- Nigeria's poor ranking on the Transparency International corruption list has continued to generate reactions
- The DG of PGF, Salihu Lukman, has alleged that the organisation plans to influence the country's general elections slated for 2023
- Lukman claims that the rating is an attempt at making the fight against corruption a political issue
Following the poor ranking of Nigeria on the Transparency International (TI) corruption list, Dr. Salihu Lukman, the director-general of the Progressive Governors’ Forum (PGF), has accused the organisation of trying to influence the outcome of the next general elections.
Legit.ng recalls that TI in its 2020 corruption index ranked Nigeria as the second most corrupt country in West Africa and 149 out of 180 countries in the world.
However, Lukman, in a statement issued on Tuesday, February 2, described the rating as a poor attempt at making Nigeria's fight against corruption a political issue, Channels TV reports.
Presidency reveals Nigerians responsible for Transparency International’s ranking of Nigeria as 2nd most corrupt
He explained that for a government that prioritises the fight against corruption the report was troubling.
The PGF boss challenged the global anti-corruption watchdog to expose the actual corruption.
Presidency reveals Nigerians responsible for TI’s ranking of Nigeria
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the presidency blamed Nigerians for the poor ranking of the country on the Transparency International corruption list in which Nigeria was declared second most corrupt.
Speaking on Channels TV on Monday, February 1, Garba Shehu, a media aide to President Muhammadu Buhari, said the ranking is not reflective of the current state of the country.
Fayose reacts to TI's corruption index ranking
In a related development, Ayo Fayose took a swipe at the current government, with the former governor of Ekiti state saying the latest corruption report is proof that there is a lack of will to fight graft in Nigeria.
In a series of tweets, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain said it is "illegal and morally unacceptable" for President Muhammadu Buhari to self-style himself as "Mr Integrity" as the latest corruption report lifted the lids on the level of graft in the current government.