Nigeria Is 35th Most Corrupt In The World, Says Transparency International 2012 Report-PREMIUM TIMES

President Goodluck Jonathan
By Abdulrahman Abdulmalik

Transparency International says Nigeria, under President Goodluck Jonathan, remains highly corrupt.
Nigeria remained rooted to the bottom of the global corruption ranking Wednesday as global corruption watchdog, Transparency  International, rated it the 35th most corrupt country in the world.

In a report released at 6 a.m. Wednesday,  Nigeria scored 27 out of a maximum 100 marks to clinch the 139th position out of the 176 countries surveyed for the report. It shared that position with Azerbaijan, Kenya, Nepal and Pakistan. Countries such as Togo, Mali, Niger and Benin fared better than Nigeria.

Nigeria placed 143rd in the 2011 ranking, making it the 37th most corrupt country. It is difficult to say Nigeria has improved in the ranking this year because 182, six more than this year’s, were ranked in 2011.

This year’s index ranks 176 countries/territories by their perceived levels of public sector corruption, TI explained in the report.

The index draws on 13 surveys covering expert assessments and surveys of businesspeople.

The Corruption Perceptions Index is the leading indicator of public sector corruption, offering a yearly snapshot of the relative degree of the corruption problem by ranking countries from all over the globe.

Nigeria’s woeful performance in this year’s survey is not entirely surprising.

Since assuming office in 2010, President Jonathan has not shown vigour in the fight against corruption – including corruption involving past and current actors in his administration.

The tipping point in the president’s profile, regarding reluctance in promoting transparency, came when, in televised media chat in June, he scoffed at a question on why he had not publicly declared his asset. On live television, the president snapped “I don’t give a damn!”
The petroleum minister, Diezani Madueke, a close ally of the president, has heaps of established corruption allegations against her, but none has been investigated by Mr. Jonathan’s administration; while she still remains in office as one of the favorite ministers.

In August 2011, President Goodluck Jonathan secretly ordered the payment of $155 million to Malabu oil, a firm owned by an ex-convict and former petroleum minister, Dan Etete. Not only was the payment done without the knowledge of the Finance Minister, as revealed by PREMIUM TIMES, Malabu transferred the money into dubious accounts including that owned by a man with links to Mr. Jonathan. Both the Senate and the House of Representatives have agreed to investigate the Malabu scandal.

Ranging from the monumental fuel subsidy scam to the massive corruption uncovered in pension administration to the scams at the Security and Exchange Commission and the Bureau of Public Enterprises, Nigeria stinks with graft. Government officials, including some of Mr. Jonathan’s favourite appointees have been named in the brazen theft of public funds.

Two members of the President’s cabinet, Godsday Orubebe and Stella Oduah, illegally registered an NGO, Neighbour to Neighbour, on whose board they sit, and which they then used in campaigning for the President’s election; in contravention of CAC registration guidelines and the CAMA Act. The presidency has kept mum on this.

There have been several cases of visitors to the Presidential Villa offered huge sums of money after their visits. The Save Nigeria Group was offered $30 thousand, and the Northern elders N20 million; both groups rejected the cash gifts given to them by the presidency.

There are also piles of corruption cases involving government officials, politicians and ‘friends of the government’ that have been lingering for years while perpetrators roam free.

Yet, in his Independence Day anniversary speech to Nigerians, President Jonathan claimed his administration had made substantial gains in the fight against corruption, saying TI had endorsed and praised his administration’s war against corruption.
Transparency International promptly replied, disowning Mr. Jonathan and saying it had no such report.

TI described this year’s report as an indication that “corruption is a major threat facing humanity. Corruption destroys lives and communities, and undermines countries and institutions. It generates popular anger that threatens to further destabilise societies and exacerbate violent conflicts.”

The organization added, “Corruption translates into human suffering, with poor families being extorted for bribes to see doctors or to get access to clean drinking water. It leads to failure in the delivery of basic services like education or healthcare. It derails the building of essential infrastructure, as corrupt leaders skim funds.

“Governments need to integrate anti-corruption actions into all aspects of decision-making. They must prioritise better rules on lobbying and political financing, make public spending and contracting more transparent, and make public bodies more accountable.”

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This is not blaming A and B,

This is not blaming A and B, these are citizens who are disgusted with the status quo, and they (we) have a right to be. Being 'fed up' doesn't have to mean blowing up buildings and kidnapping politicians, after all one of the most revolutionary ideologies began from behind those computer screens, or typewriters: Thomas Paine, 'Rights of Man'; Communist Manifesto; Plato, 'The Republic'. So allow people to vent please, it's a form of expression that may lead to the changes required in the ever depressing Nigerian scenario

Number 35 or Nunber One, there must be a istake somewhere.

Nigeria is the number ONE on the most corrupt country list. Just like Okwuchukwu Ezeanyika said in his comment, we are #1 in the whole universe which includes the entire solar system and not just the world. A country where fraudulent acts are not only norms but also celebrated and rewarded. Without a real revolution, we are heading for total anarchy and chaos. Poverty has turned able bodied youths into kidnappers, armed robbers, prostitutes, and Boko haram. The fortunate ones exploit the ignorance of the less fortunate to promote their agenda. Corruption has destoyed all infrastructures needed to maintain peace and promote any kind of growth. We are undoubtedly a failed state.

Your Future is in Your Hands

I have come to realize that complaining and paying attention to the negatives in Nigeria will take us no where. Let’s relegate these Government parasites to the background and take charge of our own future.

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forever my brother. thats how

forever my brother. thats how long its going to go on. change is drastic, its total inconvenience, it brings its own share of pain. we nigerians are not ready and will never be ready for such change. we sit behind computer systems in the comfort of home&offices and criticize all year long. Not a fan of all this stupid forum contribution that blames A and B and just keep it @ that. lets act if we are so fed up and if we are not yet, lets shut the hell up and wait till we are fed up.

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incorrect statistics

There is a great error in this ranking

INTERPOL ranks NIGERIA as the MOST CORRUPT in the world!

The International Police Organization (INTERPOL) ranks NIGERIA as the MOST CORRUPT country in the world. The INTERPOL ranking is much more believable because they track actual corrupt cases from other INTERPOL member countries in their dealings with Nigeria. The Transparency International (TI) ranking is predicated on perception and thus it is somewhat subjective.

From my professional experience, working as a global consultant, Nigeria is indeed the MOST CORRUPT COUNTRY in the UNIVERSE. Refer to the UNIVERSE as the earth or the entire solar system, Nigeria ranks as the No. 1 most corrupt country. Any Nigerian who disputes my ranking, unless he is OC or STANLEY IGWE, must be living in a fool's paradise.

NIGERIA IS DYING GRADUALLY

NIGERIA IS DYING GRADUALLY, NO COUNTRY CAN EVER SURVIVE ACUTE CORRUPTION.

CURRUPT CONTRIBUTION OF AMBASSADOR FELIX OBORO MADE NIGERIA SO!

Nigeria cannot just find itself in such ignoble position if not for the most corrupt contribution of Prime Minister Felix Okoro Oboro the system has been protecting.

Haba!!!

The Nigeria police are busy,harassing,abusing, extorting money and sex from citizens all over the nation and worse in rural areas,the customs are taking bribes while demanding sex from female importers before doing what is right,everybody is stealing or intimidating who they can left and right all over Nigeria.The politicians are looting every money on sight,the clergy are busy telling ecclesiastical lies about 10% and are threatening people with consequences should they fail to pay up while they smile to banks with congregational monies and now are even flying in private jets,the lawyers and judges are busy lining their pockets with their own share of stolen money from corrupt politicians,traders are busy importing fake products from China while contractors are doing shoddy works and endangering peoples lives, this is our pathetic situation but for how long can we continue to live like this?

Na wao!!!

The Nigeria police are busy,harassing,abusing, extorting money and sex from citizens all over the nation and worse in rural areas,the customs are taking bribes while demanding sex from female importers before doing what is right,everybody is stealing or intimidating who they can left and right all over Nigeria.The politicians are looting every money on sight,the clergy are busy telling ecclesiastical lies about 10% and are threatening people with consequences should they fail to pay up while they smile to banks with congregational monies and now are even flying in private jets,the lawyers and judges are busy lining their pockets with their own share of stolen money from corrupt politicians,traders are busy importing fake products from China while contractors are doing shoddy works and endangering peoples lives, this is our pathetic situation but for how long can we continue to live like this?

JUST 35? LET'S CELEBRATE!

I am sure the presidency would use this data in future to back its claim of fighting corruption. To them, spotting #35 is not bad, and might even call for some celebration in Abuja. Shame 'no dey catch us'?

Good ol' GEJ

The only news here is that we are not at the bottom of that scale. To that extent, it calls for celebration!

do u guys at Sahara Reporters

do u guys at Sahara Reporters understand English at all? 139th position out of 176 and you still say Nigeria "remained rooted to the bottom of the global corruption ranking". Is this journalism or are u pursuing a hidden agenda? There is no doubt Jonathan's administration is very corrupt and inept but please practice proper journalism.

Apologize to Nigerians & the world

If this news is true, I call on Mr President to honourably apologize to Nigerians o his earlier claim on independence day. The apology should be extended to the entire people of the world to such "hard facts" as was pronounced.
Unfortunately, someone out there still does not give a damn and is busy planning on how to remain the president come 2015 even if at that time he remains the only Nigeria! That's hard to believe!!!

re--corruption

why do u blame GEJ at all. Pls blame yourself if u cast your vote for him. It means you caused the problem

mtcheeewww

Same old stories everyday. #not interested

Just laughing! Check..

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THIS ONE NA OJORO. NIGERIA

THIS ONE NA OJORO. NIGERIA SUPPOSE TO CARRY FIRST. THEY DID NOT MARK THESE EXAM WELL O!

True. No real news here, just

True. No real news here, just additional information. Next!!!

EVIL FACES EVIL : BOKO HARAM VS GEJ'S GOVERNMENT!

Genetic Corrupt Maggotts are fighting their political militant venture. A ruler surrounded by corrupt gladiators, rascals,religious bandits, ethnic vultures formenting all evils to reduce Nigeria to nothingness. No light, security,economic reliability,focus, talent, solutions, except drumming for division and secession by savages boiling in hot water of ethnicity and religious dogmaticism.

RANKING OF CORRUPT NATIONS!

I THINK, THE ASSESSMENT WAS WRONG. NIGERIA SHOULD NUMBER ONE CORRUPT NATION IN THE WORLD!!! LET THEM REVISIT OUR CITIES, LOCAL AREA, INFRASTRUCTURES, HEALTH, EDUCATION, ROADS, ETC ETC ETC. NOTHING IS WORKING IN NIGERIA!!!

why can't u just agree that

why can't u just agree that we have made progress in the fight against Curruption which i what this report suggests.

Thats not news

That Nigeria rank among the most corrupt nation is not news again but what is baffling is that how come nigeria still not the worse? Something is amiss somewhere. The statistic is not correct then.
Who is not corrupt in the administration of the mugu in Abuja. His administration will ranked as the second most corrupt in the history of nigeria after Babangida. He has said it all, he doesnt give a damn as long as money rolls in. Everyday is for the thief but one day is for the owner. He will have his days in Jail.

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