Corruption remains a migraine to developmental efforts in Nigeria. No wonder The Guardian focused on it in its editorial of October 26, 2005. Entitled “To fight Corruption”, the editorial came after the arrest of former Governor of Bayelsa State, Diepreye Alamieyeseigha at the London Heathrow Airport for alleged money laundering. In it, The Guardian identified corruption as the major problem confronting the nation, saying other problems are mere manifestations of it.
The editorial noted that corruption thrives because of the obvious weakness of the institutions that are meant to fight the monster, citing the absence of citizens’ access to the declared assets of public officials with the Code of Conduct Bureau as an example.
To fight the menace effectively, The Guardian recommends a broad- based, multi-pronged and multi-level approach that carries the citizens along.
To achieve this, The Guardian says, “Nigerians must be made to believe in it and to participate in it both as a matter of personal principle and because they trust the motives and believe in the actions of their leaders.”
Key personnel of the Guardian are Emeka Izeze, editor- in chief, Debo Adesina, editor and Reuben Abati, chairman, Editorial board.