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Nigeria’s Anti-corruption Rating May Dent 2011 Elections . by Gbawe: 8:58am On Aug 24, 2010
http://tribune.com.ng/index.php/front-page-news/10129-nigerias-anti-corruption-rating-may-dent-2011-elections-uk-us-france-germany-obamas-secret-delegation-to-meet-jonathan


Nigeria’s anti-corruption rating may dent 2011 elections -UK, US, France, Germany •Obama’s secret delegation to meet Jonathan

Written by Taiwo Adisa, Abuja
Tuesday, 24 August 2010

ELECTION experts from major Western countries, including the United States of America,(USA), United Kingdom (UK), Canada, France and Germany, who have been coming into Nigeria ahead of the 2011 elections, have expressed fears that the lull in the country’s fight against corruption could rob Nigeria of the much needed credible elections.

Insights into some reports already collated by diplomatic sources indicated that covert investigations by the different embassies had revealed a lukewarm attitude to corruption in Nigeria in the last two years.


Government sources confirmed that President Goodluck Jonathan had been inundated with reports of increasing wave of corruption in Nigeria during his recent meetings with officials of the UK, Canada, France and the USA governments.
It was also gathered that the US, which has vowed to provide technical assistance to Nigeria for the successful conduct of the 2011 elections, had sent teams of experts to covertly study the situation in Nigeria.

Sources with information about the submissions of the teams of experts revealed that activities of corrupt officials could ruin government’s commitment to free and fair elections.

“The influence of money in elections in the Third World cannot be underestimated. The situation in Nigeria is such that too much of what is called free money is allowed in the system. A number of officials corner the public till and use it for whatever they like,” one of the reports indicated.

Diplomatic sources confirmed, however, that unlike in the years past, many Nigerian officials were being allowed to move out of the country with illicit funds.


“The departments of government are losing sight of the huge funds being moved outside the country on a daily basis. There is the possibility that such funds are being repatriated to Nigeria for the purpose of illegally influencing the general election in that country,” another document stated in its preamble.

The document noted that the Nigerian president had been inundated with reports of illegal movements of resources from that country through the Financial Action Task Force (FATF).


Sources told the Nigerian Tribune that a secret delegation from President Barack Obama of the United States is due in Nigeria in the next one week to further discuss with President Jonathan on the best way to fight corruption.

“There is the feeling that many Nigerian politicians are stockpiling money ahead of the next elections, as if they are going to be a money war. The understanding of the international community is that without tackling the threat of corruption, Nigeria’s electoral commission cannot possibly get it right,” a source close to the administration said on Monday.

It was gathered that the preliminary reports of international rating agencies, including the Fitch Rating, had indicated that Nigeria was fast dropping from the commendable heights it reached in recent years.

“Ahead of the 2007 elections, the government tightened the noose around big time politicians who wanted to move money. It is on record that some top politicians got stranded close to the elections, because they could not move in money illegally. But the reverse is the case in the unfolding situation in Nigeria,” a Nigerian diplomat serving in one of the Western countries stated.

He declared that Western countries had made it known to the Nigerian authorities that the integrity of the Nigerian elections was being threatened by money laundering and activities of corrupt officials.

“If you don’t fight corruption, it will haunt you, that is the message from the West to our authorities,” the diplomat said on Monday.
Re: Nigeria’s Anti-corruption Rating May Dent 2011 Elections . by Spyker: 12:33pm On Aug 24, 2010
We will talk more on this matter after the election. No politics without money in Nigeria, those who refused to bribe are thrown out. Though the Western world claim to fight corruption, it is their country the our stolen wealth is stashed and hidden. They are only here for their interest which is Oil. Once the oil dries up, no body will remember Nigeria.
Re: Nigeria’s Anti-corruption Rating May Dent 2011 Elections . by bisiaet: 1:17pm On Aug 24, 2010
Who is rating who?
Re: Nigeria’s Anti-corruption Rating May Dent 2011 Elections . by Gbawe: 1:31pm On Aug 24, 2010
bisiaet:

Who is rating who?

Lets not be distracted with the whole rating business because that is not what the article is about. It is sections of the article, quoted below, that highlights how corruption is unchecked in Nigeria today, that should worry all Nigerians who feel that the drastic reduction of corruption is the only way forward for Nigeria. We must all worry when funds meant to develop Nigeria is deployed selfishly due to corruption. That is what has always happened in our history and that is why we have remained underdeveloped despite vast potentials and natural endowment.

Government sources confirmed that President Goodluck Jonathan had been inundated with reports of increasing wave of corruption in Nigeria during his recent meetings with officials of the UK, Canada, France and the USA governments
.

The document noted that the Nigerian president had been inundated with reports of illegal movements of resources from that country through the Financial Action Task Force (FATF).

covert investigations by the different embassies had revealed a lukewarm attitude to corruption in Nigeria in the last two years.

The situation in Nigeria is such that too much of what is called free money is allowed in the system. A number of officials corner the public till and use it for whatever they like,” one of the reports indicated.
Re: Nigeria’s Anti-corruption Rating May Dent 2011 Elections . by Adonike(m): 1:43pm On Aug 24, 2010
I will 'comment' my 'reserve' concerning this later in 2011! Up Nigeria!
Re: Nigeria’s Anti-corruption Rating May Dent 2011 Elections . by cultey(f): 8:15pm On Aug 24, 2010
Since all this time,

What has EFCC been doin'?!

In short burn in hell 4 all I care, tschewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww!
Re: Nigeria’s Anti-corruption Rating May Dent 2011 Elections . by 080Nigeria(m): 8:50pm On Aug 24, 2010
cultey:

Since all this time,

What has EFCC been doin'?!

In short burn in hell 4 all I care, tschewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww!


Right now, I would even leave EFCC out of it. How about the Nigerian Police? With the kind of criminality that goes on among those who should catch criminals, how can we expect good elections?

I am trying to be hopeful. But if urgent steps are not taken, the elections will go as usual, meaning the people will vote and those with money and power will win.
Re: Nigeria’s Anti-corruption Rating May Dent 2011 Elections . by 3609ja: 10:54pm On Aug 24, 2010
Newsweek: Ghana 3rd best country to live in sub Saharan Africa

Ghana is the third best Sub-Saharan African country to live in terms of education, health, quality of life, economic competitiveness, and political environment, a Newsweek magazine ranking has said.

According to the magazine's first-ever Best Countries special issue, Ghana ranked 86th of 100 countries worldwide; 7th best in Africa, 3rd best in Sub-Saharan African and best in West Africa.

In an article entitled "The Best Countries in the World", Ghana was sandwiched between Algeria and Kenya, scoring 89th in health, 84th in quality of life, and 87th in economic dynamism, 92nd in education and a respectable 44th in political environment. Though Ghana may not have a stellar economy, its political environment is ranked the best among low-income countries like India

At position 67, Tunisia is the leading African country followed by Morocco, Egypt, Botswana, South Africa, Algeria and Ghana, in that order.

On the brink of its 50-year anniversary of independence, Nigeria was ranked 99th. Other African countries that featured in the list include Madagascar, Senegal, Mozambique, Zambia, Cameroon (#98) and Burkina Faso (#100) in that order.

The top 10 countries are Finland, Switzerland, Sweden, Australia, Luxembourg, Norway, Canada, Netherlands, Japan, and Denmark. The USA is ranked 11th and Germany, which is Europe's largest economy is ranked 12th.

In its editorial Newsweek stated: "The list shows the best countries tend to be small, rich and safe. It also shows there are many plenty of ways to look at it."

Although no African country made it to the top ten, the continent can take solace that its countries appeared alongside the best in the world.

The top 25 from Newsweek’s ranking of the “best” 100 countries

1) Finland
2) Switzerland
3) Sweden
4) Australia
5) Luxembourg
6) Norway
7) Canada
cool Netherlands
9) Japan
10) Denmark
11) United States
12) Germany
13) New Zealand
14) United Kingdom
15) South Korea
16) France
17) Ireland
18) Austria
19) Belgium
20) Singapore
21) Spain
22) Israel
23) Italy
24) Slovenia
25) Czech Republic
Bottom three: Cameroon at #98, Nigeria at #99 and Burkina Faso at #100.
Re: Nigeria’s Anti-corruption Rating May Dent 2011 Elections . by lagoshost(m): 9:55am On Aug 25, 2010
Well, is may not be true.
Re: Nigeria’s Anti-corruption Rating May Dent 2011 Elections . by bignaija(m): 1:44pm On Aug 25, 2010
it doesnt matter
Re: Nigeria’s Anti-corruption Rating May Dent 2011 Elections . by wevote: 7:03am On Mar 21, 2011
We must vote to end corruption in Nigeria. Say no to rigging.

Meanwhile, there is this cool website (www.reclaimnaija.net) that allows for citizen's reporting of electoral happenings. This way, Nigerian citizens can monitor the elections from their own polling zones.

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