- The EFCC's acting chairman, Ibrahim Magu, has rejected the ranking by Transparency International on Nigeria's corruption index
- He said the ranking was politically motivated
- According to Magu, the situation in Nigeria has not been the same when compared to the past years
The acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, has said he disagrees with the Transparency International's ranking of Nigeria in its recent corruption Perception Index.
Magu said although he is undeterred in his fight against corruption in Nigeria, he was worried that the ranking was politically motivated.
Speaking to journalists at the EFCC's headquarters, Magu said, the situation in Nigeria has not been the same when compared to the past years.
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He said the commission is however, doing everything possible to improve on Nigeria's rating by next year.
Magu said: "We will continue to fight corruption, it (ranking)) doesn’t matter. There’s a lot of politics in this indices, I don’t believe it, I don’t believe it’s right.
"You are in this country, would you honestly say the situation is the same 12 years back? So I don’t believe in this Transparency index, but we are doing everything possible to improve on our rating next year."
But in his reaction, the executive director of the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP), Adetokunbo Mumuni, said the government should intensify its fight against corruption rather than blame the institution.
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Mumuni told Premium Times that: “Let us say as Nigerians that the ranking by Transparency International is indicative of the way we are in the fight against corruption.
"But I will advise Magu and President Buhari to take the opinion and findings of Transparency International seriously so that where they say we are not doing well we move in that direction and do well. We must be seen to be doing the work effectively on our own."
Legit.ng earlier reported that the federal government had rejected the rating of high corruption level in Nigeria by TI.
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The senior special assistant to the vice president on media and publicity, Laolu Akande, said that under the Buhari administration, there have been clear procedures and accountability in the monitoring of public funds in country's ministries, departments and agencies.
Akande also said that implementation of the Treasury Single Account (TSA), by the present administration has also aided the country to save billions of naira.
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