The Archbishop of Canterbury has been been heard defending Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari after UK Prime Minister David Cameron calls Nigeria one of “possibly the two most corrupt countries in the world”.
ABOVE PHOTO: UK PM david cameron outside 10 Downing street with Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari. David Cameron described Nigeria and Afghanistan as “fantastically corrupt” in a conversation with the Queen.
UK Prime Minister David Cameron was recorded telling the Queen that leaders of some “fantastically corrupt” countries, including Nigeria and Afghanistan, were due to attend an anti-corruption summit he is hosting in London, Reuters news agency reports.
The PM was talking about the forthcoming anti-corruption summit when he made the comments.
But The Archbishop of Canterbury can be heard defending Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari after UK Prime Minister David Cameron calls Nigeria one of “possibly the two most corrupt countries in the world”, in footage recorded during a conversation with the Queen
“This particular president is actually not corrupt…He’s trying very hard”, Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, interjected.
Mr Cameron, who welcomed Mr Buhari to his official residence in May last year, interrupts halfway through Mr Welby’s response to agree, saying Mr Buhari is “really trying”.
It was not clear whether he knew the comments were being recorded.
“We’ve got some leaders of some fantastically corrupt countries coming to Britain… Nigeria and Afghanistan, possibly the two most corrupt countries in the world,” Mr Cameron said.
Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby intervened to say: “But this particular president is not corrupt… he’s trying very hard,” before Speaker John Bercow said: “They are coming at their own expense, one assumes?”
The government will host world and business leaders at the summit on Thursday in London, aiming to “galvanise a global response to tackle corruption”.
Afghanistan was ranked behind just Somalia and North Korea in Transparency International’s 2015 corruption perception index.
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It is not clear whether Mr Cameron knew that he was being filmed and recorded at the event at Buckingham Palace in London.
Addressing the Queen, Mr Cameron said: “We had a very successful cabinet meeting this morning, talking about our anti-corruption summit.”
“We have got the Nigerians… actually we have got some leaders of some fantastically corrupt countries coming to Britain.”
He then added:
“Nigeria and Afghanistan – possibly the two most corrupt countries in the world.”