The Colossian Code and Nigerian Anti-Corruption Crusade: Implications for the Budget Padding Saga
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This paper explored the ethical motifs entrenched in the Colossian Household Code and opined that this Code provides a model for responsible living in a patriarchal society when reciprocal duties and obligations are adequately rendered. Employing exegetical and analytical methods, the paper demonstrated that the distinctive feature derived from Paul’s ethical motifs embedded in this code is the beauty of unequal fingers working collaboratively for the interest, wellbeing and common good of every member of the community. While applying these ethical motifs to the budget padding saga, this paper observed that instead of working for the wellbeing and common good of Nigerian citizens as enjoined in this code some current leaders and those in privileged positions employ collective deceit and connivance to perpetrate corruption and concomitantly underdevelopment. The paper enjoined those in leadership positions as well as lawmakers to employ the eschatological dimension of the Colossian Code in governance by entrenching the culture of both immediate and future accountability of those who hold privileged positions.
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Ven. Oliver C. Igwe