Seven years after President Muhammadu Buhari promised to swiftly defeat corruption, Nigerians who are now worse off than they were in 2015 doubt that the president's anti-graft war will ever succeed. A large number of the country's electorate supported his presidential bid at the ballot box, hoping for a turning point in the fight against endemic corruption. Even the media trumpeted his integrity in the run-up to the elections.
Sheriffdeen Tella, professor of economics at Nigeria's Olabisi Onabanjo University told DW that "In fact, the level of corruption has increased so much that people have lost hope in his ability to do this," adding, "And corruption has actually fought back. It has not only affected the education sector, it also affected the health sector and all other sectors of the economy."
Corruption is certainly not a new phenomenon in Nigeria. Rather, it has long been an intrinsic element of Nigerian society affecting virtually all spheres of the West African country. In 2021, Nigeria ranked 154th out of 180 countries listed in Transparency International's Corruption Index.