Following the British Prime Minister, David Cameron’s comment describing Nigeria and Afghanistan as “fantastically corrupt” in a conversation with the Queen of England, Elizabeth II, there has been swift reactions both nationally and internationally.
The Federal Government has reacted through a statement by the spokesman for the President, Mallam Garba Shehu, saying; the British Prime Minister, Mr. Cameron, still had the “old snapshot” of what Nigeria was before the coming of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration to have described it as “fantastically corrupt” alongside Afghanistan.
“It is certainly not reflective of the good work that the President is doing. The eyes of the world are on what is happening here.
“The Prime Minister must be looking at an old snapshot of Nigeria. Things are changing with corruption and everything else. That, we believe is the reason they chose him as a keynote speaker at the pre-summit conference.”
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Managing Director of Transparency International, Cobus de Swardt, responding to David Cameron’s comments said: “There is no doubt that historically, Nigeria and Afghanistan have had very high levels of corruption, and that continues to this day.”
He, however, stressed that the leaders of those countries had sent strong signals that they wanted things to change.
“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.”
Also the UK Guardian, has in an editorial said; Cameron might not be personally corrupt but he is certainly guilty of epic hypocrisy. According to the editorial, under successive UK governments, from Thatcher to Blair to Cameron, London has become the financial centre for the world’s dirty money.
President Mohammadu Buhari is already in the UK for the summit that will begin on Thursday, where he is scheduled to deliver a keynote address entitled: “Why We Must Tackle Corruption Together.”