Labaran Maku Blames Nigerians, Media For Negative Corruption Ratings

The Goodluck Jonathan administration has reacted to recent ratings by Transparency International that ranked Nigeria as 35th most corrupt country as well as a recent Gallup Poll that also put the country’s leadership as second most corrupt. According to Nigeria’s Minister of Information, Labaran Maku, both reports were products of interactions with Nigerians as well as negative media reports.

Mr. Maku made the claim while fielding questions yesterday from State House reporters at the end of the weekly Federal Executive Council meeting presided over by President Jonathan. Maku insisted that the corruption ratings were not a true reflection of what is going on in the country.

The minister noted that most of the rating institutions rely on Nigerians’ perceptions of the country as well as media accounts.

while accusing the rating agencies of failing to recognize the efforts of the Jonathan administration to combat corruption, he claimed that the government’s systematic and institutional approaches are gradually yielding results.

Mr. Maku cited what he described as the administration’s efforts to arrest fraud in the fuel subsidy management by prosecuting suspects. He also stated that the administration had initiated audits of ministries, departments and agencies in order to curb graft in the supply of fertilizers and seeds to farmers.

The Information Minister also accused Nigerians of hysterically mobilizing to oppose President Jonathan’s policy to curtail patronage in the oil and gas sector through deregulation. Then he asserted that the administration had continued to take decisive measures against defaulters in the fuel subsidy scam.

The Transparency International rating “is because of the bad reports we get from journalists like you.” Mr. Maku stated. Then he went further to add: “There are so many issues involved in dealing with corruption. When you are systematic and deliberate, the reform goes deeper.”

“The president does not sit in court to imprison people. There are institutions set up to do that.” He therefore called on journalists to follow up on institutional proceedings to get to the root of issues and to unearth omissions and commissions to enable the government to track and act on such.

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  1. It’s more dan impossible for the Nigerian government to admit its faults. Why? None of them agrees dat they are highly corrupt but the country is dying on daily basis. This so called Labaran Mako or whatever, is always sounding like an empty vessel. It’s only transforming the country dat will take a gradual process. But the lootings and squanderings takes the fastest speed. Just imagine the great number of Nigerians who are dying of hunger and starvations every minute of the day. And somebody is here talking bla-bla-bla. Almost 85% youths of the country are being frustrated in life as if they have committed offence by belonging to Nigeria. To say dat this present administration is fight against corruption in Nigeria, means the biggest jokes of the year. A country which has on employment opportunities and made paper-qualifications as the only means of employment, is certainly heading to doom and corruption will be the last thing to leave the country.

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