- ICPC has faulted Transparency International's ranking of Nigeria
- According to the Nigerian anti-corruption agency, TI's ranking is unfair and untenable
- It accused Transparency International of failing to recognise the efforts of the government
The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) faulted Transparency International (TI) over the recent ranking of Nigeria .
TI has ranked Nigeria as one of the most corrupt countries in Africa.
ICPC said the ranking is unfair and untenable and went further to accuse Transparency International of failing to recognise the efforts of the government to tame corruption.
Recall that Legit.ng had reported that Nigeria was ranked as the fourth most corrupt country in West Africa.
This was contained in the 2019 corruption perception index published by Transparency International.
Also recall that Legit.ng reported that the presidency reacted to watchdog’s latest corruption index report, saying it is not factual.
Speaking during a programme on Channels TV, Garba Shehu, who is the presidential spokesperson, argued that the report is only a perception and not based on facts.
Shehu stated that TI already said it themselves that the report is not research-based.
"The report is based on "second-rate data – information collected here and there," the presidential spokesman said.
“The report itself is a perception index. So perception is what it is. It is different from the reality that you have on the ground," he added.
Shehu noted that the report does not take due cognisance of the reality on the ground, as he added that it is harsh on the government.
According to the aide, anybody could put together such report from press releases issued by opposition political parties.
He added that the reality on the ground is different from the report as the current administration led by President Buhari has done an excellent job in the fight against corruption and a lot has been achieved.
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