In its latest report, “Nigeria Anti-Corruption Performance Assessment Survey,” made public in Lagos on Tuesday, anti-corruption advocacy group, Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, scored the Federal Government low in its fight against corruption.
The 57-page report was a documentation of a survey carried out by SERAP in the country’s six geo-political zones between November and December 2018.
It captured the views of 2,655 Nigerians across Adamawa, Kaduna, Kano, Ondo, Lagos, Rivers and Enugu states as well as the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
The survey assessed the impact of President Muhammadu Buhari’s anti-corruption fight in the last four years in the education, health, energy, police and judiciary sectors.
It concluded that despite that anti-graft war is a cardinal programme of the current administration, corruption has not abated.
In fact, majority of the Nigerians, whose views were captured in the report, believe that in spite of government’s anti-graft crusade, the level of corruption in the country will rise “in the coming year,” rather than reduce.
They are of the view that government’s anti-corruption efforts are “inadequate and unconvincing.”
They also hinged their skepticism on the fact that “elections do not result in a different government,” adding that “most leaders are corrupt and only pursue personal interests.”
The report, on its page 21, stated that, “When asked to project the level of corruption in the coming year, about 41 per cent (of respondents) believed it will either increase or remain the same with about third of the respondents expecting corruption levels to increase.”
SERAP said the outcome of the survey should “trigger reflection among the various anti-corruption bodies in Nigeria.”
But the acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Magu, believes that the Buhari anti-corruption crusade is a huge success.
In December, Magu said his agency had recovered not less than N794bn, $261m, £1.1m and 407 mansions, since the Buhari anti-graft campaign began in 2015.
But there is scanty information in the public domain as to what the government is doing or has done with the huge sums Magu said has been recovered.