The thesis is rooted in qualitative interpretivist ideology adopting the inductive and hermeneutic paradigm. It views the subject through the lens of the people being studied as hermeneutic phenomenology focuses on the subjective experience of individuals and groups. Hermeneutic process attempt to show the world as experienced by the subject through his/her life world stories. This school of thought advances that interpretations are all we have and description itself is an interpretive process.
A wide range of primary and secondary sources including books, journals, case laws, treaties, statutes, articles, reports, institutional records, government publications, technical documents archival and internet sources was accessed. A snowball…show more content… Thirteen elite participants were selected for the project. The thirteen selected Nigerians live in Lagos and Abuja, in Nigeria. The elite samples in this context do not represent high economic, social or political standing but rather, special people are chosen because of who they are and the positions they occupy and for particular reasons.
1.7 Structure of the Thesis
This research work is divided into nine chapters. Chapter one introduces the thesis holistically, sets out the research objectives, research questions, methodologies, theoretical framework, research structure and reviews relevant literature related to the work. Chapter two considers the historical antecedents of grand corruption in Nigeria setting out why it has remained systemic and has proved so difficult to combat. Chapter three examines the Nigerian legal instruments on corruption and the nexus between grand corruption and human rights abuses. Emphasis is laid on the two major anti-corruption agencies: the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission in contextualizing the argument of the chapter. Chapter