President Muhammadu Buhari has held a bilateral meeting with British Prime Minister David Cameron on the sidelines of the anti-corruption summit in London, United Kingdom on May, 12.
President Buhari at a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister David Cameron
PM Cameron was caught saying that Nigeria is a ‘fantastically corrupt’ country. This comment has been met with harsh criticism.
Presidency while reacting to British prime minister’s statement suggested that Cameron had been referring to Nigeria’s past notoriety for corruption during the leadership of his predecessors.
However, later President Buhari agreed, saying that the country is fantastically corrupt.
Buhari with Prince Charles and Archbishop of Canterbury in London
Buhari, speaking on May 12 at the anti-corruption summit, said:
“Corruption is one of the greatest enemies of our time. It runs completely counter to our values, as it rewards those who do not play by the rules and also creates a system of patronage where the resources are shared out by a small elite, while the majority are trapped in poverty. When it comes to tackling corruption, the international community has unfortunately looked the other way for too long. We need to step up and tackle this evil. This charge sums up why we are gathered here today.”
Nigerian leader also met with US State Secretary John Kerry.
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President Buhari and the secretary discussed the challenges facing Nigeria’s economy and U.S. interest in encouraging private sector investment, which will be enhanced by the success of economic reforms being pursued by President Buhari.