Most Corrupt Nigerian States 2023: Full List

Have you ever wondered which state in Nigeria is the most corrupt this 2023? Which states takes the most bribes? Well, we shall expose them, give statistical reasons why these corrupt states merited the list.

When the former prime minister of the United Kingdom, James Cameron said Nigeria is “fantastically corrupt”, most people especially our leaders took it lightly. The menace of bribery and corruption has eaten deep into the Nigerian system from its economy to the government, at schools, in market places, offices, homes, sports, business and worst of all religion.

The President of the country during his inauguration promised to take the fight against corruption in Nigeria to a standstill in the country. However, corruption is so endemic that it may take years, decades even, for it to be totally eradicated or even reduced to the minimum.


Most Corrupt Nigerian States by Nigerian National Bureau of Statistics

According to an infographic released by the Statistician General of the Federation/CEO Nigerian National Bureau of Statistics, Dr Yemi Kale, a survey was carried out called “National Corruption Survey 2023”. The infographics exposed the most corrupt states in Nigeria.

The infographic showed that the average number of bribes paid to public officials by the south-west and north-west zones were the highest in the country

The following corrupt Nigerian states were listed:

South-west region

  • Lagos state tops the list as the most corrupt sate in the country.
  • Ogun state
  • Osun state
  • Oyo state
  • Ekiti state
  • Ondo state

North-west region

  • Kaduna state
  • Zamfara state
  • Kano state
  • Katsina state
  • Jigawa state
  • Kebbi state
  • Sokoto state

South-east region

  • Imo state
  • Abia state
  • Ebonyi state

As it stands now, corruption in the Nigerian public sector has not reduced. Just between June 2015 and June 2016 alone, the survey showed that Nigerians gave out about N82 million in bribes in the public sector. The survey also showed that the Federal Civil Service has some of Nigeria’s most corrupt individuals.

The average Nigerian will always look for easy ways to cut corners without following due process. All these amount to corrupt practices, massive looting of public funds, nepotism and other vices that occur in every governmental levels.

The remaining states not listed here are not exonerated from the list but have the menace at minimum level. The corrupt states have placed Nigeria tops as one of the most corrupt nations in the world which of course is a bad omen for our political and economical growth.

Wrapping Up

Corruption is not normal and shouldn’t be seen as a part of life. As Nigerians, we have to change our mindsets and educate the younger generation as well as our peers. There are little things we do that are tantamount to corruption but we see these things as normal and this is the mindset that some of us take to government if the opportunity comes.

We have to build the nation and join in the fight against corruption. If your state is listed here, it means you have a sanctimonious duty as a patriotic citizen to educate those in the state on the need to resist corruption at all levels. While we wait for legislation that will stiffen the punishment for corruption to be made, the onus falls on us to report corrupt practices wherever we encounter them.

With a change in orientation and a renewed sense of patriotism, we will surely defeat corruption, at least, on the personal level. From there, Nigeria’s greatness shall be made manifest!


The Author

Chizoba Ikenwa

Chizoba is a seasoned Information blogger, content developer and the founder of Nigerian Infopedia. He is a tech enthusiast who loves reading, writing and research


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  1. Fight against curruption

  2. Corruption has eaten so deep in the bones and marrow of this country. God help us

  3. Even the anti corruption agencies are corrupt

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