Friday, 24 January 2020

Mix-reactions As TI Rates Nigeria High In Graft: Olusegun Ariyo





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The latest rating coming from Transparency International (TI) on Nigeria over graft has continued to give birth to various reactions where some hails decision while others faulted the recent rating that dips Nigeria in graft rating.

In the index, Nigeria slipped on TI’s Corruption Perception Index 2019, scoring 26 per cent.

Nigeria scored 27 out of 100 in TI’s 2018 report but dropped by a point in 2019, making Africa’s most populous country take the 146th position.

The TI’s latest report states that Africa’s most populous country, like most other countries in Sub-Saharan nations has continued to witness a high rate of corruption which had worsened due to vote-buying.

The report shows that despite the corruption war being championed by Buhari in the last four and a half years, Nigeria has failed to score higher than 28 per cent.

Nigeria scored 28 out of 100 in 2016 and 2017 but fell in 2018 to 27 and fell further to 26 in 2019.

In the latest report, Nigeria scored the same as Iran, Honduras, Guatemala, Bangladesh, Mozambique and Angola.
Out of 180 countries surveyed, Nigeria scored better than only 28.

They include Comoros, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Madagascar, Zimbabwe, Eritrea, Nicaragua, Cambodia, Chad, Iraq, Burundi, Congo, Turkmenistan, Haiti, Democratic Republic of Congo, Libya, Guinea-Bissau, North Korea, Venezuela, Equatorial Guinea, Sudan, Afghanistan, Yemen, Syria, South Sudan and Somalia.
The TI survey measures public sector corruption in 180 countries.

The countries with the highest scores were New Zealand and Denmark which both scored 87 out of 100.
Others that were highly placed include Finland (86), Switzerland (85), Singapore (85), Sweden (85), Norway (84), Netherlands (82), Luxembourg (80) and Germany (80).

Meanwhile mix-reaction has continued to trail the report released from transparency international as the People’s Democratic Party, Buhari media organisation (BMO) others reacted.

The People’s Democratic Party in a statement on Thursday by its spokesman, Kola Ologbodiyan, said the rating validated its position that corruption had worsened under Buhari.

The PDP described it as a national embarrassment that under an administration by the same leader who wore the medal as “African Union  Anti-Corruption Champion” and whose government boasted of zero tolerance for corruption, Nigeria ranked the second most corrupt country in West Africa.

He said the PDP had since been challenging the Buhari Presidency and the APC to come clean, account for the over N14tn allegedly stolen by the APC leaders from government coffers in the last four years. Also, the Buhari Media Organisation said the picture painted by TI was opaque and not a reflection of the reality on the ground.

while Buhari Media Organization’s chairman Niyi Akinsiju and Secretary, Cassidy Madueke on their part, said it was uncharitable for Transparency International to conclude that the anti-graft war in Nigeria was not delivering results.

“Here is a group that went to some length to acknowledge that President Mohammadu Buhari has since 2015 introduced what it described as important reforms that have saved billions of naira.”

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