A Corruption Perceptions Index released on Thursday, which ranked Nigeria at 146 out of 180 countries studied, has been sparking validation and condemnation from several quarters.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in its reaction, validated its position that corruption has worsened under President Muhammadu Buhari and his APC.
The party, which issued a statement through its spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan, said the report was proof that Buhari’s anti-corruption war was ‘fake’.
He said, “It is clear that the Buhari administration and the APC have not only failed in their boasts to tackle corruption and insecurity but have ended up economically despoiling our nation and worsening our security challenges.”
The statement read in part:
“The party describes as a national embarrassment that under an administration by the same leader who wears the medal as “African Union (AU) Anti-Corruption Champion”, and whose government boasts of zero-tolerance for corruption, our nation now ranks as fourth most corrupt country in West African and one of the leading most corrupt countries of the world.”
The party said that the TI report, which shows the country dropping to a malodorous 26, from the already disapproving 27 points it maintained since 2017, had further exposed the Buhari administration and the APC. The party said the Buhari and the APC are merely posturing as saints and hounding innocent Nigerians with fake anti-corruption war while engaging in unprecedented looting of our national resources.
He stressed that "the fact that the APC and its government, with their numerous megaphones, have remained silent over the report is also very revealing."
“By this TI report, Nigerians are no longer in doubt as to why our nation has been plagued with worsening economic hardship, poverty and hunger, dilapidated infrastructure and devastating retrogression in critical sectors such as health, power, education, transport, agriculture among others in the last four years while APC leaders, their families and cronies, gloat in affluence to the chagrin of Nigerians," Mr Kola said.
Meanwhile, Ologbondiyan recalled that the PDP has since been challenging the presidency and the APC to come clean and account for the over N14 trillion allegedly stolen by APC leaders from government coffers in the last four years.
The party listed out some of the allegedly stolen funds under the party, which includes "the stolen N9 trillion detailed in the NNPC leaked memo; the N1.1 trillion worth of crude allegedly stolen by certain APC leaders using 18 unregistered vessels; the over N1.4 trillion stolen from shady oil subsidy deals as well as monies stolen from sensitive government agencies including the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) among others."
Thus, the party reported that "It is now clear that the Buhari administration and the APC have not only failed in their boasts to tackle corruption and insecurity but have ended up economically despoiling our nation and worsening our security challenges."
He added: “The fact remains that the Buhari Presidency and the APC cannot controvert these damning facts. The only thing left for them is to apologize to Nigerians and get ready for their place in the dustbin of history as the worst government and political party ever in the history of our nation.”