Presidency Blames PDP Over Transparency International Ranking
The Nigerian Presidency has accused the main opposition, the Peoples Democratic Party for the recent corruption perception index by Transparency International (TI).
On Thursday TI ranked Nigeria 146 of 180 countries studied, two points lower than 148 the country was rated in 2018.
The international organisation credited the drop in the ranking on the attack on the media and journalists exposing corruption, selective anti-graft war and ingrained corruption practices in critical sectors.
The Presidential spokesman said on Channels TV programme on Friday that the PDP was responsible for the recent ranking
According to Shehu, Nigeria was ranked low because of constant statements from the opposition party.
Like the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), the federal government described the ranking as appalling and baseless.
Shehu argued on Channels TV that the report is not factual but merely based on secondary data.
He said the TI rank is only a perception and does not reflect the true position on the ground.
“In fairness to the TI that presented the report, they said themselves that it is not research-based,” Shehu said.
“So, it is not fact-based but based on secondary data; information collected here and there. In effect, anybody could put together this kind of report from press releases issued by opposition political parties.”
Shehu described the statement as harsh and unfair, adding that President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration has achieved a lot.
”It is hearsay, somebody said something and we are picking it from there.”