The Presidency has clarified that the statement credited to the Prime Minister of Britain, David Cameron, that Nigeria is a “fantastically corrupt” country is not reflective of the anti-corruption posture of the Buhari administration.
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, said on Tuesday that the Prime Minister must have been looking at an old snapshot of Nigeria.
In a statement, Malham Shehu pointed out that President Buhari was changing all that was wrong with Nigeria, including corruption, which was why the President was chosen as a keynote speaker at a pre-summit in London.
The presidential spokesman however commended the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, for admitting that President Buhari was not corrupt.
He said Nigeria cherished the good relationship between the two countries and nothing would truncate the relationship.
British Prime Minister's Comments: No Apology from Downing Street
Meanwhile, a Downing Street statement in defence of Prime Minister Cameron has pointed out that leaders of both Nigeria and Afghanistan had acknowledged the scale of the corruption they face in their countries.
A spokesman pointed out that in a collection of essays on the fight against corruption, President of Afghanistan, Ashraf Ghani had described his country as 'one of the most corrupt countries on earth'.
On the other hand, President Buhari had acknowledged that corruption became a 'way of life' in his country under 'supposedly accountable democratic governments'."
"Both leaders the spokesman said had been invited to the Summit because they were driving the fight against corruption in their countries and the UK would stand shoulder to shoulder with them as they do so."
Mr. Cameron has also been attacked by the opposition Labour party which claimed the Prime Minister had "egg on his face" after the incident.
It is not the first time the Prime Minister has been caught making embarrassing comments while on microphone.