Nigeria's Buhari won't demand a David Cameron apology

2016-05-12 13:33
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Abuja - Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari says he won't demand any apology from David Cameron after the British prime minister accused Nigeria of corruption.

Cameron, was caught on camera telling the British queen on Tuesday that leaders of some "fantastically corrupt" countries, including Nigeria and Afghanistan, were due to attend his international anti-corruption summit.

Speaking at an anti-corruption event in London, Buhari said he was more interested in the return of stolen assets held in a British bank.

"I am not going to demand any apology from anybody. What I am demanding is the return of the assets," Buhari was quoted as saying. 

The Guardian reported that the assets, which amounted to billions of dollars, were taken out of the Nigeria and sent to the UK.

"Over the years 2014 to 2015, they [the old administration] brought in not less than $37bn into London from Nigeria. They took away oil, and they route the money through London - we suspect not less than $37bn," Nigeria’s anti-corruption chief Ibrahim Mahu was quoted as saying.

According to BBC News, a statement from Buhari's office on Wednesday claimed the president had been "deeply shocked and embarrassed" by Cameron's remarks.

The Nigerian leader described corruption as a "hydra-headed monster" which threatened the security of countries and "does not differentiate between developed and developing countries".

Read more on:    mohammadu buhari  |  david cameron  |  uk  |  nigeria  |  west africa  |  corruption

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