The latest Corruption Perception Index (CPI) has disclosed that Nigeria us the second most corrupt country in West Africa.
Nigeria’s ranking on the corruption perception index has continued to drop in the last five years, with the latest report, it was ranked (#159) out of 180 countries surveyed globally.
According to Transparency International’s 2021 Corruption Perception Index, Nigeria dropped to (#159) in 2021, from (#149) in 2020 rankings, scoring 24 points out of 100 points – an indication that corruption in the country’s public sector has worsened over the last five years despite the current administration’s effort to curb bad practices.
The index assigns each country a score on a scale of 0 to 100, where 0 is highly corrupt, and 100 is very clean.
Nigeria follows Guinea Bissau, ranked (#163) on the index as the most corrupt nation in West Africa, scoring 21 points. In Sub-Saharan Africa, South Sudan and Libya are perceived as the most corrupt nations in the region and on earth.
Other countries said to be more corrupt than Nigeria include: Zimbabwe, Chad, Eritrea, Burundi, Comoros, Congo, Guinea Bissau, Democratic Republic of Congo, Libya, Equatorial Guinea, Sudan, and South Sudan.
Meanwhile, Seychelles (#23), Africa’s smallest country, is also its least corrupt nation with a score of 70. Other notable improvements include neighboring countries like Rwanda, South Africa, Ghana, and Tanzania, rising into the list of least corrupt countries.
By Feranmi Okuku