Dilichukwu Ononugbo fcfip.

Nepotism is the granting of favour to relatives in various fields, including business, politics, entertainment, sports, religion and other activities. The term originated with the assignment of nephews to important positions by Catholic popes and bishops. Trading parliamentary employment for favors is a modern-day example of nepotism.[citation needed] Criticism of nepotism, however, can be found in ancient Indian texts such as the Kural literature.

Main article: Cardinal-nephew
The term comes from the Italian word nepotismo,[1][2] which is based on the Latin word nepos meaning 'nephew'.[3] Since the Middle Ages and until the late 17th century, some Catholic popes and bishops, who had taken vows of chastity, and therefore usually had no legitimate offspring of their own, gave their nephews such positions of preference as were often accorded by fathers to son.[4]

Several popes elevated nephews and other relatives to the cardinalate. Often, such appointments were a means of continuing a papal "dynasty".[5] For instance, Pope Callixtus III, head of the Borgia family, made two of his nephews cardinals; one of them, Rodrigo, later used his position as a cardinal as a stepping stone to the papacy, becoming Pope Alexander VI.[6] Alexander then elevated Alessandro Farnese, his mistress's brother, to cardinal; Farnese would later go on to become Pope Paul III.[7]

Paul III also engaged in nepotism, appointing, for instance, two nephews, aged 14 and 16, as cardinals. The practice was finally limited when Pope Innocent XII issued the bull Romanum decet Pontificem, in 1692.[4] The papal bull prohibited popes in all times from bestowing estates, offices, or revenues on any relative, with the exception that one qualified relative (at most) could be made a cardinal.[8]

According to the ancient Indian philosopher Valluvar, nepotism is both evil and unwise.[9]

The Nigerian Context

My aim for this study was unfortunately deflated but remains relevant to the conflict of interest which has enslaved my dear country. Nation and people of Nigeria.

It will come to many victims of nepotism as a surprise to note that this practice was the brain child of fraudulent persons who exploited the sacred trust of institutions of influence and peoples to entrench their personal ambitions and interests above equity, fairness and justice. Political associations, public service and private establishments and even traditional institutions have fallen into the control of fraudulent and unpatriotic individuals. These crooks are tactically embedded in the structures of public services and leadership which provides easy and effective coverup for their dubious intentions.
We groan today in Nigeria over corruption and abuse of public offices but the sad fact is that this culture have found a nitche in the value and cultural structures of our societies.

To eliminate nepotism, we require generations of patriotic leadership and public servants who will dedicate themselves to selfless and unbiased services to the nation and people of Nigeria.

Great and prosperous nations do not happen by accident rather they are the result of commitment and services to people often at great personal sacrifices of the leaders.

I look forward to when such men and women will take the saddle of stewardship in our Nation, States, Local Governments and Communities. I doubt the ascension of this generation to such enviable position of honor and reduce the show of shame and stigmatization suffered by millions of resourceful and gifted Nigerians.

Dilichukwu Ononugbo fcfip
Forensic Investigator and Public Safety Specialist


Unknown said…
Nice one sir, more of God's Grace
Unknown said…
Nepotism does not exist in Nigeria alone. The so called world powers also experienced it. We all know the problems, some even know the solution, but the major problem is implemention. I think there is an element of truth in Remi Adekoya's write up in Business Day saying that there is so much belief in NIGERIA IS A RICH COUNTRY while in actual fact it was a political slogan used by the old politician to get the support of the masses to drive the colonial masters out of Nigeria. The earlier we stop decieving ourselves the better for us all
Anonymous said…
Well said sir