- The presidency is unhappy about Transparency International (TI)'s report on corruption in Nigeria
- Garba Shehu, a spokesperson for the presidency discloses why the report is questionable
- The presidency reveals why it believes the TI's report is overly bias
The presidency has rejected a report by Transparency International (TI) which placed Nigeria 149th on the corruption perception index.
Garba Shehu, a spokesperson for the presidency in a statement via Facebook on Thursday, January 28, described the report as inaccurate.
He argued that the Buhari administration has recorded achievements in the fight against corruption in the public service.
Shehu questioned the sources of data Transparency International (TI) used in arriving at the latest report on the corruption perceptions index in Nigeria.
The presidential aide accused the non-governmental organisation of being biased to the Buhari administration in the past.
‘’We have repeatedly challenged TI to provide indices and statistics of its own to justify its sensational and baseless rating on Nigeria and the fight against corruption. We expect them to come clean and desist from further rehashing of old tales.’’
Shehu stated that verifiable facts and data available contradict the report of Transparency International.
He urged Nigerians to stand by the stand with an administration that has done so much on asset recovery, prosecution, legislation, political will and leadership by example in the fight against corruption.
Meanwhile, the PDP has reacted to the 2020 corruption index report by Transparency International (TI) which placed Nigeria 149th on the corruption perception index.
The party in a statement via Facebook on Thursday, January 28, by its spokesperson, Kola Ologbondiyan, said the report is evidence that corruption has worsened under the Buhari administration.
The PDP alleged that there was massive stealing of funds in the several government agencies including the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), the Federal Inland Revenue Services (FIRS), and the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA).
It lamented that Nigeria’s decline on the corruption index from 136th in 2016 to 144th in 2018, 146th in 2019, and now 149th in 2020.