Unic Press UK: At Buckingham Palace, during an event to mark the Queen’s 90th birthday, Prime Minister David Cameron described Nigeria and Afghanistan as “fantastically corrupt” in a conversation with the Queen and three others.
As he was parleying with the Queen and three other eminent personalities, Cameron mentioned that an anti-corruption summit will hold in London this week. And then he said:
“We’ve got some leaders of some fantastically corrupt countries coming to Britain… Nigeria and Afghanistan, possibly the two most corrupt countries in the world”
Responding to the comments by David Cameron, Cobus de Swardt, Managing Director of Transparency International, said:
“There is no doubt that historically, Nigeria and Afghanistan have had very high levels of corruption, and that continues to this day. But the leaders of those countries have sent strong signals that they want things to change, and the London Anti-Corruption Summit creates an opportunity for all the countries present to sign up to a new era. This affects the UK as much as other countries: we should not forget that by providing a safe haven for corrupt assets, the UK and its Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies are a big part of the world’s corruption problem.” (www.transparency.org/news/pressrelease/transparency_international_responds_to_cameron_comments_regarding_nigeria_a)
An aide to Nigeria president has responded saying that Cameron’s statement is not in synch with current realities in Nigeria and that Nigerians were “deeply shocked and embarrassed”.
Nigeria President,Muhammadu Buhari, is expected to respond to Cameron’s position when he arrives the UK for the summit.