Presidency kicks over British PM’s comment that Nigeria is ‘fantastically corrupt’

Presidency kicks over British PM’s comment that Nigeria is ‘fantastically corrupt’


The Presidency on Tuesday kicked over the comment by the British Prime Minister, David Cameron, that Nigeria is “fantastically corrupt”.

Cameron also said Afghanistan falls into the same pool with Nigeria in terms of being “fantastically corrupt”.

A video showed him making the comments when he met with Queen Elizabeth,
But reacting to the development, the Presidency said the comment by Cameron is not reflective of the anti-corruption posture of the Muhammadu Buhari administration.
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, said this in the reaction made available to journalists on Tuesday.

Shehu said the Prime Minister must be looking at the country’s past, adding that Buhari was changing all of that.

He said this must have accounted for why Buhari was chosen as a keynote speaker at a pre-summit in London.
He said: “It (Cameron’s statement) 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.”

Shehu also commended the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, for admitting that Buhari is not corrupt.

He said Nigeria cherished the good relationship between the two countries and nothing would truncate the relationship.

He added: “Thank you to the Archbishop. We very much cherish the good relationship between our two countries and nothing should stand in the way of improving those relations.”


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