Buhari: I want back stolen money, not Cameron’s apology

Buhari: I want back stolen money, not Cameron’s apology

Wednesday, May 11, 2016 10:50 am


President Buhari in London today. Mail Online Photo

President Buhari in London today. Mail Online Photo

President Muhammadu Buhari said he would not be demanding any apology from British Prime Minister, Mr. David Cameron over his gaffe, describing Nigeria,along with Afghanistan, ‘fantastically corrupt’.

Instead, Buhari said he would demand action from Cameron, by returning Nigeria’s stolen money and assets stashed in the country.

Muhammadu Buhari made his frustration clear as he addressed a Commonwealth conference in London this morning in the wake of Mr Cameron’s toe-curling gaffe.

Clutching a glass as he made small talk with the Queen at a Buckingham Palace reception, the PM was caught on camera being indiscreet about the countries he had invited to a key anti-corruption summit tomorrow.

Aides to Mr Buhari, who has mounted a high-profile battle against corruption, expressed ‘shock’ at the unguarded comment, saying that Cameron must have been looking at an old snapshot of Nigeria.

Buhari this morning refused to criticise Cameron directly when he was asked about the blunder at the conference.

Instead he said he expected the UK to help him reclaim Nigerian assets that had been fraudulently stripped from the country.

‘I am not going to demand an apology from anybody,’ he said. ‘What I am demanding is a return of assets … This is what I am asking for. What would I do with an apology? I need something tangible.’

Earlier, Commonwealth Secretary General Baroness Scotland said Mr Cameron’s remarks had been ‘unfortunate’ and countries like Nigeria needed support rather than criticism.

Mr Cameron’s candid comments risked causing diplomatic ructions ahead of the major international anti-corruption summit in London on Thursday.

As well as Buhari, and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani is due to attend. He has also acknowledged corruption in his country and pledged to clean it up.

The gathering of the world’s political and business leaders in London will aim to ‘galvanise a global response to tackle corruption’ and is being staged in the wake of the Panama Papers leak, which revealed widespread tax avoidance among the world’s elite earlier this year.

Afghanistan is at number 166 in campaign group Transparency International’s latest Corruption Perceptions Index – second from bottom.

Only North Korea and Somalia, jointly ranked at number 167, are perceived to be more corrupt. Nigeria is at number 136.


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6 Comments

  • sina says:

    good talk, my president. Buhari is my president that I am proud of. God bless you. But I need to quickly add, where are those things Britain stole from us, our money, our artefacts and others. Britain is not caught for stealing and corruption because they have the technology and all it takes to steal. If we are a fantastic corruption nation, then Britain is a fantastically and incredibly corrupt nation or a scientific, crude, shameless robbers. he who stole is not a robber but he who collect the stolen goods.

  • sina says:

    Good talk, my president. Buhari is my president that I am so proud of. God bless you sir. Let me quickly add, where are those things that Britain stole from us; our money, artefacts and the rest. Britain is not caught for stealing and corruption because she has the technology and all it takes to steal. if we are a fantastically corrupt nation, Britain is an incredibly corrupt nation or a scientific, crude, shameless robbers. He who stole is not a robber but he who collect the stolen goods. Useless chameleon. Cameron: OLE, BARAO, leading useless people

  • TONY says:

    I like the simple but weighty response from our President in saying apology is not what is needed but the complete return of all stolen money, assets hidden in this country from our corrupt Military, Governors, former Head of States & Buisness people who shamelessly plundered our resources since THE LIQUID GOLD [Oil] was discovered in that Fantastically corrupt country. Pot calling kettle black. Cameron is not fit and Proper Politician.

  • total says:

    What will Cameron’s apologize for? Was he lying? No. The People that are asking UK to return our stolen money are not serious. Who took the money over there, Our people . UK did not come over to Nigeria and use any force on us. If there is going to be any blames, it should go out to our useless so called leaders and greed people.

  • oge driggs says:

    Britain is one of the most corrupt nations in the world. They have stolen so much from Nigeria

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