Transparency International (TI) in its 2018 Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) has rated Nigeria as 19th most corrupt country in Africa, 18th most corrupt country in Sub-Saharan Africa, and 33rd most corrupt country in the world.
As TI released the 2018 report, the Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC), the Nigerian chapter of the Transparency International, also highlighted Nigeria’s Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) rankings from 1996 to 2018.
The average score of the CPI from 1996 to 2018 is 20.7, according to TI Nigeria.
Nigeria scored 27 out of 100 points in the 2018 CPI, maintaining the same score as in the 2017 CPI.
The 2018 TI report came amidst allegations by the opposition parties and some Nigerians that the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration’s anti-corruption fight is one sided.
Legit.ng had recently reported that the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the forthcoming 2019 general elections, Atiku Abubakar, accused President Buhari of fighting opposition instead of fighting corruption.
The former vice president made the allegation in a statement by his media aide, Paul Ibe, on Thursday, January 17.
Atiku expressed displeasure that President Buhari has not condemned the action of the Kano state governor, Umar Ganduje, for allegedly taking a bribe from a contractor.
Despite the allegations, Vice president Yemi Osinbajo said the Buhari-led administration will jail more corrupt Nigerians if re-elected.
Osinbajo said this on Sunday, January 27, during his house-to-house campaign in Ifako-Ijaiye local government area of Lagos state.
Speaking to people in Ifako-Ijaiye, Osinbajo said grand corruption, which he said plagued the 16 years administration of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) contributed to the lack of infrastructure for Nigerians.
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