Daily Trust (Abuja)

10 December 2012

Nigeria: Transparency Rating Faults FG's Anti-Graft War - ACN

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Cartoon depicting corruption in the Nigerian petroleum sector

The Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) yesterday said Nigeria's poor rating by Transparency International in its 2012 Corruption Perception Index (CPI) was an indication that President Goodluck Jonathan administration's claim of fighting corruption was an "empty boast." The report rated Nigeria 35th most corrupt country.

The party's spokesman Lai Mohammed said in a statement that "Despite the presidency's self-delusion, Nigeria remains among the most corrupt nations on earth.

"It is also instructive that Liberia and Sierra Leone, which Nigeria helped to liberate from the throes of war, are now doing much better in fighting corruption than the country (Nigeria), just like much smaller and less-endowed nations like Niger, Gambia, Burkina Faso and Mali are better rated."

He added that, "The massive oil subsidy scam, the Malabu oil scandal, the pension scam, and now the Nigerian Security Printing and Minting N2.1 billion scam are just a few of the corruption scandals that have dogged the Jonathan Administration. In all of these and more, the administration has show an amazing lack of political will in investigating the scams and prosecuting perpetrators.

"One of such is Petroleum Minister Diezani Alison-Madueke, who was quoted as saying that Nigerians are unable to get petroleum products without stress because they demanded transparency and accountability in the oil sector."

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