United Kingdom Prime Minister David Cameron has been overheard telling the queen there are some “fantastically” corrupt countries coming to a UK anti-corruption summit on Thursday.
Speaking at an event at Buckingham Palace to mark the monarch’s 90th birthday, he added that these countries included Nigeria and Afghanistan – “two of the most corrupt countries in the world.”
A table measuring corruption levels of countries around the
world scores Afghanistan and Nigeria poorly, but they are not at the bottom of the list.
A 2015 table compiled by Transparency International, which works to stop corruption, rates Afghanistan 166th out of 168 countries, with a score of 11 out of 100. Nigeria is ranked 136th, with a score of 26.
The UK is joint 10th in the table with a score of 81 – the same as Germany and Luxembourg. Denmark tops the table with a score of 91.
Somalia and North Korea are bottom of the list.
President Muhammadu Buhari will participate in the international Anti-Corruption Summit which will be held in the British capital on Thursday.
President Buhari will play a “prominent part” in the summit which will be hosted by Prime Minister Cameron with many other heads of state and government in attendance.
Buhari will ahead of the summit’s opening deliver a keynote address titled ‘Why We Must Tackle Corruption Together’ at a pre-summit conference of development partners, the Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council, Transparency International and other civil society groups on Wednesday.
The president is one of the world leaders scheduled to speak at the opening session of the summit with others, including Prime Minister Cameron and the president of the World Bank, Dr. Jim Yong Kim.