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Corruption: Nigerians have given up on government

12 July 2013, 11:02Henry Ifeanyi

 Lagos - The majority of Nigerians believe the government is failing to fight corruption, according to a report by Transparency International (TI).

According to a survey conducted by Transparency International, 75 percent of Nigerians said government efforts were ineffective at stopping corruption.

The survey, which sampled the opinion of 1 000 individuals across the country, revealed that 72 percent of Nigerians believed that corruption had increased tremendously in the past two years.

Political parties and the police were deemed the most corrupt with 94 percent of respondents believing political parties were extremely corrupt, while 92 percent believed the police to be unscrupulous. A total of 81 percent of the respondents had reportedly paid bribes to the police.

Other institutions that performed abysmally in the survey are the legislature with 77 percent corruption perception, the civil service with 69 percent, the judiciary with 66 percent and the education system with 54 percent.

The military has a 45 percent corruption rating. Medical and health services are tied with businesses with 41 percent corruption perception, while the media and non-governmental organisations have a perception rate of 33 and 32 percent respectively.

Meanwhile, 56 percent of the respondents believe ordinary people can make a difference in the fight against corruption, in line with the world view.

- CAJ News

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