The Action Congress of Nigeria has said the country’s poor rating by Transparency International in its 2012 Corruption Perception Index has shown as an empty boast the Jonathan presidency’s claim that corruption has gone down under its watch.
In a statement issued in Ilorin on Sunday by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party expressed serious concern at the negative impact that runaway corruption is having on the country’s economy as well as the image of the country.
ACN said the “harvest of corruption scandals” that have dogged the Jonathan Administration is probably unprecedented in the country’s history, and that this has been attested to by the global anti-corruption body in its latest CPI.
“Sadly, despite the presidency’s self-delusion, Nigeria remains among the most corrupt nations on earth.”
According to the latest CPI, Nigeria – Africa’s most populous nation and one of the continent’s biggest economies was not listed among the top 35 least corrupt nations in Africa, even when it is ranked the 35th most corrupt nations
in the world!
“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
It blamed Nigeria’s precarious position in the global anti-corruption battle on the fact that the Jonathan Administration has
not only become corruption scandal-prone, it has also allowed impunity to thrive by paying only lip service to probing the
“The massive oil subsidy scam, the Malabu oil scandal, the pension scam, and now the Nigerian Security Printing and Minting Company’s 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 shown an amazing lack of political will in investigating the scams and prosecuting perpetrators
“Worse still, key administration officials have shown from their careless comments that they either do not understand what it
means to fight corruption or they are just trivialising it. 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
“What the Minister is saying, in essence, is that uninterrupted fuel supply as well as probity and accountability cannot go hand in hand, that Nigerians much choose between enjoying abundant fuel supply and a well-managed, corruption-free oil sector.
“In saner climes and with an administration that is committed to fighting corruption, such a minister will be long gone!” ACN said.
The party said amidst the glaring evidence of worsening corruption in Nigeria, President Jonathan has continued to talk and act as
if the country is in fact corruption-free, wondering what was responsible for the wide gulf between the President’s perception and
“President Jonathan must wake from his slumber and face the reality that corruption is fast eating deep into the soul of Nigeria, having
already decimated the body. He must stop playing the ostrich and lead the way in the fight against corruption before it consumes the
country,” ACN said.