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Presidency Lashes Out Over Corruption Index Report

Following the publication of the Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) report, which ranked Nigeria second in corruption cases in West Africa, the Nigerian presidency accused Transparency International of assigning “sensational and baseless ratings to Nigeria and its fight against corruption”.

On Thursday, President Muhammadu Buhari’s Media aide, Garba Shehu,in a statement said the report is not an accurate portrayal of the facts on ground and that the Buhari administration is currently “analyzing the sources of data” used in preparing the report.

Shehu added that the Buhari administration deserves credit for diminishing corruption in the public service and will continue to vigorously support prevention, enforcement, public education and enlightenment activities of anticorruption agencies.

His statement read in part, ” We invite Nigerians to stand with an administration that has done so much on asset recovery, prosecution, legislation, political will and leadership by example in the fight against corruption.

“Equally, we urge our friends in the media, development partners and the civil society organizations to continue to support efforts to strengthen accountability, transparency, ethical values and integrity in Nigeria’s public sector.

“President Buhari has put his hand to the plough and will not relent in working with those passionate about the welfare, stability and prosperity of future generations to come in Nigeria.”

Transparency International Corruption Perception Index (CPI) showed that Nigeria dropped three places and scored lower in number of points, this indicates that corruption is perceived to have worsened in the country within the last one year.

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