Collective action on corruption in Nigeria

The role of religion
Chatham House briefing Published 26 March 2021 Updated 9 December 2021 ISBN: 978 1 78413 438 9
Muslim girl walks past Christian preacher in Nigeria.

Raj Navanit Patel

Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Philosophy, Politics and Economics, University of Pennsylvania

This paper analyses the results of a survey carried out as part of the ongoing Chatham House Africa Programme’s Social Norms and Accountable Governance (SNAG) project. The survey focused on the drivers of corruption and the role of religion in anti-corruption efforts in Nigeria. 

Understanding both how corruption functions as a collective practice and the social markers that determine what actions are acceptable or disapproved of by citizens is crucial to tackling the issue.

This research underscores the critical role played by social beliefs and expectations in sustaining corruption and highlights the challenges that come with relying on religious norms and language in anti-corruption efforts.