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Transparency blasts Cameron, UK over comments against Nigeria

11 May 2016, 07:42

Abuja - Transparency International has come out in defence of Nigeria, blasting British Prime Minister David Cameron over his comments against the country and claiming that the United Kingdom has a worse record of corruption.

According to a Naij report, the anti-corruption agency's managing director Cobus de Swardt noted that the UK was a "big part of the world's corruption problem", adding that the country is a safe haven for corrupt assets from around the world.

“There is no doubt that historically, Nigeria and Afghanistan have had very high levels of corruption, and that continues to this day.

Also read: Nigeria 'fantastically corrupt', says David Cameron

“But the leaders of those countries have sent strong signals that they want things to change, and 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,” the group said.

According to Premium Times, Transparency has since revealed that Nigeria ranked 136 of 168 countries in its Corruption Perception Index for 2015.

Read more at Naij

- News24


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