Global perception of the anti-corruption battle in Nigeria got a modicum of approval, yesterday, after the global anti-corruption body, Transparency International, TI, moved the country four places up in its yearly ranking of public sector transparency.
Nigeria's 139 ranking was up from the 143rd position the country was ranked last year, according to the TI ranking released early yesterday. This came as the Federal Government, yesterday, dismissed the rating by TI, saying it was a product of "synopsis of negative media reports."
The relatively better ranking nonetheless, reactions within the country was not cheery as it was the opinion of many that corruption remained deeply rooted in the nation's body polity. In the release made available on its website, TI put Nigeria in a joint 139 position with Azerbaijan, Kenya, Nepal and Pakistan among the 178 nation's surveyed. Nigeria was effectively ranked as the 35th most corrupt country in the world.
In the rankings last year, Nigeria got a total score of 2.4 out of a total of 10. The ranking based on public sector corruption, among other indices, followed a total score of 27 out of 100 in the Corruption Perception Index, CPI.
The CPI is the degree to which corruption is perceived to permeate among public officials and politicians in a country by the business community and country experts. The scale is based on a rating of 100 for very clean to 0 for very corrupt.