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How Can Citizens Find Out If Their Elected Leaders Are Stealing Money?

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Host Naimah Latif

Host Naimah Latif


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Corruption in the government is not unique to any particular country in the world. It is a reflection of the individual ethics and morals of the person who has been entrusted with public office. Many politicians promise to do great things, but are overcome by their own personal weakness of greed.  Sometimes an elected official may have a personal habit that causes them to steal money, such as a drug habit, a gambling habit, or an illicit affair outside of their marriage. It happens to the best of them. But how can citizens recognize the signs that their elected official has become corrupt and is doing dishonest things? What happens when the honest people in government are afraid to "snitch" on those that they know are stealing money - or at best, "misappropriating funds"? Many around the world are saying that the Nigerian government is so corrupt, the members are not able to fight a serious terrorist threat that has resulted in the kidnapping of Nigerian schoolgirls by the extremist group Boko Haram. But Nigeria is not alone. How can citizens in a Democracy really know if a politician has the ethics and morals to remain honest?  How can corrupt people be removed from office permanently, yet peacefully? International businessman Pianki Nefakara discusses historical, cultual and political conditions on the continent of Africa that affect countries like Nigeria. Does the unequal distribution of wealth create dishonesty among those elected to public office? How can ordinary citizens change the behavior of their elected officials?