Under the president Muhammadu Buhari administration, corruption has become a normal business in Nigeria as the country ranked 149th out of the 180 countries polled by Transparency International.
This was contained in the report released on January 28, 2019, by the global watchdog titled ‘Corruption Perceptions Index 2020’ by Transparency International.
The report showed that Nigeria scored 25 marks out of 100 and ranked 149 out of 180 countries.
Score change since 2012 showed a deficit of -2.
It could be recalled that Nigeria ranked 142nd in 2014 prior to the President Muhammadu Buhari’s administered which came on the mantra of fight against corruption.
The then presidential aspirant, Muhammadu Buhari, severely chastised the President Goodluck Jonathan government who he accused of running a corrupt government.
However, since its inception, the Buhari Government has continued to slide deeper and deeper into the quagmire of corruption.
It slid from 142nd to 148th two years ago and now to 149th.
In a statement issued by Transparency regarding the ranking, it said: “We’ve ranked 180 countries.
“We released our Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) 2020, and the results make one thing clear – corruption kills people.
“COVID-19 is not just a health and economic crisis, but also a corruption crisis.
“Our research shows that countries where corruption is more pervasive are less able to provide health care for their citizens and are the least equipped to handle crises.
“Countries with high levels of corruption also relied less on democratic responses to the COVID-19 crisis, leading to democratic backsliding in many regions of the world.
“More than a year into the crisis, with vaccines already available in many parts of the world, there’s a looming question of whether corruption will continue to undermine vaccine distribution too.
“The index also reveals that most countries have made little to no progress in tackling corruption in almost a decade and more than two-thirds of countries scored below 50 out of 100.
“But even top-scoring countries have corruption challenges at home and are responsible for enabling or fuelling corruption abroad.
“Progress against corruption and a fair and equitable recovery from COVID-19 are possible if important decisions are made in the interests of the public, not the powerful.
“The only question that remains is how will we respond? ”
Speaking on the results of the Corruption Perceptions Index 2020, Transparency International noted:
“We analysed 180 countries to see how they scored in the fight against corruption.
“Despite some progress, most countries are failing to tackle corruption effectively.”
It stressed that the 2020 Corruption Perceptions Index painted a grim picture of the state of corruption worldwide.
It added: “Not only is corruption undermining the response to the global crisis of COVID-19, it is also contributing to a crisis of democracy.”
The CPI 2020 highlighted the enormous risks healthcare workers take every day while being at the forefront of the fight against the pandemic.
A doctor on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic in Venezuela is one of the 1,800 people who reported corruption related to COVID-19 to the Advocacy and Legal Advice Centres (ALACs) around the globe.
While countries at the top of the CPI 2020 may have ‘cleaner’ public sectors, they also have their share of corruption challenges.
See full list of Index 2020 results table.
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