Dr. Salihu Lukman, faulted Transparency International’s 2020 report on Corruption Perception, alleging political motives

The Director General, Progressives Governors’ Forum, PGF, Dr. Salihu Lukman, has faulted the recently released report by Transparency International 2020 report on Corruption Perception Index, CPI, on Nigeria, alleging political motives.

Dr. Lukman said the 2020 report claims that Nigeria scores 25 out of 100 points in the 2020 CPI, which means that the country is one of the most corrupt countries in the world, ranking 149 out of 183.

Responding to the report in a statement, the APC chieftain alleged that the report was based on opinions without reliable proof.

According to Dr. Lukman, the said report was a poor attempt to politicise the fight against corruption largely because it completely ignores all the empirical cases that should have provided objective indicators for the performance of Nigerian government. 

While stressing that it was important to understand that no government was perfect or successfully eliminated corruption, Dr. Lukman argued that the CPI 2020 report on Nigeria presented a bad approach to engaging the Nigerian government in the fight against corruption. 

Dr. Lukman claimed that the report was orchestrated to influence the 2023 general election rather than a true reflection of the country’s corruption index.

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