According to No Longer At Ease, corruption is an integral part of the Nigerian civil and business system. In order to get a job or a scholarship, bribery seems to be a necessary step. Obi, a young man educated in Great Britain, believes strongly that education is the key to ending corruption. Ultimately, though, he too succumbs to temptation when he discovers that his salary is insufficient to meet all his financial obligations.
Although Obi falls victim to corruption and bribery, it is not because he is inherently corruptible; rather, he is vulnerable because he spent so much time lying to the people he loves.
Even though Obi is correct that education may be a corrective force for corruption, he fails to account for how hubris and self-righteousness can lead to one's downfall.