- The presidency has lashed out on TI over its corruption perception index of Nigeria
- Garba Shehu, a presidential media aide, has said that the data of the international organisation cannot be trusted
- Shehu also alleged that members of the body in Nigeria are naturally opposed to the President Buhari-led government
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The report about Nigeria's level of corruption and her effort in the antigraft war by Transparency International (TI) has been vehemently rejected.
The presidency has described the corruption perception index report as mere rehashed tales that aim to reveal nothing new except to portray the federal government under President Muhammadu Buhari in a bad light, The Cable reports.
This was the position of a presidential media aide, Garba Shehu, who on Thursday, January 28, accused TI of not coming clean in its findings.
In a statement, Shehu noted that the presidency is "analysing the sources of data used in arriving at the latest Transparency International report on Corruption Perceptions Index in Nigeria since, by their own admission, they don’t gather their own data."
More importantly, the media aide to President Buhari claimed that members of the global body in Nigeria are of the opposition.
“We are also not unaware of the characters behind the TI in Nigeria whose opposition to the Buhari administration is not hidden.”
Shehu, therefore, called on well-meaning Nigerians to stand with the Buhari-led government which has made remarkable and commendable efforts in "asset recovery, prosecution, legislation, political will and leadership by example in the fight against corruption.”
Meanwhile, TI had released its 2020 Corruption Perception Index, with Nigeria ranked 149 out of 180 countries analysed.
According to Transparency International (Nigeria), the country's latest position was three steps lower from the rank of 146 in 2019 which was nothing to write home about.
It also indicated that Nigeria's latest score declined from 26/100 in 2019 to 25 in 2020.