Presidency Discredits Transparency International’s Corruption Ranking



President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday in Abuja reacted to the latest ranking of Nigeria as one of the worst corrupt nations by Transparency International (TI), saying he regretted TI’s perceived failure to recognise his administration’s anti-graft drive.

In a statement, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, said the government was still wondering the criteria used by the anti-corruption watchdog to arrive at the judgment.

The statement which added that while the government welcomes constructive criticisms from the anti-corruption watchdog, TI yet has a responsibility to reflect on the larger picture of concrete and verifiable achievements of the administration since it came into office in May 2015.

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It also said TI’s report that corruption is worse under Buhari’s administration would be incredible to anyone who knew where Nigeria was coming from.

It described the report as very misleading and unfair conclusions in its assessment of the federal government’s efforts in anti-corruption crusade.

Describing political will as the first major component of fighting corruption in any country, the statement said Buhari had made a huge difference by demonstrating not only such political will but also what it described as the extraordinary courage to go after high profile looters, including former military service chiefs and judges.


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