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Transparency International ranks Nigeria as the 35th Most Corrupt Country in the World in its 2012 Report

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The global corruption watchdog, Transparency International released its 2012 Corruption Perceptions Index today, ranking Nigeria as the 35th most corrupt country in the world.

In a report released at 6 a.m. on Wednesday December 5th 2012, Nigeria scored 27 out of a maximum 100 marks to clinch the 139th position out of the 176 countries surveyed for the report. It shared that position with Azerbaijan, Kenya, Nepal and Pakistan. Countries such as Togo, Mali, Niger and Benin fared better than Nigeria.

In the 2011 ranking, Nigeria placed 143rd position making it the 37th most corrupt country. However, this year, the number of countries ranked were six less than that of 2011 making it difficult to say if Nigeria has improved in the ranking or not.

Transparency International explained in the report that this year’s index ranks 176 countries/territories by their perceived levels of public sector corruption. The index draws on 13 surveys covering expert assessments and surveys of businesspeople.

On the top of the list as the least corrupt countries are Denmark, Finland and New Zealand in the first place with scores of 90. Afghanistan, North Korea and Somalia once again cling to the bottom rung of the index.

Nigeria’s woeful performance in this year’s survey is not entirely surprising and is premised on several occurrences.

Despite his promise of spearheading the fight against corruption, President Goodluck Jonathan since assuming office in 2010 has not shown vigour in that area. According to Premium Times, in a televised media chat in June, he scoffed at a question on why he had not publicly declared his asset snapping on live television, “I don’t give a damn!”

The petroleum minister, Diezani Madueke, a close ally of the president, has heaps of established corruption allegations against her, but none has been investigated by Jonathan’s administration; while she still remains in office as one of the favorite ministers.

There have been several cases of visitors to the Presidential Villa offered huge sums of money after their visits. The Save Nigeria Group was offered $30 thousand, and the Northern elders N20 million; both groups rejected the cash gifts given to them by the presidency.

There are also piles of corruption cases involving government officials, politicians and ‘friends of the government’ that have been lingering for years while perpetrators roam free.

Transparency International in its report warned governments saying they should hear the global outcry against corruption “Governments need to integrate anti-corruption actions into all aspects of decision-making. They must prioritise better rules on lobbying and political financing, make public spending and contracting more transparent, and make public bodies more accountable.

This report has once again brought about a debate as some Nigerians don’t agree with the ranking. What do you think of the report? Do you agree that Nigeria is the 35th most corrupt country in the world?

Adeola Adeyemo is a graduate of Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from University of Lagos. However, her passion is writing and she worked as a reporter with NEXT Newspaper. She believes that anything can be written about; anything can be a story depending on the angle it is seen from and the writer's imagination. When she is not writing news or feature articles, she slips into her fantasies and creates interesting fiction pieces. She blogs at www.deolascope.blogspot.com

16 Comments

  1. Sparkle Christian

    December 5, 2012 at 10:09 pm

    naija……….mtschewwwww ………what a country

  2. faith

    December 5, 2012 at 10:13 pm

    Not a news…

  3. yinx

    December 6, 2012 at 2:00 am

    yes i agree, it is, the rich only care about getting richer i.e Jonathan only cares about how much he can save for himself before his term is over. all is vanity, he should focus on how to make his administration better and ask GOD to forgive him because he might think he is on top now but he should remember that GOD is watching him

  4. izzy

    December 6, 2012 at 2:20 am

    how many on the list? we should be that number not 35th..hisss

  5. Uwaka Adede

    December 6, 2012 at 2:50 am

    We don’t need a report to tell us what we already know.

  6. True Talk

    December 6, 2012 at 2:52 am

    wow I taught we were no 1, wonder what country are before us. We all need prayer and serious fasting for our nation.

  7. Ngozi

    December 6, 2012 at 3:24 am

    The findings of this report are true and very saddening. It appears that while other nation surge forward in the march to economic development, Nigeria regresses more and more as the years go by. I think the problem is that Nigerians have accepted corruption as a norm and to be quite frank, nobody cares anymore! People have just lost faith and adopted the attitude of ‘I don’t care’.
    Nigeria can still be saved but corruption must be tackled at its roots. We shouldn’t focus on how to punish only, we must also look for ways to preempt corruption, positive incentives! Pay the police more! If the policeman (who is responsible for the enforcement of law and order) not afraid to go and arrest the wealthy and influential chief who is publicly looting and committing economic as well as grievous crimes against humanity, then HOW CAN CORRUPTION NOT CONTINUE? Those that are obligated to protect the common man have no incentive to do so anymore. Tackle corruption at its roots! Nigerians too need to change their mentality! If you see someone doing something wrong to enrich himself, don’t applaud it, condemn it! In fact the whole thing is just tiring and draining!

  8. mama

    December 6, 2012 at 9:05 am

    to be fair i always thought nigeria is d most corrupt nation in the whole wide world…

    • fifi

      December 6, 2012 at 4:12 pm

      me too… 35th is actually being nice!!

  9. Soraya

    December 6, 2012 at 11:08 pm

    While Nigeria is still one of the 50 most corrupt countries in the world- Nigeria needs to do far more to tackle the corruption- judging by the way Nigerians are devising ingenious means to launder money overseas these days

  10. EDOLO EGENIWARE ADUKU

    December 8, 2012 at 5:14 am

    THERE IS NO WAY OUT FOR NIGERIA FROM CORRUPTION.. ALL THE GOVTS, PAST OR PRESENT, BOTH CIVILIAN OR MILITARY. SINCE ABOUT 1965 TILL DATE, NO SOLUTION TO IT. REMEMBER OUR CIVIL WAR. IS IT NOT CORRUPTION THAT BROUGHT THE WAR. THE SOLDIERS TOLD US THEY HAVE COME TO WAPE OUT CORRUTION, THEY TURNED OUT NTO BE THE MOST CORRUPT. THE MORE WE TALKED OF CORRUPTION INN THE SOCIETY, THE MORE IT GROWS. NOW, IT IS OUT OF CONTROL. MY PRAYER IS THAT, IF IT BE POSSIBLE, LET THE GOD ALMIGHTY , KILL THE PEOPLE FROM AGES 5 YEARS UP SHOULD BE KILLED INCUDING THIS WRITTER AND BRING UP THE KIDS UP.

  11. Richard anthöny

    December 8, 2012 at 2:35 pm

    Naija is d corrupt country in d world n it wil continue 2 b d corrupt country now n for ever

  12. Amoo Ayishat

    December 8, 2012 at 11:26 pm

    Corruption is the order of the day in Nigeria. It is all about dishonesty and illegal behaviour by people in positions of authority or power.

    There is so much dishonesty in every areas in Nigeria and corruption permeates every sector of the economy. Eradicating corruption will take a lot of hard work as it has become part of the everyday life of our leaders.

    Those that want to stop corruption ought to be clean themselves before they can stop corruption, so corruption has to be stopped at the government level before the they (government) starts stopping it at other levels.

    So many group of people benefit from corruption and they won’t want it to stop and wiped out completely, these people should not be allowed.

    If the government develop more ways to satisfy civil servants in terms of their salary and welfare, corruption will reduce to minimum because the civil servants will not seek corrupt means of getting money.

    Also, proper checks and balances should be carried for the public servants to carry out their duty well rather than focusing on how to get money for personal aggrandizement.

    Public issues should be more transparent and government should include the citizens in every point of decision making that concerns public interest. Also, when corrupt people are being caught, there should be proper punishment for them so they would serve as lessons to others.

    AMOO AYISHAT
    CALEB UNIVERSITY,
    IMOTA, LAGOS.

  13. henry

    December 22, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    THE GAME , THE PEOPLE, THE CARDS , THE TABLE , THE PLAYERS , THE VICTIMS

  14. kelly

    April 19, 2013 at 1:14 am

    corruption is holding this country 2geda.tell me what correction is worse than zoning?thinkkk abt it

    • Emmanuel

      June 17, 2013 at 4:30 am

      All of us can contribute our ” little quota” and stop thinking ‘it is their problem’. How many us resist bribing say the police men at check points or staffers at reception desks in offices, charity begins at home they say.

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