Despite backlashes that heralded British Prime Minister's comment that Nigeria is 'Fantastically Corrupt', President Mohammadu has followed suit admitting that his country, Nigeria “is indeed fantastically corrupt,”
David Cameron had yesterday shared such as a joke with Queen Elizabeth 11 before television cameras.
The president also stated that he would not demand any apology from Cameron from making the comment, saying that he was more interested in the repatriation of stolen assets by Nigerians stashed abroad including the United Kingdom, saying “I need something tangible”., Vanguard News says
Buhari is currently in London attending the global anti-corruption summit hosted by Cameron.
President Buhari made the admittance to Sky News’ Diplomatic Editor, Dominic Waghorn in London.
In the 29 seconds chat minutes monitored by our correspondent, Waghorn had pressed president Buhari to know whether Nigeria was “fantastically corrupt”, surprisingly, the president admitted. The chat went this way:
Reporter: Will you like an apology from the British Prime Minister?
Buhari: No no, not at all.
Reporter: Are you embarrassed by what he (Cameron) said?
Buhari: No, I am not.
Reporter: Is Nigeria fantastically corrupt?
Meanwhile, Buhari's spokesman Garba Shehu had yester night said Cameron's remark was not reflective of his boss' anti-corruption disposition, Daily Trust Says
Shehu had said that in making the remarks, the British Prime Minister must be looking at "an old snapshot of Nigeria."
The presidential aide had also said under Buhari's leadership, things were changing for better in Nigeria.
"It is certainly not reflective of the good work that the president is doing. The eyes of the world are on what is happening here. 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," Shehu had stated.