According to the latest rating released by Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index, CPI, Nigeria is ranked 136th alongside Russia, Cameroon, Iran, Kyrgyzstan and Lebanon, as the least transparent countries.
Despite President Goodluck Jonathan’s pledge that his administration would end the scourge of corruption ravaging the country, Nigeria only performed marginally better than its 2013 rating.
The most corrupt country is Afghanistan, which ranked 172nd, while the most transparent nation in the world is Denmark.
On per 100 score, Nigeria totalled 27 aggregate points, better than 2013 when it scored 25.
Though still woeful, the country’s scant improvement from last year’s survey may be because fewer countries were surveyed in 2014 than 2013.
Last year, a total of 177 countries were surveyed as opposed to the 174 countries surveyed in 2014.
Transparency International’s CPI is the leading indicator of public sector corruption, offering a yearly snapshot of the relative degree of the corruption problem by ranking countries from all over the globe.
The CPI, which relies on expert opinion worldwide, is a measurement of the perceived levels of public sector corruption worldwide.