Nigeria Ranks as the Most Corrupt Country in the World


It is a ranking intended to establish a hierarchical order for the world’s best countries. But that’s not the news here. Hardly does anyone remember which countries rank at the very top of the list of best countries in the world. It is, however, different when one ranks the worst. Anxiety is usually associated with this exercise simply because no country wishes to be so featured to be worse than any other. Being the worst among nations, irrespective of the index of measurement, connotes an opprobrium that no self-respecting polity would ever wish on its people.

Nigerians have proudly relished the mention of the fact that their country is the most-populous on the African continent, for example. Until arrival of the incumbent Buhari presidency, Nigeria was also rated to be the largest economy on the African continent. Unfortunately, the ongoing economic recession that has brought the country’s monocultural economy to its knees has recently downgraded Nigeria’s economy as no longer Africa’s largest. South Africa has regained that status after only a few years of Nigeria’s occupation of the enviable position. The economic downturn that resulted in the demotion of Nigeria as Africa’s premier economic powerhouse was not an act of God. Domestic and foreign experts concur that Nigeria’s economic woes are the handiwork of its top political leadership who prefer to adopt policies and practices that favor the few privileged but unproductive elements in society by diverting and misapplying resources which should have instead been deployed to augment the nation’s productivity and associated increased wealth-creation potentials of the country’s economy. This is actually the roundabout way of stating that corrupt acts of Nigeria’s top leadership echelon are utilizing corrupt ways and means to retard the productivity and wealth-creation capacity of its citizenry. 

It is hard to swallow the reality that, out of the nearly 200 countries in the world, no other country has been found to be as corrupt as Nigeria.  We have often heard that countries like Colombia, Russia, Egypt, Iran, Kazakhstan, Bolivia, Algeria, Mexico and Pakistan are notorious for corruption globally. But, based on the most resent re-evaluation, it is uniformly agreed that none of the above-mentioned countries is nearly as corrupt as Nigeria. In fact, Nigeria is insurmountable as the most corrupt country in the whole wide world. What a reputation!

It is no wonder why things don’t work as they should for Nigeria and its citizenry. As itemized in this YouTube video, corruption is the direct cause for lack of good roads, public electricity and clean water supply, health facilities and schools. Even national security as well as maintenance of law and order are adversely affected due to corruption which causes misapplication or diversion of resources which ought to have been channeled to provide the services for which they have been earmarked during the official budgeting exercise. Corruption makes funds and other resources allocated for meeting the country’s needs to not reach their targets.

When corruption makes Nigeria to lack good roads, public electricity and clean water supply, health facilities, schools, national security as well as law and other, the country’s economy inevitably goes into a free fall. This is exactly where the country of 170 million finds itself today.

Failure of leadership and governance where it really matters. Centralized corruption.

Devastated “federal” highway at Mbubuo-igba, Ngo – Igboukwu is emblematic of the status of land-transportation infrastructure of a country which has just been rated to be the most corrupt in the whole world.

The distressful aspect of this revelation is that this disgraceful ranking occurred after nearly two years of a so-called war against corruption by the Buhari administration. It is either that the Buhari administration fosters and promotes corruption or that it has no clue, whatsoever, about what corruption is, not to mention how to fight and eradicate it. Nigeria was not ranked as poorly when President Buhari come to power as now that he has been at the driver’s seat for nearly two years. What does this say to an unbiased observer? One conclusion that must be reached is that the Buhari presidency has exacerbated corruption in Nigeria instead of eradicating it. Is it not amazing that the key plank in Buhari’s campaign platform in 2015 was the pledge to eradicate corruption from all niches of the Nigerian society?