Nigeria drops 5 places to rank 154 on Corruption Perception Index

The 2021 Corruption Perception Index, (CPI), published by Transparency International, (TI), has revealed that Nigeria dropped five places.

In the index released yesterday, which was made known by the Executive Director, CISLAC, Auwal Ibrahim Rafsanjani, during a press conference in Abuja, TI and Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre, (CISLAC), indicated that Nigeria ranked 154 out of 180 countries.

According to Rafsanjani, the index revealed that Nigeria scored 24 out of 100 points in the 2021 CPI, taking the nation five steps down from the 149th position it scored in 2019.

The new ranking is reportedly the worst rating on TI’s Corruption Perception Index (CPI)
under the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.

In 2015, Nigeria was ranked 136th; 136th in 2016; 148th in 2017; 144th in 2018; 146th in 2019, and 149th in 2020.

CISLAC, which is the national chapter of TI, said the CPI aggregates data from eight different sources that provide perceptions by experts and business people on the level of corruption in the public sector.

The seven parameters used for the ranking, termed weaknesses as highlighted in the report, include: Damning audit report; Security sector corruption; Failure to investigate high profile corruption cases and prevent illicit financial flows (iffs); Absence of asset recovery, protection of whistle-blowers and other key anti-corruption legal frameworks; Judicial challenges; Corruption in the Covid-19 response and Twitter ban, shrinking civic space and intimidation of human rights defenders.

It was also noted that the index does not show specific incidents of corruption in the country but the perception of corruption.

According to the CISLAC boss, the data used for the CPI was not collected by CISLAC/TI-Nigeria or any of their partners, the data collection was done by independent and reputable organisations with sound methodologies.

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