In the latest iteration of the 2019 corruption perception index published by Transparency International, Nigeria has received a worse ranking when it comes to the most corrupt African country.
Is Nigeria the most corrupt African country?
According to the report released on Thursday, Nigeria has dropped three places and is now ranked 149th out of the 180 countries considered. The country was ranked 146th in TI’s 2019 report.
The country scored 25 out of 100 points, dropping from the 26 points in 2019.
The index ranks 180 countries and territories by their perceived levels of public sector corruption. This is in the opinion of experts and business people, uses a scale of 0 to 100, where 0 is highly corrupt, and 100 is very clean.
With this latest ranking, Nigeria is now the second most corrupt country in West Africa, with Guinea-Bissau the only country more corrupt than Nigeria in the sub-region.
In Africa, only 12 countries are ranked as more corrupt than Nigeria. They are Zimbabwe, Chad, Eritrea, Burundi, Congo, Guinea Bissau, Democratic Republic of Congo, Libya, Equatorial Guinea, Sudan, Somalia and South Sudan.
Meanwhile, Somalia and South Sudan were ranked as the most corrupt nations on earth.