|Buhari calls for establishment of anti corruption infrastructure for repatriation of stolen assets|
President Buhari said instead, he would demand action from Cameron, by returning Nigeria’s stolen money and assets stashed in the United Kingdom. Buhari made his frustration clear as he addressed a Commonwealth conference in London Wednesday [May 11] morning in the wake of Mr Cameron’s diplomatic 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. The Presidency and several other Nigerians, have however, lashed back at the British PM for that scathing remark. This came as the Presidency, yesterday, expressed ‘shock’ at the unguarded comment, saying that Cameron must have been looking at an old snapshot of Nigeria.
President Buhari speaking now at the Tackling Corruption Together Conference. Watch live: https://t.co/WSPgzoy1QO pic.twitter.com/C1P3jHbDik— President Buhari (@NGRPresident) May 11, 2016
"Through the effective application of TSA and the BVN, we have been able to remove 23,000 ghost workers from our payroll."—President Buhari— President Buhari (@NGRPresident) May 11, 2016
"Nigeria is committed to signing the Open Government Partnership initiatives alongside PM @David_Cameron during the Summit tomorrow."—PMB— President Buhari (@NGRPresident) May 11, 2016
However, the president Wednesday 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.PMB—By end of our summit tomorrow, we should be able to agree on a rules-based architecture to combat corruption in all its manifestations— President Buhari (@NGRPresident) May 11, 2016
I am not going to demand an apology from anybody. 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.
Buhari calls for establishment of anti corruption infrastructure for repatriation of stolen assets #anticorruption pic.twitter.com/W2qJqvSg3t— Martin Tisné (@martintisne) May 11, 2016