Ekiti State governor , Ayodele Fayose has described the new report by Transparency International (TI), which revealed that the perception of corruption in Nigeria worsened between 2016 and 2017, as true.
Nigeria ranked 148 out of 180 countries assessed in 2017 on the Transparency International annual Corruption Perception Index, showing deterioration in perception of corruption in public administration in Nigeria compared to 2016.
Fayose said the report was another vindication of his position that the All Progressives Congress (APC) government of President Muhammadu Buhari was not fighting any corruption but sweeping it under the carpet.
He cited the case of EFCC chairman Ibrahim Magu as a case of corruption being swept under the carpet with APC broom by Buhari’s government.
Fayose stated this in a statement issued in Ado Ekiti on Thursday, by his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka.
“Transparency International only confirmed what I have said before that President Buhari is only hiding under anti-corruption fight to harass his perceived political foes while protecting corrupt people in his government.
“Transparency International has placed a question mark on the president’s claim to integrity.
“Fact is that President Buhari is presiding over the worse form of corruption in the history of Nigeria and the good thing is that despite their propaganda, they have not been able to hide the rot in their government from the eagle eyes of international organisations like the Transparency International.
“In the last few months, Nigerians have been confronted with messy revelations like the fraudulent reinstatement of Abdullahi Maina, alleged award of $25 billion contracts without following due process, Attorney General of the Federation’s declaration that the EFCC lacked evidence to prove its allegations of sharp practices against prominent players in the Malabu Oil deal, alleged re-looting of exotic properties recovered from alleged looters of Pension Funds, among others.
“Even the Acting Chairman of EFCC, Ibrahim Magu was indicted by the DSS indictment for corruption.
“Therefore, the reality as revealed by the Transparency International is that the federal government under President Buhari is using APC broom to sweep corruption involved top functionaries of the government under the carpet while setting lion after opposition figure even on mere rumour of corruption,” the statement read.