The 2013 Good Governance Summit held in Dakar, Senegal, in collaboration with Mo Ibrahim Foundation has ranked Nigeria 41st among 52 African countries that are relatively backward in human development.
The new report contained in the 2013 Index of Good Governance made available to the Hausa Service of the Voice of America (VOA) in Dakar, Senegal, indicated that the Republic of Niger is in the 28th position.
The Index of African Governance was launched by the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, an organisation that supports good governance and great leadership in Africa.
The report provided full details of Nigeria’s performance across three categories of governance as assessed by the Index: Security, Sustainable Economic Opportunity and Human Development.
Speaking on the development, former chairman of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Malam Nuhu Ribadu, who attended the summit, said that despite the country’s mineral resources, Nigeria is still ranked 41st compared to neighbouring Niger Republic which was ranked 28th out of 52 African countries, adding that “this is a serious setback.”
“Economic management and human development cannot be achieved if a democratic deficit persists,” he stated.
Commenting on the 2013 Index, Founder and Chair of the Foundation, Mo Ibrahim, observed that young people today are demanding a holistic, equitable and inclusive approach to the management of their countries.