Corruption is getting worse in Nigeria, according to the latest corruption perception index (CPI) released by Transparency International (TI).
While the country scored 27/100 and was ranked 136th in 2016, the latest CPI scores Nigeria 27 with a rank of 148 — a significant 12 places below where it was the previous year.
This will come as a blow to the President Muhammadu Buhari administration who came into office on the strength of his anti-corruption credential.
Although the administration has put many suspects on trial and seized assets of politicians and government officials, it has also been accused of condoning corrupt practices by top government officials.
The index, which ranks 180 countries and territories by their perceived levels of public sector corruption in the opinion of experts and business people, uses a scale of 0 to 100, where 0 is highly corrupt and 100 is very clean, according to TI.