Civil Society Network Against Corruption, CSNAC, has reacted to statement by President Muhammadu Buhari’s government condemning Transparency International report on corruption.
Nigeria ranked 148 out of 180 countries assessed in 2017 on the Transparency International annual Corruption Perception Index, showing deterioration in perception of corruption in public administration in Nigeria compared to 2016.
Buhari speaking on the report faulted the criteria used by the anti-corruption watchdog ‘to arrive at its very misleading and unfair conclusions in its assessment of the Federal government’s efforts in this anti-corruption crusade’.
Reacting, CSNAC Chairman, Olanrewaju Suraju speaking on Channels Tv on Sunday stated that Buhari’s government had refused to accept the report because it was negative.
According to him, the government would have celebrated it if it was positive just as that of the African Union
Suraju said: “The transparency international report is a wake up call for them, it is a perception
“They have to look at report and look at where they are right and wrong and change the perception
“They can’t be bothered about only perception of Nigerians and not international community
“They celebrated African Union report but reject transparency report because it was negative.
“If the rating was positive they would have celebrated it and not bothered, I can say the government was winning in an extent and making efforts but later became stagnant.
“The fact of the matter is that there is still alot to be done about anti corruption war.
“Corruption is not fighting back but Corrupt people fighting back the system.
“The government is not getting it right, but we are making progress, take a look at chairman of gov forum was also fingered in money laundering and senate president, Babagama allegedly involved in bribe will tell u its about corrupt people fighting bk not corruption itself
“There are a lot of them in the executive, Legislative and even Judiciary among them. It gives perception that both locally and internationally corruption is not being fought adequately.”
Source: Daily Post