The President of Nigeria,  Muhammadu Buhari has faulted the latest report by Transparency International (TI),  which indicates that the scourge of corruption is getting worse in the country as an art of fiction and political distraction.

The global good governance and transparency watchdog downgraded Nigeria’s anti-corruption drive in its 2017 Corruption Perception Index (CPI) report.

Buhari in a statement on Friday by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mr Garba Shehu, said TI was publishing a “misleading” fiction and would be advised to rather focus on facts.

The President stressed that while he welcomes constructive criticisms from the anti-corruption watchdog, the organisation has a responsibility to reflect the larger picture of the concrete and verifiable achievements of President Buhari’s administration since it came into office in May 2015.

“The government is still wondering the criteria or facts used by the anti-corruption watchdog to arrive at its very misleading and unfair conclusions in its assessment of the Federal Government’s efforts in this anti-corruption crusade.

“In the end, this whole episode may turn out to be just a political distraction, given the strong views some of TI’s patrons have expressed against the Buhari Administration, ” the statement read.