Presidential aide, Garba Shehu has expressed that Nigerians used to see corruption as a normal thing until President Muhammadu Buhari became the nation’s leader in 2015.
President Buhari’s spokesperson, Garba Shehu, expressed that Nigeria’s latest poor corruption ranking is an indictment of Nigerians and not the current administration.
Nigeria ranked as the 26th most corrupt country in the world in the latest global ranking of public sector corruption, according to Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) 2020 report released last week.
Shehu stated during an interview on Channels TV on Monday, that the report is actually a judgement on Nigerians and not Buhari’s fight against corruption.
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He said, “If you look at the major indices they used in arriving at these conclusions, they used eight indices, six of which found Nigeria to be more or less in the same position – nothing is lost.
“The two they dwelled on that caused this backslide are essentially Nigerian problems. When they looked at the varieties of democracy, they’re talking about the political culture of this country – vote-buying, all these things about thuggery. Is it Buhari that is a thug? We’re not doing thuggery.
“And when they talk about the justice project, which is also a big minus in that report, they’re talking about perceived corruption in the judiciary. These perceptions are essentially not correct.”