Nigeria is ranked third worst governed country in the world, according to the Chandler Good Government Index, which was published for the first time.
The ability to deal with corruption effectively is the best predictor of good governance, according to the report. As a result, Nigeria was ranked 102 out of 104 nations, with a score of 0.319, ahead of Zimbabwe and Venezuela.
The US has repeatedly accused President Muhammadu Buhari’s government of plundering Nigeria with impunity.
Mr Buhari’s regime refused to take steps to stem systematic looting using current laws that criminalize bribery in public service, according to the United States’ annual report on human rights for 2020.
In addition, the nation is experiencing unprecedented terror attacks in all 36 of its states.
The index was introduced in Singapore on Monday and is based on a scale of 0 to 1.
The CGGI clarified that the ranking was based on the results of the COVID-19 pandemic, which revealed the strengths and weaknesses in countries’ governments, rules, and leadership, as governance determines a country’s performance.
Finland topped the global rankings with 0.848 points, ahead of Switzerland and Singapore, but on the continent, Mauritius scored 0.5670, putting it in 38th place and making it Africa’s best performer.
The countries’ performance was measured using 34 parameters in the index. Leadership and foresight are among them, as are strong laws and regulations, strong structures, financial stewardship, an appealing marketplace, global reach and prestige, and assisting people in their ascent.
“Despite the fact that the law offers criminal penalties for official corruption convictions, the government did not effectively enforce the law, and government officials often engaged in corrupt activities with impunity,” according to the US report.
“All levels of government, including the judiciary and security services, were affected by massive, widespread, and systemic corruption.”
The president, vice president, governors, and deputy governors have all continued to benefit from the constitutional immunity provision that protects them from prosecution while in office, according to the study.
Mr Buhari was elected in 2015 on the basis of a widely repeated argument that he will combat corruption. He has, however, largely failed to keep his pledge to end the threat, with reports of illegal activity among his officials on a regular basis.
The president has also turned a blind eye to credible accusations of corruption leveled against his officials and political allies, including Tunde Fashola and Bola Tinubu.
The 2020 study also backed up the findings of the anti-corruption watchdog Transparency International, which found that Mr Buhari and his officials were far more corrupt than the governments they decried before taking office.
The regime, on the other hand, fought back against allegations of corruption, with officials such as information minister Lai Mohammed and presidential spokesman Garba Shehu dismissing Transparency International and other NGOs’ findings as one-sided and lacking in parameters.
Mr Buhari’s administration has yet to react to the CGGI’s latest rating