…’Worsened rating under Buhari vindicates us’ ― PDP
The Corruption Perception Index (CPI) 2020 Report published by Transparency International, (TI), shows that Nigeria occupies the 149th position out of the 180 countries surveyed.
With the current ranking, Nigeria is now the second most corrupt country in West Africa, with Guinea-Bissau the only country more corrupt than Nigeria in the sub-region.
Recall that in its 2019 Report, Nigeria was ranked 146th out of the 180 countries surveyed, scoring 26 points out of 100 points. For 2020, it scored 25 out of 100 points.
The CPI is an annual survey report published by Berlin-based Transparency International since 1995, which ranks countries by their perceived levels of public sector corruption, as determined by expert assessments and opinion surveys. It scales zero (0) to 100; zero means “Highly Corrupt,” while 100 stands for “Very Clean”.
Nigeria’s ranking on the corruption perception index has continued to drop in the last four years. With the current ranking, the country is two steps worse-off than it was in 2018, when it scored 27 points, to place 144th out of 180 countries.
Only 12 countries are perceived to be more corrupt than Nigeria in the whole of Africa. The countries are the Democratic Republic of Congo, Libya, Equatorial Guinea, Sudan, Somalia, Zimbabwe, Chad, Eritrea, Burundi, Congo, Guinea Bissau, and South Sudan.
In a swift response, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday observed that the “abysmal” 2020 TI report has further confirmed that the President Muhammadu Buhari-led APC government “is a citadel of corruption and the most corrupt administration in the history of our nation”.
Making this declaration in a statement issued by the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbodiyan, in Abuja, the main opposition party asserted that the TI report, which showed the country dropping 13 places since 2015 – under the watch the president, “is an incontrovertible confirmation that our nation is more corrupt under President Buhari and the APC, than it was in 2015 when they took office”.