EFCC, SERAP React To Nigeria's Rating On Corruption Index
By Olamide Fadoju
Reactions have continued to trail Nigeria’s rating as fall on the corruption index list released by Anti-corruption organization, Transparency International(TI).
In 2019 list released on its website, Africa's largest economy has slipped two places on Transparency International's Corruption Perception Index (CPI) to rank 146 out of 180 countries surveyed. The slip is coming after an improvement in the 2018 CPI. That year, Nigeria moved up to 144 from 148 the year before.
Following the release of the list, The Economic Financial Crimes Commission(EFCC) condemned the corruption perception index, describing it as appalling.
In a statement made available by the acting EFCC spokesperson, Tony Orilade, the ratings are being illogical.
“We insist that the rating is a far cry from the evident strides and achievements so far accomplished by the anti-graft agency in the fight against corruption, particularly under the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari."
Meanwhile, the Socio-Economic Right And Accountability Project (SERAP) has said the rankings are not surprising and the country has done little to deserve better placement on the list.
“Nigeria’s score on Transparency International’s Corruption Perception Index 2019 is hardly surprising but suggests that the fight against corruption in the country has not improved, and in fact remains at the level of the 2015 ranking in which Nigeria also scored 26.
“The political will demonstrated by President Muhammadu Buhari in his early days in office, would seem to be on a backslide since 2016. The authorities should not simply dismiss the ranking.
They advised the government to take the anti-corruption fight seriously and “Going forward, Nigerian authorities must embrace the recommendations by the TI and set some benchmarks for anti-corruption improvements in the coming years. The authorities should take the CPI to heart and initiate and actively ensure”