Presidency blames Nigerians for Transparency International’s poor ranking

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The Presidency has today blamed Nigerians for the country’s poor ranking on Transparency International’s 2020 Corruption Perception Index in which Nigeria scored 25 out of 100 and was named the second most corrupt nation in West Africa and ranked 149 out of 180 countries.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, said this today when he featured on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily program, barely two days after the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, discredited Transparency’s report.

Responding to a question, Garba Shehu said the report is a reflection of corruption by Nigerians and not by the Buhari administration.

Garba Shehu’s position, however, differs from that of Transparency which drew its conclusion from 13 data sources that capture the assessment of experts and business executives on a number of corrupt behaviors in the public sector including bribery, diversion of public funds, use of public office for private gain and nepotism in the civil service.

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