Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, David Cameron has described Nigeria and Afghanistan as among the most corrupt countries in the world in a conversation with the Queen, BBC reports.
Cameron’s comments were caught on camera at Buckingham Palace during a random discussion with the Queen, the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby and Speaker John Bercow about about this week’s anti-corruption summit in London.
“We’ve got some leaders of some fantastically corrupt countries coming to Britain… Nigeria and Afghanistan, possibly the two most corrupt countries in the world,” the UK Prime Minister said.
After Mr Cameron’s comments, Archbishop Welby intervened to say: “But this particular president is not corrupt… he’s trying very hard,” before Bercow asked: “They are coming at their own expense, one assumes?”
The archbishop’s remark appears to refer to Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari, who has made fighting corruption one of the focal points of his administration.
The UK will host world leaders at the summit on Thursday in London, with an aim to “galvanise a global response to tackle corruption”.
Asked whether Mr Cameron had apologised to the Queen over the corruption remarks, his official spokesman said the presidents of Nigeria and Afghanistan had “acknowledged the scale of the corruption challenge they face in their countries”.