- CACOL says two ministers in the Buhari government lied about the administration’s success
- The anti-corruption crusader believes the country is fast deteriorating
- It calls on Nigerians to ensure they make the right choices in 2019
With Nigeria bracing up for the 2019 general election, the Centre for Anti-Corruption and Open Leadership has cried out over the state of the nation saying 10 global organisations have confirmed the country is deteriorating.
Comrade Debo Adeniran, the head of the organisation, spoke at a press conference in Lagos attended by NAIJ.com.
The organisation also took a swipe at some governors accusing them of carrying out inhuman practices against the people of their states.
"The alarming records coming out to the public domain from all corners of th4 world show a country that is seriously hemorrhaging because of the brazen looting of its treasury by its greedy leadership.
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"If Nigeria must come out of the present economic doldrums, all Nigerians must be totally and irreversibly own the process for programmatic system change.
"If President Muhammadu Buhari really wants to stamp his footprints in the history of the country's search for industrial and socio-economic advancement, he must change the narratives and consciously massify his clamour for anti-corruption in the younger generations of Nigeria," Adeniran said.
According to him, the annual Corruption Perception Index (CPI) by the Transparency International shows that Nigeria worsened between 2016 and 2017 as it slipped by 12 positions in the country rankings from 136 to 148.
He also said the International Press Freedom Index shows that Nigeria witnessed a decline since President Buhari assumed office in 2015 with a current ranking 122 out of 180 countries according to the 2017 edition of the annual survey.
Others he listed are:
1. The Rule of Law Index (2017/2018) of the World Justice Project which downgraded Nigeria to 97 out of 113 countries
2. The RMB's Africa Investment Attractiveness Index in which Nigeria fell from the top 10 in the 'where to invest in Africa 2018'. It was moved from number six to 13.
3. The Global Retail Development Index which now puts Nigeria at 27 from 19 out of 30 countries surveyed. Here, Nigeria's total sales from the retail sector dropped from $125 billion in 2016 to $109 billion in 2017.
4. The World Economic Forum Networked Readiness Index in which Nigeria dropped seven places to rank 119.
5. Nigeria dropped from 124 to 127 in the GCI analysis of the World Economic Forum (WEF).
6. Ernst and Young's Africa Attractiveness Index in which Nigeria declined 17th position in 2017 from 15th position.
7. World Internal Security and Police Index where the Nigeria Police ranked the worst in Africa and 127th in the world, according to the 2016 International Police Science Association (IPSA) and the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP).
8. The World Economic Forum (WEF) report released by the The Spectator Index on January 15, 2018, which ranked Nigeria the second worst nation in electricity supply.
Adeniran noted that the rankings were not fabricated, but a sincere, statistical presentation of the continuous slide of the country, "no matter the fact that officials have been accepting these only by denials.
"It would be recalled that the minister of agriculture recently claimed that Nigeria's growth in rice production has led to a decline in the export of rice know a certain Asian country which the nation immediately debunked just as the triple minister of housing, power and works claim of improved electricity generation is belief by the deteriorating supply situation in the country.
"CACOL considers these global ranking as a clarion call for government and Nigerians to tighten up our girdle if we are serious about taking Nigeria to greater heights," Adeniran said.
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He further listed the challenges plaguing the country currently to include herdsmen carnage and terrorism, porous borders, national security threats, the Greek gift called millenium wage, the way governors in the country treat workers and education and the de-industrialisation slides of the country.
He pleaded with Nigerians to wake up and ensure that they take the right steps in 2019 and ensure that those aspiring to government at all levels commit to security and social welfare officers the populace before earning votes.
NAIJ.com earlier reported that the Centre for Anti-Corruption and Open Leadership recently commended the presidency for reportedly rejecting an alleged recommendation by Abubakar Malami, the attorney general of the federation (AGF) on the Malabu scandal.
CACOL’s Debo Adeniran said the presidency had finally “woken up from a seemingly induced coma” while accusing Malami of being a clog in the wheel of the anti-corruption fight.
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