Global anti-corruption watchdog, Transparency International (TI), has again ranked Nigeria low in its 2017 Corruption Perception Perception Index (CPI) released on Wednesday.
The latest ranking has Nigeria in the 148th position out of 180. Nigeria scored 28 out 100, a figure lower than the average in the Sub-Sharan region.
This latest report by TI indicates that Nigeria has not made progress in its fight against corruption. In the 2016 rankings, Nigeria scored 27. In 2015, it scored 26. The year before that, it scored 25. In 2014, the country scored 27 and 25 in 2013.
In 2012, the country’s score was 27 out of 100. According to TI, higher levels of corruption are common in countries where there is media and civil society repression.
This year, New Zealand and Denmark rank highest with scores of 89 and 88 respectively. Syria, South Sudan and Somalia rank lowest with scores of 14, 12 and 9 respectively.
Western Europe was ranked the best performing region with an average score of 66. The worst performing regions are Sub-Saharan Africa (average score 32) and Eastern Europe and Central Asia (average score 34).TI stated that almost all journalists killed since 2012 were killed in corrupt countries.
Patricia Moreira, TI’s Managing Director said, “No activist or reporter should have to fear for their lives when speaking out against corruption. Given current crackdowns on both civil society and the media worldwide, we need to do more to protect those who speak up,”.
TI’s analysis, which used data from the Committee to Protect Journalists, indicated that over the last six years, more than nine out of 10 journalists were killed in countries that scored 45 or less on the CPI.
This, said TI, implies that at least a journalist is killed every week in a country that is highly corrupt.
It added that an average of one in five journalists that died was covering a story about corruption and majority of the victims never get justice.
Nigeria is ranked 148 along with Guinea and Comoros.