Nigeria is world’s 15th most corrupt nation – Transparency International

Former President, Goodluck Jonathan

Despite President Goodluck Jonathan’s pledge that his administration would end the scourge of corruption ravaging the country, Nigeria only performed marginally better than its 2013 rating in the latest Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index, CPI, released on Wednesday.

Out of 174 countries evaluated for corruption, Nigeria ranked 136th alongside Russia, Cameroon, Iran, Kyrgyzstan and Lebanon, as the least transparent.

That means the six countries, Nigeria inclusive, are the 15th most corrupt in the world.
The most corrupt country is Afghanistan, which ranked 172nd, while the most transparent nation in the world is Denmark.
Nigeria was 14th most corrupt in 2013.
On per 100 score, Nigeria totalled 27 aggregate points, better than 2013 when it scored 25.
Though still woeful, the country’s scant improvement from last year’s survey may be because fewer countries were surveyed in 2014 than 2013.
Last year, a total of 177 countries were surveyed as opposed to the 174 countries surveyed in 2014.

Transparency International’s CPI 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.

The CPI, which relies on expert opinion worldwide, is a measurement of the perceived levels of public sector corruption worldwide.

“Corruption is a problem for all countries. A poor score is likely a sign of widespread bribery, lack of punishment for corruption and public institutions that don’t respond to citizens’ needs,” TI said.

This is particularly true of Nigeria where several public institutions are a cesspool of fraudulent activities as proven by multiple investigations and reports.

Between 2013 and date, cases of pension scam running to multiple billions of naira at federal and state level were reported. No conviction has been recorded yet. Instead, charges against some of the alleged kingpins were controversially dropped.

Anti-corruption campaigners say President Jonathan has failed in the fight against corruption, by refusing to sanction officials proven to have misused public funds.

Earlier this year, Mr. Jonathan infamously said that what most Nigerian’s call corruption were cases of stealing and that stealing was not the same as corruption.

“Over 70 per cent of what are called corruption (cases), even by EFCC (Economic and Financial Crimes Commission) and other anti-corruption agencies, is not corruption, but common stealing,” the president said on national television.

He said most corruption claims were politically motivated.
An allegation by a former Central Bank governor, Sanusi Lamido, that at least $20 billion of oil revenue was missing, has yet to be fully investigated although the government immediately dismissed the claims.

Global Menace

Transparency International said that corruption was a global problem, adding that “not one single country gets a perfect score and more than two-thirds score below 50, on a scale from 0 (highly corrupt) to 100 (very clean).”

“Poorly equipped schools, counterfeit medicine and elections decided by money are just some of the consequences of public sector corruption. Bribes and backroom deals don’t just steal resources from the most vulnerable – they undermine justice and economic development, and destroy public trust in government and leaders,” it added.

“Countries at the bottom need to adopt radical anti-corruption measures in favour of their people. Countries at the top of the index should make sure they don’t export corrupt practices to underdeveloped countries,” advised TI Chair, José Ugaz.


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  • The_Bureau

    Typical! No surprises.

  • Anonymous

    Olodo ni e

    • Wähala


      • Olu

        Obasanjo ni.

        • Wähala


  • MushinSpeaks

    Thanks to Mr President Jonathan who has said stealing is not corruption.

  • Aninta

    Thanks to GEJ and Impunity for relegating corruption to the background.

  • Ette

    This is what the jaundiced government is said to be celebrating. Rather than improve in position among participating countries, it became worse in 2014 when compared on the basis of 177 and the unbridled corrupt people in this government are celebrating a score of 27%. Pity indeed that we have grossly incompetent and unrepentantly corrupt people in power. May God treat them the way they are treating NIGERIANS. Amen.

  • tundemash

    Anyhow you look at it, Dumbo is addicted to corruption……. sorry i meant stealing !

  • Dr. Olorunsola

    Nigerians are NOT ignorant in the sense of not having enough information to act.
    They have more than sufficient facts were they thinking people insistent on honesty.
    So, hectoring these morally dissolute Nigerians to seek liberty is a bloody waste of time.
    Nigerians steal more than they think; and that makes ethics-information useless to them.
    Thieves thrive in a nonrational order of anomie where civil liberty is a hindrance to thefts.

  • Rommel

    Corruption has become an accepted tradition in Nigeria,it is even encouraged in the Pentecostal churches as long as returns is made available, I only feel sorry for the minority who are gutted by this situation

  • Comfortkay

    Corruption is now part of Nigerian Culture. Even small babies in Nigeria are corrupt when they start to cry for nothing until their Mummy give breast then they will be quite this is my observation.
    The worst part of it is that since 1999 PDP has turned NIGERIA to corruption Unlimited.

  • Okikiola Beckley

    Transparency International must be kidding with their assessment. There is no nation that is as corrupt as Nigeria. We breathe and eat corruption. It is a culture and there is no single soul in Nigeria that is not corrupt because there’s no way you can survive or get things done if you don’t bend the rules.

  • T

    This is just mere stealing…our western enemies are making it look like corruption

  • austine007

    President Goodluck Ebelemi Azikwe Jonathan, is not stealing any money ooo… He is ONLY saving them for us in Foreign bank accounts. You can even ask Dame Patience Jonathan she is also helping us store our monies in underground safes…

  • austine007

    The Man Ebelemi Azikwe Goodluck Jonathan is a total fraud. I am so angry with the information I am gathering about him from senior security officers. Everything about his name is a lie… He claimed his name is Azikiwe Ebelechukwu Goodluck Jonathan but his birth certificate proves him a lie… his original name is Ebelemi Azikwe Goodluck Jonathan… Also, Jonathan should tell us more about his birth (I challenge him to publish his birth certificate)… I learnt from his half brother (who we arranged a meeting with at Presidential Hotel Port Harcourt) that he (GEJ) was an illegitimate son born to an unknown man, and his elder sister (also living in the Presidential Villa) was also born by another man by the same mother; Before their mother legally married from the Jonathan’s family in Otuoke. Jonathan was never shoeless as he claimed. Everything he stands for is FRAUD, LIES, DECEIT and CORRUPTION. He has deceived the Ibos by pretending he is one of them but NEVER was! And he has deceived the whole NATION to shoe him empathy but he is callous and wicked to the core…

    • the truth

      You are a fraud.Na ogbu go kill this your mouth. What does it profit you spreading lies.

  • Proudly Niger Deltan

    Can translucency international provide us with the list of countries which harbour the proceeds of stolen funds in cash and property investments? …Sure they wouldn’t becos it is their home countries in UK, US that will come tops.

    ….and small small children on this form with myopic thoughts will not understand. The greatest form of enslavement is that of the mind…this is what Europe & america know too well…and so, they remind you everyday that you are corrupt by publishing list of negatives where you come tops…but fail to publish the reverse list of negatives where they would feature prominently. Sadly, when you look at the comments below, you easily notice the effect of brainwashing. They tell you that you are corrupt, in their own terms, by their own standards…and you believe it….Was slavery less disgusting than corruption? What of colonialism? Were these democratic? Why were there no amnesty whatever during slavery & colonialism?

    ….and after Africans fought physical & ideological wars to extricate itself from these economic migrants, they turn around with structures to protect themselves and present the victims as the bad guys…and you believe it without question bcos you fail to reason with your heads…probably read the wrong history books…and now, those whose armies pee on dead combatants or spray non combatant villagers with bullets while in their sleep, turn around to accuse Nigeria of ‘Human Rights issues’….and idiots are clapping…bcos they know not history…and lack not the ‘real facts’ Nonsense.