Head of CISLAC, Musa Rafsanjani

Nigeria ranks 150th in Transparency International’s Corruption Index 2022

The Executive Director of the Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Center (CISLAC), Auwal Ibrahim Musa Rafsanjani, has announced that Nigeria was ranked 150 out of 180 countries in Transparency International’s (TI) Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI). 2022.

This, according to Rafsanjani, is four places down from position 154 in the country’s 2021 CPI results.

Rafsanjani made the announcement Tuesday at a press conference held at the CISLAC meeting room, Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja.

However, he added that in terms of points, the country is back to training the 24 points it had in 2021.

He also noted that the index data used for the CPI is not compiled by CISLAC/TI-Nigeria but by independent and reputable organizations with sound research methodologies.

“While Nigeria moved up four places in the country rankings, it has maintained its previous score of 24, which is the lowest CPI score since 2012, suggesting a slowdown in the steady decline seen in the previous three CPIs,” said.

The head of CISLAC lamented the rate of corruption in the country and reserved some blame for the Judiciary.

“Nigeria as a country has reached a point where citizens should come out by the millions to protest against corruption, therefore with expectations that this regime could tackle the problem of corruption, however the world continues to face to corruption with the help of high-profile. officials, ”he lamented.

Among other recommendations, CISCLAC called on the executive arm of the government to stop recklessly granting pardons to corrupt politicians.

As a means to curb and address the ongoing corruption in Nigeria, CISLAC also recommended the following:

1. The presidency, INEC, political parties, security actors, and other relevant bodies must ensure that the 2023 general elections are free, fair, and credible.
2. Relevant anti-corruption agencies must ensure that high-profile corruption cases are pursued to their logical conclusion for the benefit of Nigeria and its citizens.
3. Agencies mandated to recover assets under the Proceeds of Crime (and Management) Act 2022 should ensure that they establish a database where information on assets in their custody can be easily accessed by citizens in accordance with the Act and the proactive provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2011.
4. The federal government must address the persistent problem of oil theft in the country.
5. Relevant agencies should investigate those behind the toxic fuel’s importance to Nigeria in 2022.
6. The National Assembly must guarantee transparency in the implementation of constituency projects. The relevant bodies must ensure that the guilty are prosecuted.
7. With elections fast approaching, the judiciary must ensure the delivery of justice more than ever.

The Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) developed by Transparency International (TI) in 1995 is an annual ranking of countries on the prevalence of corruption within each country, based on surveys conducted by experts and business executives. Its objective is to serve as a basis for critical reflection on tangible ways to strengthen the fight against corruption.

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