UK Prime Minister, David Cameron has been caught on camera describing Nigeria and Afghanistan as “fantastically corrupt countries” on the eve of a major corruption conference in London.
The British Prime Minister who will be hosting delegates from the two countries, was caught on television microphone telling the Queen at a Buckingham Palace reception Tuesday, to mark her 90th birthday, that leaders of “fantastically corrupt” countries including Nigeria and Afghanistan will attend an anti-corruption summit.
Mr Cameron addressing the Queen said:
“We had a very successful cabinet meeting this morning, talking about our anti-corruption summit.”
“We have got the Nigerians… actually we have got some leaders of some fantastically corrupt countries coming to Britain…Nigeria and Afghanistan – possibly the two most corrupt countries in the world.”
Though the queen did not respond to Cameron’s comment, Archbishop of Canterbury – The Most Rev Justin Welby – however immediately defended Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari saying;
“This particular president is actually not corrupt…He’s trying very hard.”
Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari is expected to leave on Tuesday to London to participate in the International Anti-Corruption Summit. The anti-corruption summit will bring together politicians and officials from around the world on Thursday as part of efforts to clamp down on bribery, money laundering and other forms of wrongdoing.
During the summit, Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari is scheduled to deliver a keynote address entitled: “Why We Must Tackle Corruption Together.”
Buhari would have a separate meeting with Prime Minister Cameron to discuss ongoing Nigeria-Britain collaboration in the war against corruption and terrorism, as well as other issues.
It is not clear whether Mr Cameron knew that he was being filmed and recorded at the event. But this is coming just a few days after British newspaper, Dailymail Online, questioned President Muhammadu Buhari’s anti-corruption credentials ahead of his arrival in London for the world anti corruption summit.
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They referred to President Muhammadu Buhari as “self-proclaimed ‘People’s President,” reminiscing the extravagant lifestyle of his family. Transparency International’s latest Corruption Perceptions Index, an annual ranking of countries, ranks Afghanistan at number 166, while Nigeria is at number 136 in the index of corrupt countries.