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Africa News of Tuesday, 4 May 2021


Nigerians react to country ranked 3rd worst in the world

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Following the recent publication by the Chandler Good Government Index CGGI, ranking Nigeria as the third-worst governed country in the world, Nigerians have taken to social media to react.

CGGI, a group that monitors governance index across the globe, recently released the 2021 index for countries with good governance.

In the index, Finland was ranked first with an index score of 0.848. Switzerland, Singapore, Netherlands, and Denmark ranked second, third, fourth and fifth on the CGGI list, respectively.

Nigeria however, was ranked very low with a score of 0.319 in governance, leadership, and foresight, scoring the country 102 out of the 104 countries that were monitored.

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

This is as a result of the numerous happenings bedeviling the country ranging from insecurity, terrorism, kidnapping, banditry and many more.

Below are some reactions from Nigerians;

“Corruption has eaten so deep into the system such that nothing can be done to change it. It has become part of us and that is why we don’t progress.

“Corruption has proven to be an incurable and highly contagious disease in the country as even those fighting it, sometimes get infected.

“You still remember how Ibrahim Magu was arrested last year for alleged involvement in corruption. A corruption fighter was even the most corrupt.

“If someone who claimed to be fighting crime, happens to be a criminal himself, then I think we have lost it woefully”.

“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.

“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 wondered why the United States remain united? Israel means Triumphant. Are they not like their names?

“The name of every country defines its destiny but unfortunately, our own country has a name without meaning. What is Niger Area? That is why we are confused”.

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