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Nigeria 'fantastically corrupt', says David Cameron

11 May 2016, 07:02

Abuja - British Prime Minister David Cameron has allegedly described Nigeria and Afghanistan as "fantastically corrupt".

According to the BBC, Cameron's comments came as a result of a conversation he was having with the Queen surrounding this week's anti-corruption summit in London.

"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," he was reported as saying.

In a bid to quell tensions, Canterbury Archbishop Justin Welby intervened, saying that President Muhammadu Buhari was "not corrupt" but was "trying hard'.

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Cameron is alleged to have later agreed with the Archbishop, saying that Buhari is working hard to tackle the scourge of corruption in Nigeria.

According to a Naij report, the Federal Government of Nigeria has reacted with shock, labeling the comments as "embarrassing".

“This is embarrassing to us, to us say the least, given the good work that the President is doing.

“The eyes of the world are on what is happening here,” the statement read, adding that “the Prime Minister must be looking at an old snapshot of Nigeria. Things are changing with corruption and everything else,” an official statement read in part.

Buhari was later received in London amid smiles and jovial attitudes, despite the negative comments that were made previously.

Read more at the BBC

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