President Muhammadu Buhari says he is more interested in recovering the stolen assets of Nigeria in the UK than demanding an apology from Prime Minister David Cameron who made a scathing remark about Nigeria on Tuesday.
Speaking on Wednesday at a meeting hosted by Commonwealth ahead of the anti-corruption summit in London, President Muhammadu Buhari, has said he is more interested in recovering the stolen assets of Nigeria in the UK than demanding an apology from Prime Minister David Cameron who made a scathing remark about Nigeria on Tuesday.
“I’m not going to demand any apology. All I demand is a return of assets. What would I do with apology?.
“I have already mentioned how disgraceful one of the Nigerian executive dressed as a woman to leave Britain, leaving behind his bank account and fixed asset, which Britain is prepared to hand over to us, this is what I’m asking for. What will I do with apology? I need something tangible,” the president asked.
Describing corruption as a ‘hydra headed monster’, President Buhari said it does not differentiate between developed and developing countries.
“Corruption is a hydra headed monster. It does not differentiate between developed and developing countries. It constitutes a serious threat to good governance, rule of law, peace and security as well as well as development programmes aimed at tackling poverty and economic backwardness,” he said.
“This consideration informed my decision to attend this event as well as the anti-corruption summit organised by Prime Minister David Cameron that will be held tomorrow. Tackling the menace of corruption is not an easy task, but it is possible even if many feathers have to be ruffled,” Buhari concluded.
It was widely reported that the Prime Minister had referred to Nigeria as a ‘fantastically corrupt’ country during a meeting with Queen Elizabeth. His comment went viral and as expected and sparked negative reaction across the world, with Transparency International describing Britain as ‘a safe haven for corrupt assets.’