Despite the ongoing war against corruption being waged by President Muhammadu Buhari, global anti-corruption agency, Transparency International, TI, has retained Nigeria in its 136th position out of the 170 countries in its latest ranking of global corruption perception index.
Chairman of TI, Jose Ugaz, who disclosed this yesterday after the anti- corruption watchdog released a list of its 2015 corruption perception index, observed that corruption remains a blight around the world.
Ugaz stated that 2015 was also a year when people around the world sent a strong signal to those in power that it was time to tackle corruption with various protests across the globe, stressing that more countries, however, improved in 2015.
The five least corrupt countries according to TI are: Denmark, Finland, Sweden, New Zealand and Netherlands. While the five most corrupt countries are: South Sudan (163) (tied with Angola), Sudan (165), Afghanistan (166), Somalia (167 tied) with North Korea.
Denmark remained at the top for the second consecutive year as the country perceived as least corrupt. It scored 91 points out of a possible 100 while North Korea and Somalia remained at the bottom with unchanged scores of 8.
Countries like Australia, Brazil, Libya, Spain and Turkey, have deteriorated according to TI.
According to the report, countries like Greece, Senegal and the UK are among those that have seen a significant increase in scores since 2012. The U.K stepped up three spots to place 10th, with a score of 81 that tied it with Germany and Luxembourg. The other top spots, from second to ninth, were occupied by Finland, Sweden, New Zealand, Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland, Singapore and Canada.
In sub-Saharan Africa, the report revealed that there was no improvement for Nigeria and South Africa as 40 out of the continent’s 46 countries showed a serious corruption problem.