Journal of
Philosophy and Culture

OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF THE DEPARTMENT OF CLASSICS AND PHILOSOPHY, UNIVERSITY OF CAPE COAST
  • Abbreviation: J. Philos. Cult.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 0855-6660
  • DOI: 10.5897/JPC
  • Start Year: 2004
  • Published Articles: 51

Review

Traditional oath-taking as a panacea to ‘democratic corruption’ in Nigeria

Sunday Layi Oladipupo
  • Sunday Layi Oladipupo
  • Department of Philosophy, Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, Ondo State, Nigeria.
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  •  Received: 16 February 2021
  •  Accepted: 26 May 2021
  •  Published: 30 September 2021

Abstract

No society can survive outside its culture and tradition. The preponderance reality of this claim reveals the need and essence of cultural values and traditions in advancing the course of a nation. Therefore, this paper interrogates the possibility of approving traditional oath-taking with particular reference to Yoruba as a panacea to ‘democratic corruption’ in the Nigeria political space. This necessitates a conceptual narrative of ‘democratic corruption’ within the purview of democratic principles vis-à-vis its operation in Nigeria. The paper adopts the analytical and critical methods of philosophical investigation to advocate the adoption of traditional oath-taking in curbing ‘democratic corruption’ in Nigeria. It hopes that when this is done, ‘democratic corruption’ would be reduced drastically while on the other hand, it will help in stabilizing the political stance of the nation.
 
Key words: Oath-taking, ‘democratic corruption’, Yoruba, Nigeria, democratic governance.