Nigeria has moved up four places on the Transparency International, TI, Corruption Perception Index, CPI, for 2018, according to the latest report unveiled on Tuesday morning.
The country is ranked 144 out of the 180 countries that were surveyed last year, an upward movement of four places, compared to 148/180 in 2017.
Nigeria’s score, however, remained the same for two years, at 27/100.
In 2016, the country scored 28/100, and was ranked 136th.
In a statement released along with the 2018 report, on Tuesday morning, Patricia Moreira, the Managing Director of Transparency International, emphasised the need “to do more to strengthen checks and balances, and protect citizens’ rights”, with many democratic institutions “under threat across the globe”.
Corruption chips away at democracy to produce a vicious cycle, where corruption undermines democratic institutions, and in turn, weak institutions are less able to control corruption”, she added.
The latest ranking came on the heels of the clamour by former President, Olusegun Obasanjo, and opposition political parties, calling on President Buhari to resign, because he has performed poorly economically, and his fight against corruption.