Corruption: Presidency blames Nigerians for Transparency’s poor ranking

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The Presidency has blamed for the country’s poor ranking on Transparency International’s 2020 Corruption Perception Index in which Nigeria scored 25 of 100 and was named the second most corrupt nation in West Africa and ranked 149 of 180 countries.

The Senior Special Assistant to on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, said this on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily on Monday, barely two days after the Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, discredited Transparency’s report.

Responding to a question, Shehu said the report is a reflection of corruption by and not by the administration.

He said, “’ll tell you that this one by TI is not a judgment on or his administration or its war against corruption, will tell you that this one is a judgment on because if you look at the indices they used at arriving at these conclusions, they used eight indices, six of which showed Nigeria as being or less Nigeria in the same .

“The two that they dwelled on, that caused this backslide, are essentially problems. They’re talking about the political culture of this country, vote-buying, thuggery. Is it that is a thug? We’re not doing thuggery.

“And when they talk about the justice sector, they are talking about perceived corruption in the . These perceptions are essentially not correct. Yes, there are in that sector but so many changes are going on in that sector wouldn’t it have been nice if they acknowledged it so that you encourage those judicial officers that are upright, and then the gets getting better.”

Shehu’s , however, differs from that of Transparency which drew its conclusion from 13 data sources that capture the assessment of and business executives on a number of corrupt behaviours in the sector including bribery, diversion of funds, use of office for gain and in the civil .