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Presidency: Cameron Wrong on Nigeria


The Presidency on Tuesday said the statement credited to the British Prime Minister, David Cameron, that Nigeria is a “fantastically corrupt” country is not reflective of the anti-corruption posture of the Muhammadu Buhari administration.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, said this in his reaction made available to journalists.

Shehu said the Prime Minister must be looking at the country’s past. He said Buhari was changing all that are wrong with Nigeria, including corruption, and that was why the President was chosen as a keynote speaker at a pre-summit in London.

The presidential spokesman said, “It (Cameron’s statement) is certainly not reflective of the good work that the President is doing. The eyes of the world are on what is happening here.

“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.”

Shehu also commended the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, for admitting that Buhari is not corrupt. He said Nigeria cherished the good relationship between the two countries and nothing would truncate the relationship.

“Thank you to the Archbishop. We very much cherish the good relationship between our two countries and nothing should stand in the way of improving those relations,” he added. – Punch.


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