Corruption: Government, The People Share Blame — Femi Adesina
The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, has taken a swipe on Transparency International’s report that corruption has increased in Nigeria.
In an interview with Channels TV last night, Adesina said the increase in corruption index has to do with Nigerians being involved in the very act of corruption and not just within government circle.
The presidential spokesperson noted that Nigeria’s fall from 136 to 148 on Corruption Perception Index (CPI) for 2017, two years after the Federal Government began its anti-corruption crusade, is primarily because of the involvement of Nigerians in the acts of corruption. He however did not say whether ‘Nigerians’ involved in corruption are from the private or public sector or both. He argued that the increase in corruption index is not a poor reflection on the part of the government.
“We have spoken many times about that ranking and my position is that ranking is not strictly about government, it is about Nigeria and her people. 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.” he said
Adesina said Nigeria does not need Transparency International to authenticate the government’s war against corruption.
“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.”