Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty
May 11, 2016
British Prime Minister David Cameron has said Afghanistan and Nigeria had taken “remarkable steps forward” on corruption, after calling the countries “fantastically corrupt.”
Addressing MPs on May 11, Cameron said the countries’ leaders were “battling hard against very corrupt systems.”
Cameron’s original comments about the two countries came while he was speaking at a London reception on May 10.
“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,” Cameron said, referring to a May 12 anticorruption summit in London.
Reacting to the comments, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s spokesman Zafar Hashemi said, “It is our commitment — not only to the Afghan people but [also] to the international community — that we are serious about fighting corruption in Afghanistan.”
Afghanistan is at number 166, second-from-bottom, in Transparency International’s latest Corruption Perceptions Index, an annual ranking of countries. Nigeria is ranked 136th.