Corruption is the misuse of entrusted power for private gain. Corruption may include many activities including bribery and embezzlement. Government corruption or political corruption occurs when an elected politician or appointed civil servant acts in an official capacity for personal gain.
Corruption Perceptions Index from Transparency International
The Corruption Perceptions Index is an index that shows how corrupt certain countries are.
First launched in 1995, the corruption perceptions index has been widely credited with putting the issue of corruption on the international policy agenda.
What does a number mean to you? Each year we score countries on how corrupt their public sectors are seen to be. Our Corruption Perceptions Index sends a powerful message and governments have been forced to take notice and act.
Corruption in Nigeria
General Sani Abacha was a Nigerian Army general and politician who served as the President of Nigeria from 1993 to 1998.
During Abacha's regime, he and his family reportedly stole a total of £5 billion from the country's coffers. In 2004, Abacha was listed as one of the most corrupt leaders in Africa.