Nigeria has slipped on Transparency International’s Corruption Perception Index 2019, scoring a mere 26 per cent.
The 2018 report, which was compiled after a survey into the Economic stability and financial circulation of funds in Nigeria, placed Nigeria in 27 out of 100. The self-proclaimed African Giant has now dropped by a point in 2019 they lie 4th the list of most corrupt country in West Africa and 146th in the world.
In West Africa, Nigeria has also become the fourth most corrupt nation in West Africa, ahead of only Cameroon, Chad, Libya, and Equatorial Guinea.
This should come as a surprise because of the anti-corruption war endorsed by Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari, who asserted that his government have been fighting corruption since he was elected into power.
This latest report indicated that Africa’s most populous country, Nigeria has joined most other countries in Sub-Saharan nations which have been witnessing a continued high rate of corruption, now worsened due to vote-buying in electoral periods.
The report also indicated that despite the EFCC alleged war being spearheaded by President Buhari in the last four and a half years, Nigeria has failed to score above 28 per cent in the ratings.
Nigeria scored 28 out of 100 in 2016 and 2017 but have fallen downwards in 2018, to 27 and fell further again to 26 in 2019.
In the latest report, Nigeria scored the same percentage as Iran, Honduras, Guatemala, Bangladesh, Mozambique and Angola.
Out of the 180 countries where the surveys were carried out, Nigeria scored better than only 28 countries, They include – Comoros, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Madagascar, Zimbabwe, Eritrea, Nicaragua, Cambodia, Chad, Iraq, Burundi, Congo, Turkmenistan, Haiti, Democratic Republic of Congo, Libya, Guinea-Bissau, North Korea, Venezuela, Equatorial Guinea, Sudan, Afghanistan, Yemen, Syria, South Sudan and Somalia.
The TI survey which measures public sector corruption in 180 countries saw countries like New Zealand and Denmark emerge with the highest score in the corruption survey, both scoring 87 out of 100 and becoming the least most corrupt countries in the world.