JILIL Vol 13 Issue 2 2017 - Article 2

Islamic Imperative to Curb Corruption in Nigeria: Interrogating the Role of ‘Ulama’ (Religious Leaders)
Dr. Abdulmajeed Hassan-Bello

There are institutions, laws, conventions and practices that discourage corruption in Nigeria yet, the country is still grandiosely corrupt. However, Islam does not only claim panacea for the corruptions, but has guidelines which will help to tackle the problems. The paper argues that corruption is a serious crime which Islamic law considers to be simultaneously religious and criminal offense. In order to eradicate corruption as an epidemic. The Muslim jurists seek ways to tackle corruption through education, law, and administrative reform. The paper interrogated the role of religious leaders in Islam and finds that they are not a power head, but a protector and guide in all walks of life. Unfortunately, the religious institutions in Nigeria have exacerbated the moral crisis as a result of their failure in helping nurture a society where the tenets and doctrinal principles of religion are adore and demonstrated. The paper therefore recommends that (the religious leaders) should use the opportunity of the crowd gathered before them on Fridays to encourage righteousness, and concludes that for Nigeria to win the war against corruption, the people must fight against personal lack of integrity and themselves be active and honest crusaders against corruption.

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