The latest World Corruption Index was released last week. As was expected, the details elicited various reactions. The Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP, got a kick from it as it attempted to used Nigeria’s scores on the Index to hit at the government’s anti-corruption credentials.
Expectedly, Presidential Spokesman, Garba Shehu immediately released a riposte. Saying that the scores from Transparency International, organizers of the global corruption exercise, was simply a perception index. Implying that the data was not real or factual.
Yet the bigger issues arising from the presentation of the corruption scores must be the following:
- Why is the world strongly concerned about corruption when there is no universally accepted standards of what constitute corruption, and what does not?
- Why the interest in anti-corruption when there is no universally agreed definition on the road to a corruption-free world?
- Doesn’t the preoccupation with anti-corruption point to a longing for something we once had; something buried in the collective unconscious?
- Doesn’t the preoccupation about corruption in terms of what is right and wrong acknowledge the reality of real morality?
- Doesn’t the acknowledgment of real morality further recognize the reality of a Real Right (apologies, CS Lewis), regardless of what some people think or say about the Ultimate Right?
- If we push the argument further, doesn’t the recognition of the Ultimate Right demand a legitimate, logical response from us all?