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“This is embarrassing to us….” | Presidency, Transparency International React to David Cameron’s “Fantastically Corrupt” Statement



The Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, has responded to the comment made by British Prime Minister David Cameron in a video published yesterday.

Cameron was talking to the Queen and Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby when he said: “Actually we’ve got the leaders of some fantastically corrupt countries coming to Britain. Nigeria and Afghanistan, possibly the two most corrupt countries in the world.” Click here to watch it

Shehu said in a statement:

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 Prime Minister must be looking at an old snapshot of Nigeria. Things are changing with corruption and everything else.

In a press release by Transparency International yesterday (Tuesday), its Managing Director, Cobus de Swardt, 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.


  1. Random

    May 10, 2016 at 10:09 pm

    He should pay his outstanding taxes whilst running his self righteous mouth…..ode.

    • beez

      May 11, 2016 at 11:06 am

      Are you not corrupt? Do you even pay your tax as a common citizen?

  2. beez

    May 11, 2016 at 11:07 am

    You don’t take a bath for a month, you start to really stink. Finally somebody decides to make you take a bath, he solicits the help of others, they drag you to the tap armed with a sponge and soap and disinfectant. While you are being dragged, one of them says o boy you stink o, you vex and start to halla……
    you don baff? Are you stinking or not? Why does the truth hurt?
    Nigerians are you fantastically corrupt or not?#truthbetold#truthhurts#

  3. Ibinabo

    May 11, 2016 at 11:29 am

    Always blaming previous administration instead of speaking up with facts on the present “corrupt-free” situation of the country.

    Nigerian Government, wake up! The Western world have their own issues, deal with yours and stop kissing their ass for unnecessary aids, Ass-kissing government.. . #GodHelpNigeria.

  4. Wanderlust _Trekeffect

    May 11, 2016 at 12:39 pm

    I feel sorry for those running their mouths saying stuff like” are we not corrupt?” Really? Inferiority complex at its peak is all I see.
    Maybe you need to review the latest listing of most corrupt countries in the world for you to realise that Nigeria doesn’t even fall in top 10.

    I have noticed one thing about Nigerians even those outside of Nigeria, they would publicly and shamelessly degrade their country to foreigners forgetting that people will never forget, and despite the fact that you may not be in your country anymore they will always relate it to you so their disgrace is your disgrace.

    The first and last time a bunch of ignorant folks tried to school me on corruption in Nigeria I sat them down and showed them the numerous scam mails I receive DAILY from their country men and that was the last I heard of it. We ended on a truce that most countries are corrupt but some are better at concealing it.

    If you constantly degrade Nigeria for being corrupt then it is you who is corrupt, the leader is only a reflection of the people.

    David Cameron had no right or moral ground to say what he did, it is downright RUDE and uncouth as a Prime Minster to make such claims, and if he has any decency left he will apologise for that statement.

    As for Nigerians, keep shaming yourselves and later cry wolf when foreigners treat y’all like the pig you claim to be.
    The fact that my child is deformed does not give my neighbor the right to make a joke of it.

  5. moveover

    May 11, 2016 at 3:19 pm

    We don’t have to be in the top 10 hunny to be labelled fantastically corrupt and we don’t need to degrade ourselves because most politically enlightened individuals know that we are a corrupt nation! Rather than badgering and trying to act like we not (I knew some will become defensive), why would he say that? is UK any better? etc we must learn to accept the truth and quite frankly I find that the truth hurts and it is only when it is blatantly stated and said in the most annoying way that people wake up to it! We Need to stop being petty and actually focus on what is important. I love Buhari’s response…he focused on what is important and has left the likes of freeze to keep analyzing….

  6. Ebony

    May 11, 2016 at 4:53 pm

    And the queen asked if “they are coming at their own expense”. Sigh

  7. Abdullah

    May 11, 2016 at 8:31 pm

    Proud to be fantastically corrupt
    Proud to be afghan

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