Transparency International, TI has released a fresh 2016 list of the most corrupt countries in the world and so far the President Muhammadu’s led administration is yet to lift the country out of the red zone.
The report, released on Thursday by the organization, ranked Nigeria 136 out of 176 countries, and this simply mean that Nigeria has fail to rise from the ashes of corruption for the fourth consecutive year – since 2013.
Based TI’s definition of Corruption, “it is the abuse of entrusted power for personal gain,” and each year since 1995, the organisation has published Corruption Perspective Index that scores the world’s nations out of 100 for their public sector honesty .
According to José Ugaz, Chair of Transparency International,
“In too many countries, people are deprived of their most basic needs and go to bed hungry every night because of corruption, while the powerful and corrupt enjoy lavish lifestyles with impunity.”
TI, which released its 2016 report on Thursday, ranked Nigeria 136 out of 176 countries. However, while the organisation scored Nigeria 26 per cent in its last report, it scored the country 28 in its latest report.
The war against corruption is one of the cardinal objectives of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government which took over in May 2015. The administration claims to have recovered billions of dollars in cash and assets in the last 18 months but the anti-graft war is perceived to be one-sided.
Putting the scores in context, the Transparency International said that the lower-ranked countries in their index are plagued by untrustworthy and badly functioning public institutions like the police and judiciary. They added that even where anti-corruption laws are on the books, in practice they’re often skirted or ignored.
“People frequently face situations of bribery and extortion, rely on basic services that have been undermined by the misappropriation of funds, and confront official indifference when seeking redress from authorities that are on the take.”
As for Higher-ranked countries like Denmark and New Zealand, which score 90 percent free of corruption, TI described that such countries tend to have higher degrees of press freedom, access to information about public expenditure, stronger standards of integrity for public officials, and independent judicial systems.
However, Transparency International opined that high-scoring countries can’t afford to be complacent, either. According to them, although the most obvious forms of corruption may not scar citizens’ daily lives in all these places, the higher-ranked countries are not immune to closed-door deals, conflicts of interest, illicit finance, and patchy law enforcement that can distort public policy and exacerbate corruption at home and abroad.
Nigeria is found at the bottom 136 with a depressing 28 percent score on corruption 2016, just a slit shift from the 26 percent in 2015. Somalia is placed at the bottom with a score of 10 per cent.