Corruption Label: Transparency International Defends Nigeria, Says UK “Big Part Of World’s Corruption Problem”

David-Cameron-President-BuhariTransparency International, an international anti-corruption watchdog, has risen to Nigeria’s defence following a snide comment made by British Prime Minister David Cameron that Nigeria is “fantastically corrupt”.
The anti-corruption watchdog said the UK and its overseas territories cannot entirely claim to be innocent as far as corruption is concerned as they provide safe haven for corrupt assets.
The Managing Director of T.I, Cobus de Swardt said: “There is no doubt that historically, Nigeria and Afghanistan have had very high levels of corruption, and that continues to this day.
“But the leaders of those countries have sent strong signals that they want things to change, and the London Anti-Corruption Summit creates an opportunity for all the countries present to sign up to a new era.
“This affects the UK as much as other countries: we should not forget that by providing a safe haven for corrupt assets, the UK and its Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies are a big part of the world’s corruption problem”.
The reaction by Swardt came on the heels of the Presidency’s condemnation of PM Cameron’s remark, which is described as “embarrassing”, given the good work that President Muhammadu Buhari is doing regarding anti-corruption.

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