Presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu has said that the latest Transparency International’s rating on corruption reflects Nigerians and not the personality of President Muhammadu Buhari.
It will be recalled that the 2020 index released on Thursday, shows that Nigeria has dropped to 149 out of the 180 countries surveyed
It added that Nigeria scored a very poor 25 out of 100 points.
Lending his voice on the matter, Buhari’s image builder said that index reflects corruption by Nigerians and not Buhari’s government.
He made this remark on Monday when he featured on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily,
“I’ll tell you that this one by TI is not a judgment on Buhari or his administration or its war against corruption, I will tell you that this one is judgement on Nigerians because if you look at the indices they used at arriving at these conclusions, they used eight indices, six of which showed Nigeria as being more or less Nigeria in the same position,” Shehu said.
“The two that they dwelled on, that caused this backslide, are essentially Nigerian problems. They’re talking about the political culture of this country, vote-buying, thuggery. Is it Buhari that is a thug? We’re not doing thuggery.
“And when they talk about the justice sector, they are talking about perceived corruption in the judiciary. These perceptions are essentially not correct. Yes, there are issues in that sector but so many changes are going on in that sector wouldn’t it have been nice if they acknowledged it so that you encourage those judicial officers that are upright and then the system gets getting better.”
The TI report said: “The CPI draws upon 13 data sources which capture the assessment of experts and business executives on a number of corrupt behaviours in the public sector including bribery, diversion of public funds, use of public office for private gain, nepotism in the civil service