Ahead of Summit, Cameron Taunts Nigeria as “Fantastically Corrupt”
Days after UK Mail Online taunted President Buhari’s anti-corruption campaign, Prime Minister David Cameron has described Nigeria and Afghanistan as “fantastically corrupt” in a conversation with the Queen, reports BBC.
The BBC reports that the PM was talking about 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,” Mr Cameron said.
However shortly after Mr Cameron’s comments, Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby weighed in to say: “But this particular president is not corrupt… he’s trying very hard,” before Speaker John Bercow said: “They are coming at their own expense, one assumes?”
The conversation took place at Buckingham Palace at an event to mark the Queen’s 90th birthday. BBC diplomatic correspondent James Landale described the PM’s comments as a “truthful gaffe”, because the two countries involved were widely perceived as having a corruption problem.