Acting chairman of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, says the recent low rating of Nigeria by the Transparency International, TI, as regards Global Corruption Perception, CPI; index, was a case of corruption fighting back.
He stated this in Enugu at the weekend during a working tour of the commission’s south east zonal office in Enugu and Anambra states.
The TI had, in its latest CPI, placed Nigeria at number 148 out of 180 countries, stating that corruption in the country had worsened in the last two years when Nigeria ranked 136 on its list.
In his reaction, the EFCC acting chairman pointed out that Nigeria met all the eight requirements as contained in the nine-point protocol, but only scored low in one point.
He went on to state that the President Muhammadu Buhari administration and the EFCC had done better in the fight against corruption more than ever before.
Magu said: “We have met almost every demand. So it’s corruption fighting back. You will see them carrying a lot of false information, buying all the media organisations.
“I don’t believe in that TI rating, I don’t believe it’s real because from what we have done, we have worked very hard and we have recorded a lot of successes that had never been recorded before in this country; it has never been done so well.
“I’m not giving the credit for myself. We have never done so well like this before.
“When you go through this list, you will see how they even arrived at the perception, if you go from these variables, all other variables minus one, the rating of Nigeria compared to 2016 has increased, the only last variable which they gave us low mark is not issue of corruption.”
The EFCC boss however said that commission would do everything possible to improve the rating and “not leave it to corruption fighting back.”
He solicited the cooperation of civil society groups, the media and all Nigerians in the fight against corruption, stressing that the anti-graft agency cannot do it alone.