The World Corruption Index, PDP’s kick, Garba Shehu’s riposte, and that other matter

The latest World Corruption Index was released last week. As was expected, the details elicited various reactions. The Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP, got a kick from it as it attempted to used Nigeria’s scores on the Index to hit at the government’s anti-corruption credentials.

Expectedly, Presidential Spokesman, Garba Shehu immediately released a riposte. Saying that the scores from Transparency International, organizers of the global corruption exercise, was simply a perception index. Implying that the data was not real or factual.

Yet the bigger issues arising from the presentation of the corruption scores must be the following:

  • Why is the world strongly concerned about corruption when there is no universally accepted standards of what constitute corruption, and what does not?
  • Why the interest in anti-corruption when there is no universally agreed definition on the road to a corruption-free world?
  • Doesn’t the preoccupation with anti-corruption point to a longing for something we once had; something buried in the collective unconscious?
  • Doesn’t the preoccupation about corruption in terms of what is right and wrong acknowledge the reality of real morality?
  • Doesn’t the acknowledgment of real morality further recognize the reality of a Real Right (apologies, CS Lewis), regardless of what some people think or say about the Ultimate Right?
  • If we push the argument further, doesn’t the recognition of the Ultimate Right demand a legitimate, logical response from us all?
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