- Nigeria has further slipped down in the perception of corruption in 2019
- Nigerians have reacted to the report, lamenting over its impact on the country's image
- The Nigerian presidency, however, dismissed the report, saying it was not based on facts
- Despite its denial, it is public knowledge that the country continues to struggle with obvious acts of corruption
Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC), a non-governmental organisation, has listed seven reasons why Nigeria keeps sliding back in the global Corruption Perception Index (CPI).
The CPI released globally by Transparency International on Thursday, January 23, revealed that Nigeria has further slipped down in the perception of corruption in 2019.
CISLAC noted that the Buhari administration has introduced some policies to curb corruption but they are not enough.
The organisation noted that despite the reforms by the Buhari government, the image of Nigeria on corruption is so dismal.
The organisation gave its reasons below:
1. Nigeria's rule of law is selective
2. The backlash against media and civil society damages Nigeria’s anti-corruption effort
3. Institutionalised corruption in political parties and political integrity
4. Poor understanding of the definition of corruption and how to tackle it
5. The anti-corruption legal and policy framework is underdeveloped
6. Inability to implement recommendations on anti-corruption
7. Corruption in vital sectors such as oil and gas and defence is endemic
Reacting to the report, a Nigerian, Abdul Azeez wrote on Twitter: “As long as corruption, oppression nepotism, avarice, ethnic chauvinism, religious sentiments, maladministration and disrespect for rule of law continues to thrive in Nigeria and Africa, we can at least just kiss change a goodbye.”
Another Nigerian, Chima Udeh wrote: “God help us. That's why corruption is everywhere in Nigeria. I don't blame those that praise politicians just to feed.”
Activist Deji Adeyanju wrote: “Africa is not poor. Its leaders are stealing all its resources. Nigeria ranked the most corrupt country in West Africa. The current corruption ranking is the worst since the return to democracy. What were they expecting after they looted billions to buy votes & rig the 2019 elections?”
Saleh Faruk wrote: “Mr integrity will say Nigeria was number 1 before he became President so they are winning the anti-corruption war.”
Timawus Mathias wrote: “Nigeria drops 2 points on the Corruption Index says Transparency International. The same index told us we were up, and we celebrated. Now they say we're down and we are down-thumbing them for not being research-based.”
Buhari’s spokesperson, Garba Shehu, however, dismissed the report, alleging that it’s not fact-based but based on secondary sources.
“It is different from the reality that you have on the ground. The report is harsh on the government. It does not take due cognisance of the ground reality.
“In fairness to the TI that presented the report, they said themselves that it is not research-based.
“So it is not fact-based but based on second-rate data – information collected here and there. In effect, anybody could put together this kind of report from press releases issued by opposition political parties.
“The fact on the ground contradicts this report. This administration has done enormously well. We have achieved quite a lot,” Shehu said on Channels Television.
Recently, the Attorney General of the Federation and minister of justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN said Nigeria’s justice sector has recorded tremendous success in speedy implementation of justice in 2019.
He stated this on Thursday, January 2 when he appeared on a programme on Nigeria Television Authority (NTA).
According to him, his ministry’s policies in 2019 have succeeded in deepening Nigeria’s democratic process by pushing for legislation and constitutional amendments.
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