Five years on, Buhari government yet to deliver on anti-corruption fight

DESPITE the pledge by President Muhammadu Buhari and his party,  APC to fight corruption in Nigeria among other campaign promises, the public record shows that this administration has not yet made a dent on corruption, one of the biggest problems stagnating Nigerian progress.

The ICIR examined the global corruption data published by Transparency International since 2003 and found that Nigeria has not recorded significant progress in the anti-corruption fight.

During his campaign ahead of 2015 election,  Buhari promised that “anyone who steals Nigeria’s money will end up in Kirikiri Maximum Prisons. We are going to make sure that Nigeria’s wealth belongs only to Nigerians”.

The president’s promise draws from the party manifesto  stating that it will “prevent abuse of executive, legislative and public offices through greater accountability, transparency and strict enforcement of anti-corruption laws whilst strengthening the EFCC and ICPC.”

Five years down the line, it is business as usual. Public officials and politicians still continue to misappropriate public funds with little or no consequence.

Many cases of corruption that had taken place under this administration are well documented in the media. Civil society and international organizations also have reported about unbridled corruption during the Buhari administration. Hence, the little progress made in the fight against corruption as documented by Transparency International.

According to Transparency International, Corruption can take many forms such as public servants demanding or taking money or favours in exchange for services, politicians misusing public money or granting public jobs or contracts to their sponsors, friends and families, and corporations bribing officials to get lucrative deals.

In 20o7 when former President Olusegun Obasanjo left office, the Anti-Corruption Index, ACI for Nigeria was rated at 22 out of 100.  The Anti Corruption Index gives numbers from 0 to 100, where 100 is the best index. When his successor, late President Umaru Musa Yar’adua died in office in 2010, the anti-corruption index of 24, and when former President Goodluck Jonathan left office in 2015, the index for Nigeria was 26.

Between 2016 and 2018, the index hovered 27 and 28 and by the end of Buari’s first term in office, the anti-corruption index is back at 26.

Among the 180 countries ranked, Nigeria now takes  146th position, slipping from 136th place when President Buhari was first inaugurated.

The ICIR sent a message to the spokespersons of the president, Femi Adesina and Garba Shehu, asking for comment on the performance of their principal, none of them responded.




    A renowned economist at Johns Hopkins University and a critic of Buhari administration, Professor Steve Hanke tweeted in November that  “Under Buhari’s “watchful eye”, corruption runs rampant.”

    Similarly, in a statement issued by the president of the National Association of Seadogs (Pyrates Confraternity) Abuja Chapter, Victor Ofili, the group condemns corruption in its entirety.

    “As an advocacy organization whose ideals are grounded on the promotion of a just society, we strongly condemn corruption in its entirety. This global scourge has its tentacles spread across all the countries of the world in varying degrees and has consistently undermined growth and development particularly in Nigeria and other developing countries,” he said.

    Secretary-General of the United Nations, António Guterres  has noted in a tweet that “Recovery from pandemic must include measures to prevent and combat corruption and bribery.”

    Here is a list of reports by The ICIR showing corrupt practices in public offices:

    1. Non-existing office of Buhari’s Chief Economic Adviser gets approval for N573.45m in five years
    2. COVID-19: Nigeria’s health agency inflates prices of infrared thermometers by more than 200 percent
    3. COVID-19: Nigeria’s health agency inflates prices of infrared thermometers by more than 200 percent
    4. COVID-19 Funds: NCDC spends N202 million on six items without procurement plan
    5. INVESTIGATION: COVID-19 response projects worth N534.98 million awarded to unverified contractors
    6. Erosion wrecks homes, livelihoods in Anambra as Ecological Fund Office fritters intervention fund

     

    COVID-19: Nigeria’s health agency inflates prices of infrared thermometers by more than 200 percent

     

    Fraud allegations rock NAFDAC

     

     

    Non-existing office of Buhari’s Chief Economic Adviser gets approval for N573.45m in five years

    Fraud in Ivory Towers: How millions went into private pockets at Federal University Lokoja

    COVID-19 Funds: NCDC spends N202 million on six items without procurement plan

     

    Erosion wrecks homes, livelihoods in Anambra as Ecological Fund Office fritters intervention fund

    INVESTIGATION: COVID-19 response projects worth N534.98 million awarded to unverified contractors

    Ajibola Amzat, Managing Editor at The ICIR. He can be reached via [email protected]
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