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Reactions As Nigeria Now Third Worst Governed Country In The World

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Reactions have continued to trail the recent publication by the Chandler Good Government Index CGGI, rating Nigeria as the third worst governed country in the world.

CGGI, a group that monitors governance index across the globe, had a few days ago released the 2021 list of 104 countries with good governance.

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

The report, however, ranked Nigeria very low in governance, leadership, and foresight, scoring the country 102 out of the 104 countries that were monitored.

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 bedevilling the country birthed by bad governance in both the federal, state and local governments.

DAILY POST 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, a good number of youths lost their lives in the struggle for better governance.

The shocking 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 still remains fresh in the minds of the citizens.

According to Amnesty International, no fewer than 12 protesters were killed during the shooting.

Bad governance has always characterised the Nigerian Government despite efforts by several administrations to eradicate corruption from the system.

Some concerned Nigerians spoke with DAILY POST correspondent on the CGGI report.

One of the 2020 EndSARS protesters, Mr James Adedeji said the youths foresaw the poor rating, saying the Nigerian Government has killed the image of the country.

“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”.

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 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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Ogun Governor Suspends Aide Arrested In US For Fraud

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Ogun State governor Tuesday suspended his aide Abidemi Rufai, who was arrested in the United States on Friday for suspected wire fraud.

“Our position is that the law should take its course,” said Kunle Somorin, the chief press secretary to Governor Dapo Abiodun. ““Meanwhile, the governor has ordered his immediate suspension from office to answer charges against him.”

The newspaper said Rufai was suspended immediately the governor was briefed about his arrest.

Rufai, the founder and chief executive of Ecobet, was accused of stealing the identities of 100 residents of Washington to file fraudulent unemployment claims between March and August 2020.

He was also fingered in similar fraud scheme in Hawaii, Wyoming, Massachusetts, Montana, New York, and Pennsylvania. He faces up to 30 years in prison if found guilty of fraud relating to benefits paid in connection with a presidentially declared disaster or emergency.

Acting U.S. Attorney Tessa M. Gorman accused Rufai of using an alias, Sandy Tang, to steal over $350,000 in unemployment benefits from the Washington State Employment Security Department.

“Since the first fraud reports to our office in April 2020, we have worked diligently with a federal law enforcement team to track down the criminals who stole funds designated for pandemic relief,” said Gorman.

“This is the first, but will not be the last, significant arrest in our ongoing investigation of ESD fraud.”

The proceeds of his fraudulent claims were paid out to online payment accounts such as ‘Green Dot’ accounts, or wired to bank accounts controlled by “money mules.”

Some of the proceeds were then mailed to the Jamaica, New York address of Rufai’s relative. Law enforcement determined said more than $288,000 was deposited into an American bank account controlled by Rufai between March and August 2020.

“Greed is a powerful motivator. Unfortunately, the greed alleged to this defendant affects all taxpayers,” said Donald Voiret, Special Agent in Charge FBI Seattle.

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JUST IN: NLC President Dares El-Rufai, Leads Protesters To Kaduna Govt House

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The President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Comrade Ayuba Wabba, is currently leading union members to the Kaduna State Government House.

This is after Governor Nasir El-Rufai declared the labour leader and others wanted for “economic sabotage” and attack on public infrastructure.

Daily Trust reports that a large crowd, led by Wabba, is marching through Waff road in Kaduna and heading towards the government house.

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Trouble As Plot To Remove Senate President, Ahmed Lawan Thickens

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The plot to remove Senate President, Ahmed Lawan is gaining momentum in the National Assembly, POLITICS NIGERIA has gathered.

Hon. Sergius Ogun, a member of the house of Representatives(North-East/Esan South-East constituency of Edo state) was first to hint that all was not well in the hallowed chambers. He appeared on ‘The Morning Show,’ a programme on ARISE NEWS Channel, revealing that plans were underway to oust Lawan.

He disclosed that Lawan may be removed from office this week after he criticised Southern governors over their resolution to ban Open grazing. In his words;

“We are in the process of reviewing the constitution and the chairman of the National Assembly (Lawan) is rebuking, chastising the governors for saying that they should restructure the country. So, if you ask me, any right-thinking person will believe that the process is dead on arrival. He doesn’t believe in it; why would he talk like that?”

“For him really to be talking to governors representing a section of the country like that, he’s not fit to be the Senate president and I strongly believe that the senators from the South will do something about it this week.”

“We are even talking about impeachment? Who is the leader? The Chairman of the National Assembly. If we are going to start any process of impeachment of the president, who is going to superintend over that? The same man we are talking about. I think he should go and I am sure the process has started.”

Fresh information emerging on Monday night revealed some North-west senators are already mobilizing their colleagues from the North-central for a possible onslaught on Lawan.

Among other reasons for the opposition against Lawan include allegations of Sluggishness in approving funds, ‘tight-fistedness’ and his unbridled support for President Buhari.

If Lawan is shoved aside, the position may move to the North-west zone, which has the highest number of senators.

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