Prime Minister David Cameron has been caught on tape making snide remarks about Nigeria and Afghanistan.
The Prime Minister as well as some other leaders of ‘fantastically corrupt’ countries are part of an anti-corruption summit hosted in the UK where President Muhammadu Buhari would deliver an address titled “Why we must tackle corruption together”.
In the video published by ITV News, the Prime Minister is seen talking to a group including the Queen, Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby and Commons Speaker John Bercow at an event to mark the Queen’s 90th birthday.
He told the Queen: “We had a very successful Cabinet meeting this morning to talk about our anti-corruption summit. We’ve got the Nigerians… actually we’ve got the leaders of some fantastically corrupt countries coming to Britain.
“Nigeria and Afghanistan, possibly the two most corrupt countries in the world.”
Archbishop Welby tries to defend the country which he had worked in, saying “But this particular president is actually not corrupt,” adding that President Buhari is ‘trying hard’.
The statements spurred different reactions from different spectators. Some Nigerians were in defense of David Cameron’s statement saying that Nigeria is indeed corrupt but it only hurts to hear it from a non-Nigerian in a demeaning way.
President Buhari’s spokesman, Garba Shehu however thought otherwise in a statement released today. He says, “this is embarrassing to us, to say the least, giving 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,” the president’s spokesperson said.
On attending the event, the president was asked if Prime Minister David Cameron should apologize to which he made no remark until Transparency International Chairperson, Jose Ugaz says “there are countries affected by fantastic corruption”. The president then replied:
“I am not going to demand any apology from anyone. What I am demanding is a return of the assets. What would I do with an apology?”