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Nigeria's Buhari not demanding apology from Cameron

Wednesday, May 11, 2016 - 01:25

Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari says he is ''not going to demand any apology from anybody'' after British Prime Minister David Cameron was caught on camera calling Nigeria and Afghanistan corrupt. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Nigeria does not want an apology from Britain over British Prime Minister David Cameron's comments about Nigeria being a corrupt nation, President Muhammadu Buhari said on Wednesday (May 11). Cameron was caught on camera telling Queen Elizabeth on Tuesday (May 10) that leaders of some "fantastically corrupt" countries, including Nigeria and Afghanistan, were due to attend an anti-corruption summit in London. It was not clear whether Cameron realized he was being filmed and recorded at the event. But Buhari said he was demanding "the return of assets". "I have already mentioned how Britain really led, and how disgraceful one of the Nigeria executives was, he had to dress like a woman to leave Britain and leave behind his bank account and fixed assets which Britain was prepared to hand over to us," Buhari said in London, referring to a former governor of Bayelsa State, Diepreye Alamieyeseigha. Alamieyeseigha was originally arrested in London in 2005, but he skipped bail and escaped back to Nigeria dressed as a woman. He was convicted of stealing millions of dollars of public money. Asked about the mood in Cameron's office after the gaffe, British Minister Matt Hancock said his office was looking forward to an "ambitious and successful summit". The summit opens on Thursday (May 12) and is aimed at stepping up global action to combat corruption in all walks of life. Nigeria is at number 136 in campaign group Transparency International's latest Corruption Perceptions Index, an annual ranking of countries.

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Nigeria's Buhari not demanding apology from Cameron

Wednesday, May 11, 2016 - 01:25