Nigeria points finger at UK after Cameron's 'fantastically corrupt' remark

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Nigeria points finger at UK after Cameron's 'fantastically corrupt' remark

<p>Nigeria is turning the tables on the UK, demanding that it returns assets held there by corrupt Nigerians.</p> <p>It comes after British Prime Minister David Cameron labelled the country and others as “fantastically corrupt.” His comments to Queen Elizabeth were caught on camera during a reception. </p> <p>The remarks came ahead of a global anti-corruption summit he’s hosting – and that will be attended by Nigeria and Afghanistan.</p> <p>“First of all, I had better check the microphone is on before speaking. It’s probably a good idea,” Cameron told the House of Commons in London.</p> <p>“Countries like Nigeria and Afghanistan, their leaders are battling hard against very corrupt systems and countries and, in both their cases, they’ve made some remarkable steps forward and that’s why I am so keen to welcome them to the anti-corruption conference here in London. </p> <p>“But where I part company with my Honourable Friend is, I don’t think it would be right to withdraw the aid that we give because, frankly, the problems in those countries – they come back and haunt us here, whether it is problems of migration or problems of terrorism and all the rest of it.”</p> <p>Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari says he is not looking for Cameron to say sorry. </p> <p>“I am not going to demand any apology from anybody. What I am demanding is return of assets,” he said. </p> <p>Meanwhile, one Afghan MP is describing Cameron’s comments as an “insult.”</p> <p>And there is a call for countries like the UK to shoulder some blame.</p> <p>“Corruption exists in Afghanistan, there is no doubt about it. But the United Kingdom itself, America and the international community have had a hand in spreading corruption in Afghanistan,” said Mohammad Farhad Sediqi.</p> <p>“At this stage, when the anti-corruption conference is due to be held in London, we were not expecting the British government to raise the issue. This is a clear insult to the Afghan nation.”</p> <p>The presidents of both Afghanistan and Nigeria have pledged to clean up corruption. Cameron’s summit aims to step up global action.</p>