THE Presidency has reacted to the report of Transparency International that under the government of President Muhammadu Buhari, corruption in the country has been at it worst state.
The report’s index, which ranks 180 countries and territories by their perceived levels of public sector corruption, uses a scale of 0 to 100, where 0 is highly corrupt and 100 is very clean.
While Nigeria scored 27/100 and was ranked 136th in 2016, the latest CPI scores Nigeria 28/100 and ranks 148 out of 180 countries surveyed.
This has seen the country go down 12 places below where it was the previous year.
Reacting the Special Assistant on Prosecution to the President, Chief Okoi Obono-Obla, described the report as a “sham” which does not reflect the reality.
“Indication cannot be the reality. Those reports are based on assumptions and sometimes they are not true. Are we not fighting corruption? We cannot kill people. Do they expect us to slaughter everybody before they know that this government is fighting corruption?” he queried.
Report Erroneous – Sagay
Meanwhile, the chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC), Prof. Itse Sagay (SAN) on Thurday described the latest Corruption Perception Index as erroneous.
According to him, corruption was perceived to still be high because of frequent revelations of acts of graft, insisting that TI misinterpreted the fact that acts of corruption were being exposed on daily basis.
“Transparency International is making a major error. It is confused between the actual level of corruption and the level of revelation of acts of corruption. Corruption was worse than now.
“But, because of the activities of the anti-corruption agencies, particularly the EFCC, virtually no day passes without one act of corruption or the other being revealed.
“To someone who is just relying on statistics of what is revealed, it’d seem that corruption is increasing. In fact, it is decreasing, because those that are revealed involve prosecution of suspects or forfeiture of assets.
“Corruption is being dealt with. So, that’s the error there.”