostalism and accusations of witchcraft and cannibalism--without knowing the position performed through corruption and well known reactions to it.
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They told him that if he came to Nigeria, they would pay all his expenses once he arrived, and that if after the visit he still was not convinced, no problem. They sweetened the offer by stressing that even if the money transfer proposal did not work out, they might be able to arrange some legitimate contracts between NNPC and the oil executive's Texas-based business. The guy agreed to come to Lagos. The 419 guys told him not to bother to get a visa. As a guest of NNPC, they would handle everything.
The visitor was whisked through immigration and customs without even having his passport checked or his bags opened. " The oil executive had heard plenty of stories about the hassles at Murtala Muhammad Airport and he was impressed by the clout of his NNPC hosts. Outside the airport, he was ushered into an air-conditioned Toyota Land Cruiser with the NNPC logo emblazoned on the doors. " In the morning, he was picked up by the same vehicle and taken to an NNPC office on Victoria Island, the most upscale area in Lagos.
The strike in June was widely observed, and after several days, during which the nation's economy was largely paralyzed, the government was forced to compromise, still raising fuel prices but keeping them well below the deregulated levels that had been proposed. In the period during and after the strike the issue of corruption in Nigeria's oil economy, always a favorite topic, reached peak levels in everyday conversation. Nigerians commonly believe that cheap domestic fuel is a kind of national birthright, perceived as one of the few benefits that an otherwise corrupt and ineffectual government ought to he able to deliver to the masses in Africa's oil-producing giant.
A Culture of Corruption: Everyday Deception and Popular Discontent in Nigeria by Daniel Jordan Smith