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Nigeria ranked most-corrupt country in West-Africa

by Ayodeji Onibalusi
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In Transparency International’s Corruption Perception Index 2019 report, Nigeria, the biggest economy in Africa, and the largest black nation on earth has just been ranked as the most corrupt in West Africa.

The same ranking placed Nigeria’s TI score at 27 out of 100 in 2018 but dropped it to 26, falling by a point in 2019. This makes the Giant of Africa take the 146th position on Transparency International’s (TI’s) Corruption Perception Index 2019.

This also means that Nigeria is now the most corrupt nation in West-Africa.

TI’s report might just have placed a dent on the anti-corruption campaign of the Muhammadu Buhari led administration.

According to the report, despite the efforts of the current administration to rid the country of corruption, Nigeria has failed to score more than 28 percent.

Issues like vote-buying, lack of autonomy of the court and several other corruption-related practices common with Sub-Saharan nations informed the latest TI report’s findings. These issues have contributed to bringing Nigeria’s rankings down.

In 2016 and 2017, Nigeria scored 28 out of 100 but fell to 27 in 2018, and sank further to 26 in 2019.

This new report placed Nigeria at the same score as Iran, Honduras, Guatemala, Mozambique, Angola and Bangladesh.

Nigeria only ranked higher than 28 of 180 countries that were surveyed for the report.

The countries Nigeria ranked higher than include Cameroon, Central African Republic, Comoros, Iraq, Chad, Uzbekistan, Zimbabwe, Eritrea, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Madagascar, Congo, Burundi, Nicaragua, Haiti, Turkmenistan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Somalia, South Sudan, Syria, Yemen, Afghanistan, Sudan, Equatorial Guinea, North Korea, Guinea-Bissau, and Venezuela.

New Zealand and Denmark both emerged as the countries with the highest score of 87 out of 100.

These countries also ranked the highest in the report, Finland (86), Singapore (85), Sweden (85), Switzerland (85), Norway (84), Netherlands (82), Germany (80) and Luxembourg (80)

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