Can Corruption Be Eliminated?

Can corruption ever be eliminated?
BBC AfricaHYS team | 13:06 UK time, Thursday, 3 February 2011

Farida Waziri, Chairman of Nigeria’s Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is quoted as saying “there is no way you can eradicate corruption in this country,” though she stressed “we will do everything humanly possible to fight the scourge.”

Is she right? Can corruption be eliminated completely or will there always be an element of corruption in any society? Indeed in our daily lives – whether we are prepared to pay a “bribe” or help a relative get a job – do we contribute to its continued existence?

Or is adopting and enforcing a policy of zero tolerance from top to bottom the only way to prevent corruption?