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Nigeria ranks 37th out of 52 countries on 2014 Ibrahim Index of African Governance
| October 15, 2014
The 2014 Ibrahim Index of African Governance has been released, with Nigeria ranking 37th out of 52 countries on the list, with an overall score of 45.8 out of 100 - an improvement from last yearâs ranking of 41. Nigeria scored lower than the African average of 51.5, and lower than the regional average for West Africa, ranking 12 out of 15 countries in the region. Meanwhile, Mauritius held the number one spot for its second year in a row, with Cabo Verde, Botswana, South Africa, and Seychelles, in the second, third, fourth, and fifth positions, respectively. Conversely, Guinea-Bissau, Chad, Eritrea, Central African Republic, and Somalia ranked the worst this year, with Somalia at 52. The Ibrahim Index of African Governance (IIAG) is compiled by the Mo Ibrahim Foundation and is the most comprehensive collection of data on African governance. It aims to improve the level of governance in African countries by providing the framework for African citizens to hold their governments accountable, and at the same time it seeks to help governments focus their attention on creating prosperous nations by providing better delivery of goods and services, as well as improve policy outcomes in all countries across the continent. The IIAG is divided into four categories: safety and rule of law; participation and human rights; sustainable economic opportunity; and human development. Each country is scored according to the four categories. While Nigeria improved in sustainable economic opportunities and human rights, with a score of 3.8 and 6.4, respectively, it deteriorated when it came to safety and rule of law (by 6.6 points) and human development (by 0.3 points). Commenting on this yearâs IIAG, Mo Ibrahim, the founder of the foundation, said âThe 2014 Ibrahim Index of African Governance (IIAG) reveals discrepancies in governance performance between countries and within the four conceptual categories. More than ever, these discrepancies call for an Afro-realist approach, which tempers historical Afro-pessimism and current Afro-optimism. Anyone who wants a true grasp of African realities must reject the âone-size-fits-allâ attitude which reduces the continent geographically or governance conceptually, in favour of a more granular approach. For this, the IIAG can be a very useful tool.â Mo Ibrahim is a Sudanese-British mobile communications entrepreneur and billionaire who started the foundation in 2006 to bring focus to the importance of leadership and governance in Africa. The foundation aims to foster meaningful change in the continent.

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OMOTAYO, J. A.    Eldoret, KENYA    October 16, 2014
"The taste of the pudding is in the eating", the English man would say. We claimed to be the leader in every good thing in Africa by our internal public (government) pronouncements. Mo Ibrahim Foundatuon is independent. It is an external examiner. The truth has been revealed again. Mr. Jonathan and his aides in power are running Nigeria down the slope. Is this not shameful enough?
God save Nigeria.
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