In the last 2 days, there have been a frenzy media report about Nigeria disappearing from Transparency International (TI) Corruption index perception top 10 most corrupt countries list.
This skewed mental excitement is baseless, in accurate and factually wrong.
Nigeria’s rating in Transparency International Corruption index perception since December 2014 have remained unchanged.
Nigeria is rated 136 out of 168 Countries in the world with a score of 26. The Improvement in Nigerian’s rating then was as a result of some system controls employed by their government. TSA and Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System (IPPIS) among other factors, were the reason for the improved rating.
There have been great expectation from Nigeria because of President Muhammadu Buhari who campaigned with anti-corruption slogan, but regrettably expectation has fallen short of reality.
The sound bites of Nigerian government claiming that the USA have handed them the list of Nigerians that have about $150billion in US bank, which later turned out to be a lie did not help matter.
Secondly, the claim that some indicted people have refunded Billions they looted, which was refuted by the Finance Minister will not give confidence to anyone that Nigeria can fight corruption as they claim.
A Nigerian Senator, Shehu Sani said recently in a National television that Nigeria will recover $200billion Nigerians deposited in Dubai (UAE) banks. TI is aware that UAE financial Institutions hold less than $328billion in the coffers and about 57% belongs to Russians, Chinese and Western Billionaires. This makes the argument of Sen Sani baseless and a mere fabrication and destroys any trust some of these International agencies will have on Nigeria.
These sequence of lies, disregards to rule of law and inability of the world to know the policy direction of the Nigerian government makes it difficult for anyone to assess the situation in Nigeria, especially the claimed fight against corruption.
Time is still on our side, I trust that Nigeria have the capacity and know-how to to improve in all sphere of human endevour, including their strive to reduce the corruption level.
Nigeria is not in the best 10 least corrupt countries and have left the 10 most corrupt countries list since 2011.
Copyright 2014 Riverine News.
Permission to use portions of this article is granted provided appropriate credits are given to http://riverinenews.com/ and other relevant sources.