• publish: 10 May 2016
  • time: 10:20 pm
  • category: Politics
  • No: 3894

Transparency International responds to Cameron comments regarding Nigeria, Afghanistan

Responding to the recent comments by David Cameron, Cobus de Swardt, Managing Director of Transparency International 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.”

British Prime Minister David Cameron earlier today called Nigeria and Afghanistan “possibly the two most corrupt countries in the world” in inadvertently public remarks, but hailed their leaders’ planned attendance at an anti-corruption summit in London.

He was caught on camera making the remarks to Queen Elizabeth II and Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby at an event at Buckingham Palace.

“We’ve got some leaders of some fantastically corrupt countries coming to Britain,” Cameron said, referring to the anti-corruption summit he is hosting on Thursday.

“Nigeria and Afghanistan, possibly the two most corrupt countries in the world,” he said.

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