Nigeria has been progressing on administrative burden in the past decade, although it still has a lot to do on fiscal transparency and regulatory quality. Constrained by a poor security situation and an ethnic patronage structure, the country has not struggling with corruption: most of its citizens appreciate the efforts of the government, despite its limited impact so far. Nigeria needs full transparency of expenditures, property, procurement and proceeds of natural resources, as well as drawing more on social accountability for audits of public projects. However, the number of enlightened citizens is still small and insufficient progress was made on e-government and e-participation.
Selected trends from the Public Integrity Index
Trends in Judicial Independence, Administrative Burden, Freedom of the Press over the past 13 years
Corruption, perceived and traceable, is undoubtedly high in Nigeria. There is only limited intent to control the ‘wolf’ that is corruption. Judiciary, executive and the private sector are closely intertwined. The largest share of wealth is concentrated in the hands of the few and accrued illicitly. It peaks in the capture of the state by private interests of corporations and public officials. Public officials additionally abuse their office to siphon public funds. 112 million Nigerians are consequently left impoverished. Perception and the more objective administrative burden indicator suggest that the situation is not changing. Upped efforts of President Buhari to reduce corruption raise hope. The instrumentalisation of the anticorruption agency to target only political rivals cast doubt on the systemic eradication of corruption in Nigeria.