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APC Blasts British PM Over Comments About Nigeria

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The British Prime Minister, David Cameron’s comment referring to Nigeria as one of the most corrupt countries in the world, has drawn criticisms from various groups.

Nigerians have also taken to Twitter to condemn the British PM’s comment.

The All Progressives Congress (APC) London chapter has also issued a statement saying Cameron failed to also commend Buhari for his fight against corruption.

The party, in a press release titled: President Muhammadu Buhari Is Fully Committed To The Anti-Corruption War In Nigeria, described the British Prime Minister’s comment as rash.

The statement signed by the APC London Press Secretary, Adenike Lucas reads: “The rash statement by the Prime Minister and leader of the conservatives, David Cameron, earlier today fails to credit President Muhammadu Buhari’s effort in fighting corruption.

“President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR who should arrive in the UK shortly for the anti-corruption summit hosted by David Cameron has received commendation from the Prime Minister in the past and other world leaders over his stance against corruption.

“During the 2015 Election campaign, PMB as he is fondly known pledged to fight corruption and he has not reneged on his promise.

“It should be noted that within a year of being sworn-in, President Buhari has achieved a lot in his fight against corruption in Nigeria.

“President Buhari is known for his zero tolerance against corruption. He has made major efforts to change the image of the nation within and outside the country; and this government’s policies are working. In the recent list of the top 10 most corrupt countries released, Nigeria was not on the list.

“Even while the Prime Minister made the comment about Nigeria being one of the “fantastically corrupt Countries”, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby quickly corrected him and acknowledged in the presence of the Queen of England that President Buhari “is actually not corrupt and he is doing a great job in Nigeria”.

“Nigeria and indeed the world are aware the new sheriff in town is working to tackle corruption unlike the previous government which allowed corruption to thrive.

“The APC-led government has empowered the anti-corruption agency (EFCC) resulting in several high profile investigations and prosecution of individuals involved in corruption and misappropriation of funds. This is an ongoing process that includes blocking leakages, sensitising the system, re-training of stakeholders amongst other measures put in place to curb corruption. It is crystal clear to all that President Buhari is determined to root out corruption from the system.

“APC UK and Nigerians in the Diaspora have confidence in the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari and believes that the current administration is moving Nigeria forward, away from the rot and decay suffered under the previous administration.”

Also, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, in a statement on Tuesday, May 10, 2016, said Cameron’s statement was based on the country’s past records and not the President Muhammadu Buhari administration.

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