Nigeria Protests Robert Mugabe’s Corruption Comments

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Nigeria, Thursday, protested against comments credited to President of Zimbabwe Robert Mugabe, where he implied that corruption is synonymous to Nigerians.

Mugabe had during a luncheon hosted to mark his 90th birthday in March said Zimbabweans are behaving like Nigerians who have to be bribed for every service.

“Are we now like Nigeria where you have to reach into your pocket to get anything done? You see, we used to go to Nigeria and every time we went there, we had to carry extra cash in our pockets to corruptly pay for everything. You get in a plane in Nigeria and you sit there and the crew keeps dilly dallying without taking off as they wait for you to pay them to fly the plane,” he reportedly said, eliciting huge laughter from the audience.

The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Amb. Martin Uhomoihbi at a meeting with the Zimbabwean Head of Chancery/Counselor, Stanley Kunjeku, in Abuja, described the comments as “vitriolic and denigrating on Nigeria.


  1. Robert Mugabe, refused to give way for the youth and enlighten people to rule his country. He wants to die on the throne. He has forgotten that Nigeria played a big major role before his country got independence, i do not blame him as such, i blame our leaders., lt is an eyeopener to us to put a STOP to bad behaviours. God bless Nigeria.

  2. He is talking about corruption in Nigeria and some people are shifting the topic to historical elements. What he said was true, as this is the current state of Nigeria. I wish you have ever tried going to abroad then you would realise that not even the flight attendant but the custom officials are also a tool of corruption. The right response from nigerians was to be. we heard you allegations and we will research and prove you wrong, yet we behaved Hippocratic by rebuffing any criticisms. In Germany for example, they have a habit or rather culture for criticising anything and anyone and even took it further by having suggestion boxes for that type of approach in most of Nigeria their government installations; it is just to solely improve every aspect of their lives.
    I believe this is a civilized way to deal with this type of situation.