| Quote #1
"I cannot understand why he [Obi] did it," said the British Council man thoughtfully….
Mr. Green attributes the physical environment as the evolutionary catalyst for corruption in Africa – a blanket generalization, to say the least. He further generalizes and attributes the characteristic to all Africans, regardless of education. See Mr. Green's "Character Analysis" for more on his role in No Longer At Ease.
| Quote #2
"It is all lack of experience," said another man. "He should not have accepted the money himself. What others do is tell you to go and hand it to their houseboy. Obi tried to do what everyone does without finding out how it as done." He told the proverb of the house rat who went swimming with his friend the lizard and died from cold, for while the lizard's scales kept him dry the rat's hairy body remained wet. (1.36)
The men at the Umuofia Progressive Union weren't concerned so much with the fact that Obi accepted bribes. Rather, they take issue with the fact that he accepted bribes without covering up his tracks. Because of such reckless behavior, it is inevitable that he would get caught.
| Quote #3
"But take one of these old men. He probably left school thirty years ago in Standard Six. He has worked steadily to the top through bribery—an ordeal by bribery. To him the bribe is natural. He gave it and he expects it. Our people say that if you pay homage to the man on top, others will pay homage to you when it is your turn to be on top. Well, that is what the old men say."
According to this passage, lies and deceit belong to uneducated men who lack opportunities. Virtue is a by-product of education, and ultimately, it creates an incorruptible soul.