At Least One in Two Nigerians Dissatisfied with the EFCC’s Fight Against Corruption

 

Abuja, Nigeria. August 28, 2009 – In recent times, the EFCC has been heavily criticized for appearing to lose its drive in the fight against corruption. This sentiment was heightened during the recent visit by the US Secretary of State, Hilary Clinton, to Nigeria, where she described the EFCC as haven “fallen off the wagon”. These criticisms have increased attention on the activities of the commission.

In the wake this censure by the public, NOI Polls conducted a poll to assess the opinions of Nigerians on this issue. The results of the poll revealed that, half (51%) the people who were surveyed, believe the EFCC has fallen short in the fight against corruption in Nigeria.

 

When asked what more the EFCC can do to fight corruption, the top three suggestions given by respondents are:  pursue more convictions, be more tranparent and increase collaboration with the judiciary and other law enforcement agencies.

 

 “What more can the EFCC do to fight corruption in Nigeria?”

 
 

PURSUE MORE CONVICTIONS

 

38%

 

BE MORE TRANSPARENT

 

20%

 

INCREASE COLLABORATION WITH THE JUDICIARY AND OTHER LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES

 

15%

 

HAVE PUBLIC AWARENESS CAMPAIGNS

 

7%

 

SEEK MORE FUNDING

 

6%

 

RESTRUCTURE/ CHANGE MANAGEMENT

 

5%

 

PROBE PAST ADMINISTRATIONS

 

5%

 

BECOME AN INDEPENDENT BODY

 

2%

 

OTHER

 

2%

 

 

These results are based on telephone interviews with 620 randomly selected phone–owning Nigerians aged 16 years and older, across the six geographical regions of the country. The poll was conducted between August 20 and 24th, 2009.

 
Based on this sample size, we can say with 95% confidence that the results have a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points of what they would have been if the entire population had been surveyed.
 

This poll is part of the ongoing snap poll exercise conducted by NOI Polls to rapidly assess public sentiments following various social, political or economic events. NOI Polls is a Nigeria based opinion research organization which Works in technical partnership with Gallup Polls (USA), to conduct periodic opinion polls on various socioeconomic issues in Nigeria.