Nigeria Leaders: The Second Most Corrupt in the World

By IndepthAfrica
In Nigeria
Nov 15th, 2012

The perception of the Federal Government before Nigerians crashed further, as they rated the nation’s leadership as the second most corrupt in the world, a Gallup poll just made public has revealed.

Gallup, in its first-ever report on “Global States of Mind: New Metrics for World Leaders,” stated that 94 per cent of Nigerians believe there is widespread corruption in government.

The poll also showed that in the world, only Kenyans believed their government was more corrupt. The poll also revealed that about 96 per cent of Kenyans had alleged that there were widespread corruption in their government, while only five per cent of Singaporeans said their government was corrupt.

Singaporeans believe their country was the least corrupt in the world. Gallup said last year’s revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt where GDP was rising, shows that world leaders need more than just GDP and other traditional economic metrics to run their countries.

Gallup Chairman and CEO, Jim Clifton, said: “Economic data are becoming less and less valuable because they tend to be outdated by the time they are made available. More significantly, GDP is less valuable because leaders now need to know much more than what people are spending-they need to know what they are thinking; GDP isn’t enough if you are watching for instability.”

“All institutes worldwide knew GDP was rising in Tunisia and Egypt. They knew what 11 million Tunisians and 80 million Egyptians were buying and selling-but they didn’t know what they were thinking,” Clifton added.

Clifton said GDP wasn’t enough if leaders were trying to figure out the levels of hunger, hopelessness, or suffering, adding that the United Nations did not see those revolutions coming, neither did the World Economic Forum (WEF), nor the World Bank.

“The US spends tens of billions on intelligence— and it missed those revolutions too,” Clifton said. Gallup’s World Poll spans about 150 countries, territories, and areas, annually capturing what more than 98 per cent of the world’s adult population is thinking on topics from basic needs to job creation. Gallup’s World Poll data set now includes more than one million interviews conducted since the research initiative started in 2005.

Respondents were asked questions on law and order, food and shelter, institutions and infrastructure, good jobs, wellbeing, brain drain and quality GDP growth.

Culled from Thisday

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