11 May 2016
A lot of reactions have trailed British Prime Minister, David Cameron’s statement referring to Nigeria as a ‘fantastically corrupt’ country. Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu has also responded.
While speaking at the ‘Tackling Corruption Together: A Conference for Civil Society, Business and Government Leaders’ hosted by the Commonwealth, and in partnership with Transparency International and other stakeholders, Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari addressed the British Prime Minister’s comment by stating that, “I will not demand an apology. All I demand is for Britain to return all our stolen assets”.
While individuals on social media have started reacting, either refuting the PM’s audacity at such an utterance or to concur with his statement, the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, to the Nigerian President, Mr. Garba Shehu, yesterday reacted to the statement saying:
“This is embarrassing to us, to say the least, given 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.”
Transparency International, the global coalition against corruption, also published a press release in response to the comments made by David Cameron, in which Cobus de Swardt, the Managing Director of Transparency International is quoted to have said:
“There is no doubt that historically, Nigeria and Afghanistan have had very high levels of corruption, and that continues to this day. 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.”
Author: Aderonke Adeleke
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