| Quote #4
"Of course those of you who know book will not have any difficulty," said the Vice-President on Obi's left. "Otherwise I would have suggested seeing some of the men beforehand."
After asking Obi whether he has a job yet or not, the men of Umuofia describe how widespread corruption is in the system. They claim that without an education, it is impossible to get a job without relying on corrupt tactics.
| Quote #5
Obi's theory that the public service of Nigeria would remain corrupt until the old Africans at the top were replaced by young men from the universities was first formulated in a paper read to the Nigerian Students' Union in London. But unlike most theories formed by students in London, this one survived the first impact of homecoming. In fact, within a month of his return Obi came across two classic examples of his old African. (5.1)
Though Obi's theories on corruption within the Nigerian governmental system are initially confirmed, the novel seems to imply that it won't be long before his beliefs will be challenged.
| Quote #6
"Why do you want a job in the civil service? So that you can take bribes?" he asked.
To ignore the corruption in Nigeria is, for Obi, a function of the colonial system. According to his viewpoint, the colonial system created the corrupt system by rewarding obsequiousness, homage, patronage, and thus, by extension, bribery and deceit.