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Lai Mohammed reacts to a report listing Nigeria as one of the world’s most corrupt countries

Lai Mohammed, Minister of Information and Culture, is dissatisfied with Transparency International’s latest Corruption Perception Index (CPI) report (TI).

The survey, which was released on Wednesday, February 1, 2023, ranked Nigeria as the 150th most corrupt country in the world, ranking 150th out of 180 countries.

Nigeria slipped four places in the latest Corruption Perception Index ranking.

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The Minister of Information, however, criticized the findings, claiming that President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration is not tackling corruption in order to satisfy Transparency International.

“We’re fighting corruption because we believe if we don’t fight corruption, there’ll be no growth, either in terms of the economy or even political,” Mohammed said. “Therefore, what we do and what we have put in place to fight corruption is not because we want to be rated by anybody.

“Corruption fighting is not just by how many people have you arrested or how many people have you tried or how many people have you convicted.”

180 countries were ranked in the 2022 Corruption Perception Index according to their perceived levels of public sector corruption on a scale from 0 (extremely corrupt) to 100. (very clean).

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Nigeria earned 24 out of a possible 100 points in addition to claiming the 150th spot. The most populous nation in Africa is included as one of those that have “made no significant progress against corruption or have declined since 2012” by the score.

The score also revealed that Nigeria maintained its previous year’s performance.

In prior years, Nigeria received 26 points in 2019, 25 points in 2020, and 24 points in 2021. This means that President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration’s anti-corruption campaign has not yielded major results.

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News Source: Pulse Nigeria

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