Onyejebu Dominic Chukwuemeka


Political amorality and kidnapping for ransom are inextricably linked. The understanding of these linkages is important, in order to correct policy misconceptions as well as reveal the inherent power(s) in political values that are development driven. With the high rate of kidnapping for ransom and the failure of government institutions to provide the human good to its citizens, strict adherence to the tenets of the various political values could help in addressing this problem. This paper evaluates the intricacies surrounding political amorality and its place in bringing about kidnapping for ransom in Nigeria. Functionalism theory was adopted. Indeed, it has often been reiterated that if Nigerians live by the ethics and doctrines of the political system, several societal problems would be averted and a holistic sustainable development would be a reality. The paper suggested that Nigeria needs a political revolution of some sort in order to help solve the developmental impasse of the country. Also, Nigerians should engage public officer holder. This is because a people that do not engage their leadership would not receive the best of leadership, constantly engaging public office holders and constructively questioning policies and actions would improve the nation.


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