Nigeria’s President Buhari says he was not going reply to British Prime Minister David Cameron’s calling Nigeria as ‘fantastically corrupt’.
Buhari was addressing a conference in London which precedes the Anti-Corruption Summit scheduled for Thursday, May 12 and hosted by the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
He called corruption a “hydra-headed monster” and advised any country that thinks it’s safe from corruption to wake up and promised Nigeria’s commitment to sign the Open Government Partnership.
READ ALSO: Gov’t slams Bawumia over Eurobond comments
Buhari while being asked about Cameron’s comment that Nigeria is fantastically corrupt said, “I’m not going to demand an apology from anyone, what I’ll demand is a return of assets.”
Buhari bemoaned the tedious processes and cost involved in asset repatriation and said, “Unfortunately, repatriating stolen assets is tedious, time-consuming, costly. It entails more than just signing of bilateral agreements".
He noted that by the end of the summit, stakeholders could establish an anti-corruption infrastructure that will trace and return stolen assets to their countries of origin.