What a blow! ‘Corruption getting worse in Nigeria’ — Transparency International

The latest corruption perception index (CPI) released by Transparency International suggests that despite the anti-graft war waged by the present administration, corruption in Nigeria is getting worse.
The report released on Wednesday showed that while the country scored 27/100 and was ranked 136th in 2016, the latest CPI scores Nigeria 28/100 but with a rank of No. 148 out of 180 countries surveyed — a significant 12 places below where it was the previous year.
This result is a huge dent on image of the government, which came to power on the wings of integrity.
It goes a long way to show that it has not been effective with its war against corruption campaign, though it has put many suspects on trial and seized assets of politicians and government officials.
However, the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC) chairman, Prof Itse Sagay (SAN) on Thursday described the release as erroneous.
Sagay, who said corruption was perceived to still be high because of frequent revelations of acts of graft, concluded TI misinterpreted the fact.
He said: “Corruption is being dealt with. So, that’s the error there.”

The CPI overtime has painstakingly ranked the world’s 180 countries and territories according to their perceived levels of public sector corruption. It uses a scale of 0 to 100, where 0 is highly corrupt and 100 is very clean, according to TI.