Nigerians are reacting in different ways to David Cameron’s damning remark on Nigeria. The British Prime Minister on Tuesday made the slip while speaking with Queen Elizabeth ahead of the anti-corruption summit he is convening in London on Thursday.
He was caught saying to the Queen:
“We had a very successful cabinet meeting this morning, talking about our anti-corruption summit.
“Everything has to be open… There are no sort of closed-door sessions. Everything has to be in front of the press. It’s going to be…It could be quite interesting.
“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.
Now, here are what notable Nigerians are saying:
“The Prime Minister must be looking at an old snapshot of Nigeria. Things are changing with corruption and everything else. That, we believe is the reason they chose him as a keynote speaker at the pre-summit conference”.
David Cameron is wrong in categorizing my beloved country Nigeria as fantastically corrupt,what are his indices,yardsticks and criteria.
David Cameron face the allegation of UR involvement in the Panama saga & leave Nigeria alone,we’re no longer a colony of yours
@David_Cameron For what it’s worth. The UK is as corrupt as Nigeria, while Nigerians might steal ‘the money’, the UK willfully launders it.
“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.”