TRANSPARENCY International, the global civil society organisation leading the fight against corruption says under President Muhammadu Buhari, corruption in Nigeria has risen to its worst form and still soaring higher.
The body stated this in its latest corruption perception index (CPI) released on Wednesday.
In 2016, Nigeria scored 27/100 and was ranked 136th, the latest CPI scores Nigeria 28/100 with a rank of No. 148 out of 180 countries surveyed — a significant 12 places below where it was the previous year.
Nigeria is ranked 148 along with Guinea and Comoros.
In 2015, Nigeria scored 26/100 and was ranked 136 — although only 168 countries and territories were surveyed then.
New Zealand maintains the No. 1 rank with a score of 89/100, Denmark No. 2 with 88, while Finland, Norway and Switzerland are joint No. 3 with 85.
This is a blow to the Buhari administration which came into office on the strength of the president anti-corruption credential.
Although the administration has put many suspects on trial and seized assets of politicians and government officials, it has also been accused of condoning corrupt practices by top government officials.
The index, which ranks 180 countries and territories by their perceived levels of public sector corruption in the opinion of experts and business people, uses a scale of 0 to 100, where 0 is highly corrupt and 100 is very clean.