Nigeria has emerged the second most country in the West Africa region, dropping to absymal 149 on Transparency International’s 2020 Corruption Perception Index.
This is the worst ranking Nigeria has received in recent time. Nigeria also scored 25 out of a possible 100 points in the latest TI ranking.
In the last TI rating in 2019, Nigeria was ranked 146th out of the 180 countries surveyed, scoring 26 points out of a possible 100. On a scale of zero to 100 in TI’s rating, zero means “Highly Corrupt,” while 100 stands for “Very Clean”.
This means that Nigeria is two steps now worse off than she was in 2018 when she scored 27 points to place 144th out of 180 countries. The implication of the latest ranking is that Nigeria is now more corrupt that she has ever been.
According to the latest ranking, Nigeria is now the second most corrupt country in West Africa with Guinea-Bissau the only country more corrupt than Nigeria in the region.
In Africa, only 12 countries are perceived to be more corrupt than Nigeria. They are Zimbabwe, Chad, Eritrea, Burundi, Congo, Guinea Bissau, Democratic Republic of Congo, Libya, Equatorial Guinea, Sudan, Somalia and South Sudan. Both Somalia and South Sudan were ranked as the most corrupt nations on earth.
The latest ranking is despite The avowed commitment of of Nigeria’s All Progressives Congress (APC) government of President Muhammadu Buhari who came to power on the mantra of anti corruption war.
Since 2015 when Buhari took over the reigns of power, Nigeria’s economy has been on a free fall with humongous corruption scandals in public institutions becoming more ubiquitous than ever.