Cameron calls Nigeria, Afghanistan ‘most corrupt countries’
LONDON—British Prime Minister David Cameron called Nigeria and Afghanistan “possibly the two most corrupt countries in the world” in inadvertently public remarks Tuesday, but hailed their leaders’ planned attendance at an anticorruption 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 anticorruption summit he is hosting on Thursday. “Nigeria and Afghanistan, possibly the two most corrupt countries in the world,” he said.
Welby, who worked as an oil executive in West Africa before joining the church and who has also undertaken conflict resolution work in Nigeria, noted that “this particular president is actually not corrupt”. “He’s really trying,” Cameron agreed, and the queen noted to Welby: “He is trying, isn’t he?”
It was not clear to whom they were referring, but Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari and Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani are both due to attend the summit.
Buhari has embarked on a widespread anti-corruption campaign since taking office one year ago, and is due to give a speech on the issue in London on Wednesday. In Afghanistan, Ghani also made a promise to rein in runaway corruption when he was elected in 2014.—AFP