Public perception of Nigerian government’s fight against corruption
By admin On 17 Jan, 2018 At 01:14 AM | Categorized As News | With 0 Comments

Public perceptions of the Nigeria government’s fight against corruption have improved dramatically since 2015, a recent Afrobarometer and CLEEN Foundation survey in Nigeria indicates.

More than 90% of Nigerians, however, still say “some,” “most,” or “all” public officials are corrupt, with the police perceived as the most corrupt, and most citizens fear retaliation if they report corruption to the authorities. Nigerians are evenly split as to whether corruption has increased or decreased over the past year.

Though the Buhari administration has made the fight against corruption a priority, the nation still grapples with a series of corruption scandals and a growing call for fiscal transparency and accountability in governance.

Key findings

  • Six in 10 Nigerians (59%) say the government is performing “fairly well” or “very well” in fighting corruption, a strong improvement from the 21% recorded in 2015 (see Figure 1).
  • The police are seen as most corrupt; 69% of citizens say “most” or “all” police officials are corrupt (Figure 2). They are followed by members of the National Assembly (60%) and local government councilors (55%).
  • Perceptions of corruption among leaders in the private sector are lower, though four in 10 citizens still see “most” or “all” business executives (44%) and non-governmental organisations (40%) as corrupt.
  • Four in 10 Nigerians (43%) say corruption has decreased over the past year; just as many say it has increased (Figure 3).
  • Even though a majority (54%) of citizens agree that ordinary people can make a difference in the fight against corruption, more than three-fourths (77%) fear retaliation should they report an incident of corruption (Figure 4).



Figure 1: Government performance in fight against corruption | Nigeria | 2017








Respondents were asked: How well or badly would you say the current government is handling the following matters, or haven’t you heard enough to say: Fighting corruption in government?


Figure 2: Perceived corruption among public officials | Nigeria | 2017







Respondents were asked: How many of the following people do you think are involved in corruption, or haven’t you heard enough about them to say?

Figure 3: Perceived corruption over the past year | Nigeria | 2017









Respondents were asked: In your opinion, over the past year, has the level of corruption in this country increased, decreased, or stayed the same?

Figure 4: Can ordinary people report corruption without fear? | Nigeria | 2017









Respondents were asked: In this country, can ordinary people report incidents of corruption without fear, or do they risk retaliation or other negative consequences if they speak out?

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