Nigeria, the most populated country in Africa which is often referred to as the giant of Africa, is perceived to be the most corrupt among 60 countries evaluated, according to data from the 2016 Best Countries rankings. If you are a Nigerian, no need to panic because this rankings was based on Perception. Although we know that most Naija (Nigeria) guys are into scam or fraud which is commonly known in Nigeria as either “419” or “Yahoo Yahoo”.
You’ve got to love Nigeria because it is a very interesting country. Although polygamy is not officially legalized in Nigeria the way it is in Kanya, it is also not prohibited and that makes it more interesting for those who practice it. What a free country. If you want to chat with Nigerians, visit their discussion group. The Best Countries rankings evaluate 60 countries across 24 rankings drawn from a survey of more than 16,000 global citizens.
Talking about the countries in the world, every country has it’s ups and downs, good and bad side. Nigeria, which took number one position on the list is actually a highly corrupt country.
Bribes are often the order of the day in most of the offices up to the extent that the Nigerians no longer see it as bribe, rather they see it as part of their system because Nigerians are used to bribing their way through in order to get their entitlement even if they are not supposed to pay for it.
The Nigerian police at roadblocks often extort the drivers on the road. Various videos have popped up on the internet in support of this claim.
Two policemen (in uniform) were also seen fighting in front of a bank over alleged bribe which was not shared equally between them. See commotion in Nigeria for details.
Due to the high rate of corruption in Nigeria, presidential elections are often won by incumbent governments who often rig election to stay in power.
The new president, Muhammadu Buhari became the first opposition party candidate to win presidential election in Nigeria.
During his presidential campaign, president Buhari promised to crack down on corruption. Many Nigerians doubt his ability to do this successfully as his wife Aisha Buhari was seen in Buhari’s inaugural ceremony putting on a wristwatch worth over 50,000 USD.
He reiterated his willingness to crack down on corruption in his acceptance speech as President-elect of Nigeria.
“we shall strongly battle another form of evil that is even worse than terrorism-the evil of corruption. Corruption attacks and seeks to destroy our national institutions and character. By misdirecting into selfish hands funds intended for the public purpose, corruption distorts the economy and worsens income inequality. It creates a class of unjustly-enriched people.”
Buhari has reportedly sold some of the private jets which belong to Nigeria because according to him, the country does not need those expensive jets and they are waste of fund.
It is good that Buhari is taking such actions but the problem is after selling those planes, what did he do with the money? This is where corruption comes in.
If such a move is to be made in advance countries, even before the so-called expensive government planes are being sold, the government will keep the citizens informed about what they plan to do with the proceeds from the sale.