Nigeria slumps in World Corruption index, slips two places

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Nigeria has slipped down by two places in the 2019 Corruption Perceptions Index released on Thursday, by Transparency International.

The nation ranked 146 out of 180 countries compared to 144 in 2018 ranking.

Presenting the report in Abuja, the Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre revealed that Nigeria fell back by one point scoring 26 out of 100 points in the 2019 CPI.

CISLAC Executive Director, Mr Auwal Rafsanjani attributed the nation’s poor ranking to selective application of the rule of law, noting that the rich did not play by the rules.

The activist noted that despite the various reforms and the much touted anti-corruption campaign of the government, graft was still a big issue and challenge in the country.

He said, “All useful reforms in Nigeria are limited to those who cannot afford to ignore them. The pre-election period witnessed mind-blowing scandals which stayed without consequences.

“Politicians stashing millions of dollars in kickbacks or having corruption charges upon them just need to switch political parties or stay loyal and charges are dropped against them.

“Despite the evidence brought by brave media and civil society, prominent persons in politics and business are untouchable by the Nigerian law enforcement and the executive.”

Rafsanjani further said in 2018, civil society groups collaborated to put pressure on the government while investigative stories by journalists had also opened the lid on corruption.

“But the period witnessed increased attacks on civil society and media. A perfect expression of corruption fighting back and government not doing enough to appropriate the partnership opportunities provided by the renewed civic involvement in anti-corruption,” he noted.


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