Cameron Caught On Camera Describing Nigeria, Afghanistan As ‘fantastically Corrupt’ Nations
BEVERLY HILLS, May 10, (THEWILL) – Just when President Muhammadu Buhari is airborne to the United Kingdom, the British Prime Minister, Mr. David Cameron has been caught on camera describing Nigeria and Afghanistan as “fantastically corrupt countries” on the eve of a major corruption summit in London.
Mr. Cameron could be heard singling out the two countries as “possibly the two most corrupt countries in the world”, in footage on ITV News showing him chatting in a group including the Archbishop of Canterbury and Commons Speaker John Bercow, UK Independent reports.
Cameron will host an international anti-corruption summit on Thursday aimed at stepping up global action to combat corruption in all walks of life. He was talking with the queen about the summit in a meeting, the video of which was obtained by Reuters.
During the summit, President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria is scheduled to deliver a keynote address entitled: “Why We Must Tackle Corruption Together”.
But Cameron was caught on camera telling Queen Elizabeth that leaders of some “fantastically corrupt” countries, including Nigeria and Afghanistan, were due to attend his anti-corruption summit.
According to him, “We had a very successful cabinet meeting this morning, talking about our anti-corruption summit,” Cameron said when the queen approached. “We have got the Nigerians – actually we have got some leaders of some fantastically corrupt countries coming to Britain.”
“Nigeria and Afghanistan – possibly two of the most corrupt countries in the world.”
The Queen however did not respond to Cameron's comment, even as the Archbishop of Canterbury, Most Rev'd Justin Welby intervened that “this particular president is actually not corrupt.”
THEWILL reports that Nigeria is at number 136 in Transparency International's latest Corruption Perceptions Index, while Afghanistan is ranked 166, making it the second from bottom.