Governance in Nigeria was ranked number 41 among 53 African countries by the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, an organization that supports good governance and leadership in Africa.
It scored 42 percent in rule of law, 37 in accountability, 24 in personal safety, and 81 in National security. In human development, Nigeria scored 44 percent, and 41 in sustainable economic opportunity. The ranking also awarded Nigeria 34 in participation and human rights.
The top five in the 2011 Ibrahim Index in terms of human development, education, health, infrastructure, accountability and rule of law are Mauritius with a score of 82, followed by Cape Verde on 79, while Botswana came third with 76, Seychelles came fourth with 73 and South Africa 71.
The bottom five in the 2011 Ibrahim Index are Central African Republic, 33, Democratic Republic of Congo, DRC, 32; Zimbabwe 31; Chad 31 and Somalia which trailed the entire African pack with a pitiful 8.
The 2011 Ibrahim Index of African Governance, IIAG, was launched on Monday by the Mo Ibrahim Foundation.
The index provides full details of each country’s performance across the four categories of governance as assessed by the Index Safety & Rule of Law, Participation & Human Rights, Sustainable Economic Opportunity and Human Development.
The overall result of the 2011 IIAG shows that countries that pursue a balanced approach to all dimensions of governance achieve the most success.
Nevertheless, the overall general trend in Africa is one of imbalance. Many countries have improved in both Sustainable Economic Opportunity and Human Development, but the progress has not been mirrored in Safety & Rule of Law and Participation &Human Rights.
The key index findings across the past five years (2006 to 2010) show that large differences in performances between countries and across categories are masked by the unchanged continental average of 50 for overall governance quality.
The most striking improvements have been achieved by Liberia and Sierra Leone, two countries emerging from lengthy civil wars. Liberia improved across all four categories and 13 out of 14 sub-categories, while Sierra Leone has also improved across all four categories.
The countries that have consistently ranked in the top five for overall governance performance are Mauritius, Cape Verde, Botswana, Seychelles and South Africa.