Reactions to Nigeria Being the World’s Third Worst-Governed Nation

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Reactions have remained muted in the aftermath of the Chandler Good Government Index CGGI’s recent release, which ranked Nigeria as the world’s third worst-governed region.

The 2021 list of 104 countries with good governance was published a few days ago by CGGI, an organization that tracks governance indexes around the world.

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Finland ranked first on the CGGI ranking, with an index score of 0.848.
Switzerland, Singapore, the Netherlands, and Denmark came in second, third, fourth, and fifth position on the CGGI ranking, in that order.

The survey, on the other hand, rated Nigeria very low in governance, leadership, and foresight, giving the nation a score of 102 out of 104.

Nigeria has just a score of 0.319 points, ahead of Zimbabwe and Venezuela.

The CGGI cited leadership as the basis for the ranking, stating that, “Good governance begins with good leadership”.

This is not unconnected with the numerous challenges bedeviling the country birthed by bad governance in both the federal, state and local governments.

Newswire observes that the nation’s good image has continued to depreciate despite the claim of integrity at the Federal Level with the fight against corruption.

The current security crisis may have greatly exposed the ‘weakness’ of the governments at all levels.

Recall that aside police brutality which stimulated call for the disbandment of the Special Anti-Rubbery Squad, SARS, by Nigerian youths in 2020, one of the key factors that triggered the protest was bad governance.

The youths who were angered by lack of employment opportunity, abject poverty and lack of political will to address issues in the education sector, took to the streets, protesting bad governance with the Hashtag – EndSARS.

Unfortunately, several young people were killed in the fight for better government.

The disturbing incident at the Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos State on the night of October 20, 2020, when the Nigerian army opened fire on armless youths, is still fresh in citizens’ minds.

Amnesty International reports that 12 demonstrators were killed during the shooting.

Despite attempts by successive governments to eliminate graft from the nation, the Nigerian government has always been characterized by poor governance.

Mr James Adedeji, one of the 2020 EndSARS demonstrators, said that the youths predicted the low ranking, claiming that the Nigerian government has destroyed the country’s profile.

“Corruption has infiltrated the culture so deeply that little can be done to alter it.
It has been a part of us, which is why we are not progressing.

“In the world, corruption has proved to be an incurable and extremely infectious illness, with even those battling it being corrupted.

“You may recall that Ibrahim Magu was arrested last year for alleged corruption.
Even the most crooked corruption fighter was corrupt.

“If someone who claims to be against crime turns out to be a criminal himself, then I believe we have a problem.”

An On-Air Personality in one of the leading radio stations in the Federal Capital Territory who identified himself as T. Master, said it is a shame for Nigeria to be rated the second-worst governed country in Africa.

“The giant of Africa is the second-worst governed country in the continent. What a shame?

“We are always taking first from behind. I can’t remember when last Nigeria is rated first, second or third for anything good. It’s all negative, yet our leaders won’t see anything wrong.

“They came in with the promise to eradicate corruption, but their administration is even more corrupt. Bad eggs always have their ways into every regime.

“If Nigeria exists till 2023, we shall give it another try, but we can only be better, we can’t be Finland.

Also, Mr Micheal Alom who spoke to our correspondent from Makurdi, the Benue State capital, said he was shocked to see Nigeria as the third-worst country, stressing that the country was expected to be number one.

He said, “I am still doubting the CGGI report. Nigeria is the worst governed country in the world. Don’t tell me it is number three. So which country is number one and two?

“You can’t tell me that Zimbabwe and Venezuela are not better than Nigeria. They are far ahead of us in terms of governance.

“We asked for change but unknown to us, we were heading to the worst. Nigeria has never been like this before.

“Everything about Nigeria is bad. I think we should investigate the meaning of the name ‘Nigeria’ because your destiny can’t be better than what you are called.

“Look, Finland is the best-governed country globally. Recently, the country still maintained first position on happiest countries in the world.

“Have you ever asked why the United States is not unified?
Israel means “Victory.”
Isn’t it true that they don’t sound like their names?

“Every nation’s name represents its fate, but sadly, our own country has a meaningless name.
What exactly is the Niger Area?
That is why we are perplexed.”

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