The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, has faulted reports by Transparency International about corruption in the country and how such reports are perceived.
Adesina said this when he appeared on Channels Television’s special Independence Programme on Monday.
“We have spoken many times about that ranking and my position is that that ranking is not strictly about government, it is about Nigeria and her people,” said
Adesina when asked about Nigeria’s fall from 136 to 148 on Corruption Perception Perception Index (CPI) for 2017, two years after the time the Federal Government started its anti-corruption war.
He added, “Some people want to make it seem as if it is a vote of no confidence in government or it is a lower mark for the government. I don’t agree, I think it is a lower mark for the people because the people constitute the country.
“And if things do not seem to have worked as they should work, the people also have part of the blame.”
The Presidency had rejected the Corruption Perception Index when it was released in February and Mr Adesina suggested it would not be taking such reports seriously.
“As much as I respect Transparency International, I don’t think we necessarily need them to authenticate what is going on in the country; because we, Nigerians, know that there is a war against corruption ongoing and that war is succeeding.
“There are strides being taken. It may not be there yet, and we are not there, but we are on the way there. So, let no agency from any part of the world come to think that whatever it says is the gospel to us.”