The campaign organisation for President Muhammadu Buhari’s reelection has said the poor performance of the country on the corrupting perception index was inherited from the past administration.
The spokesman of the Buhari Campaign Organisation, Festus Keyamo (SAN), said this while speaking on a live programme on TVC Nigeria, Monday morning.
Transparency International (TI) ranks Nigeria 148th among 180 countries on the corruption Perception Index (CPI) for 2017 with a score of 27.
In 2016, Nigeria scored 28 while in 2015 the country had 26 points.
The 2017 ranking makes Nigeria one of the least ranked countries in the sub-Saharan African.
But Keyamo believes that the poor ranking was inherited by the PDP led administration.
He said the 2017 ranking was based on events that took place during the previous administration and could not have been linked to efforts by APC led administration in fighting corruption.
“All efforts to fight corruption may not reflect until two to three years. The rating by transparency international is just a perception index.
That does not mean we are not winning the fight against corruption but otter countries fighting corruption have also been doing fine,” he said.
The human rights lawyer called on Nigerians to challenge the presidential candidate of the PDP, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar on why he (Atiku) did not include the fight against corruption as one of his cardinal goals.
He said, “Nigerians should ask Atiku why he does not have anti-corruption as his cardinal goal. Why are you [Atiku] running away from anti-corruption? He cannot mouth it.”
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