Presidency Blames Nigerians For Transparency’s Poor Corruption Ranking

President Muhammadu Buhari
Presidency Blames Nigerians For Transparency's Poor Corruption Ranking - Vantage News Nigeria
President Muhammadu Buhari

The Presidency has attributed the poor ranking of the country on Transparency International’s 2020 Corruption Index to the bad culture and attitude of “Nigerians.”

VANTAGE NEWS reported that Nigeria scored 25 out of 100 and was named the second most corrupt country in West Africa behind Guinea Bissau and ranked 149 out of 180 countries in the latest corruption list released by Transparency International (TI).

Reacting over the development, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, said Transparency International’s corruption rating of the country is not a judgement on President Muhammadu Buhari.

Speaking on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily programme monitored by VANTAGE NEWS on Monday, Shehu said TI dweled on the political culture of the country.

His statements come a few days after the Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, discredited Transparency’s report.

Shehu said, “I’ll tell you that this one by TI is not a judgment on Buhari or his administration or its war against corruption, I will tell you that this one is a judgment on Nigerians because if you look at the indices they used at arriving at these conclusions, they used eight indices, six of which showed Nigeria as being more or less Nigeria in the same position.

“The two that they dwelled on, that caused this backslide, are essentially Nigerian problems. They’re talking about the political culture of this country, vote-buying, thuggery. Is it Buhari that is a thug? We’re not doing thuggery.

“And when they talk about the justice sector, they are talking about perceived corruption in the judiciary. These perceptions are essentially not correct. Yes, there are issues in that sector but so many changes are going on in that sector wouldn’t it have been nice if they acknowledged it so that you encourage those judicial officers that are upright, and then the system gets getting better.”

VANTAGE NEWS reports that TI’s indices differ from the submissions of Shehu.

According to TI, “The index, which ranks 180 countries and territories by their perceived levels of public sector corruption according to experts and businesspeople, uses a scale of zero to 100, where zero is highly corrupt and 10.”

It ranks countries by their perceived levels of public sector corruption, as determined by expert assessments and opinion surveys. These include a number of corrupt behaviours in the public sector including bribery, diversion of public funds, use of public office for private gain and nepotism in the civil service.

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