PUBLIC PERCEPTION OF THE ANTICORRUPTION CRUSADE OF PRESIDENT BUHARI’S ADMINISTRATION 2015-2019: A CASE STUDY OF CALABAR METROPOLIS, CALABAR, CROSS RIVER STATE, NIGERIA

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ABSTRACT

The purpose of this study is to examine the public perception of anti-corruption campaign in Buhari’s administration (2015-2019), using Calabar Metropolis as a case study for this research. The study was anchored on the morality theory postulated by Jean Piaget in 1968 and the self-perception theory, propounded by Darl Bem in 1972. The survey method for data gathering was used, specifically the questionnaire and interview, thus, two hundred (200) questionnaires were administered to the citizens of Calabar Metropolis of Cross River State, but 180 were retrieved of which 170 were correctly completed,  and  analyzed in percentage and tables. Results of the study allowed theresearcher to draw several conclusions. Firstly, it is fact worthy of note that there is a significant increase in corruption in President Buhari administration, especially from the 2015 to 2019 administration, from the analysis gathered from the respondents whose perception had been that to be true. Also, the public perceptions of the anti-corruption crusade of President Buhari administration was rated high as ineffective and unproductive and seen not to be a fair fight. Under these circumstances, a prevention-oriented approach combating corruption by the public is desirable. Secondly, it is significant that the mass media alongside anti-corruption agencies should seek ways to fundamentally align all of their interest and activities together so as to combat corruption in Nigeria. The Findings further revealed that the respondents were of the perception that the anti-corruption campaign of Buhari is not satisfactory, thus, it is recommended that government should be more objective, open minded, transparent and proactive in the anti-corruption campaign as a way of winning the sympathy of the people. 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

TITLE PAGE                      

CERTIFICATION

DEDICATION
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

ABSTRACT

TABLE OF CONTENTS

CHAPTER ONE: INTRODUCTION
1.1 Background to the Study
1.2 Statement of the Problems
1.3 Objectives of the Study
1.4 Research Questions
1.5 Significance of the Study
1.6 Scope of the Study
1.7 Limitations of the Study
1.8 Operational Definitions of Terms
CHAPTER TWO: LITERATURE REVIEW
2.1 The concept of Corruption and Anti-Corruption Crusades in Nigeria
2.2 President Muhammadu Buhari and War Against Corruption
2.3 The Role of the Media in Combating Corruption

2.4 Review of Empirical Studies
2.5 Theoretical Frame-work

2.5.1 The Morality Theory

2.5.2 The Perception Theory

CHAPTER THREE: RESEARCH METHODOLOGY
3.1 Research Design
3.2 Population of Study
3.3Sampling Techniques and Sample Size
3.4 Instruments of Data Collection
3.7 Methods of Data Collection

3.8 Method of Data Analysis

CHAPTER FOUR: DATA PRESENTATION, ANALYSIS AND DISCUSSION OF FINDINGS

4.1 Data Presentation and Analysis
4.2 Discussion of findings

CHAPTER FIVE: SUMMARY, CONCLUSION AND RECOMMENDATIONS

5.1 Summary
5.2 Conclusion
5.3 Recommendations
REFERENCES
APPENDIX

                                                   CHAPTER ONE

INTRODUCTION

  1. Background to the Study

Nigeria as a country is not only popular for its economic and man power potentials but also, for monumental corruption ‘manifestations’ that plagues its government and institutions. The country, in the past decades has been ‘decorated’ with top ten positions among the league of corrupt nations by Transparency International and other international watchdog organizations. With anti-graft in his campaign manifesto, it was an ‘easy’ task for Muhammadu Buhari to succeed the government of Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, which was allegedly famous for corruption ‘manifestations’ and impunity in the 2015 presidential elections. This work appraises Nigeria’s strategy in the fight against corruption under Buhari’s five years in office (2015-2019).

   The work argues that Buhari’s anti-graft strategy in its years is misguided and misconceived. For clear focus and in the course of carrying out this research, shows that of a truth Buhari’s campaign against corruption has been one-sided, involved with craftiness and full of pretense, misguided and misconceived.

Nigerian economic growth is still unstable and fractional because of the false notion in the name of fighting corruption that has eaten deep into every system of the country, this is why the relationship between corruption and the Nigerian economic growth is nothing to write home about. Therefore, it is on this basis, that the researcher drew out formidable suggestions that Private Anti-Corruption Initiatives, Public anti-corruption initiatives and Public education campaign/programmes should be strengthened and motivated to address the cause of corruption rather than its effects.

PUBLIC PERCEPTION OF THE ANTICORRUPTION CRUSADE OF PRESIDENT BUHARI’S ADMINISTRATION 2015-2019: A CASE STUDY OF CALABAR METROPOLIS, CALABAR, CROSS RIVER STATE, NIGERIA

PUBLIC PERCEPTION OF THE ANTICORRUPTION CRUSADE OF PRESIDENT BUHARI’S ADMINISTRATION 2015-2019: A CASE STUDY OF CALABAR METROPOLIS, CALABAR, CROSS RIVER STATE, NIGERIA