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British PM praises Nigeria for fight against corruption

British Prime Minister, David Cameron also said that he had made some “unforced errors” in the last 24 hours.

Nigeria's President-elect Muhammadu Buhari (R) departs after meeting with Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron at Downing Street in London, England, May 23, 2015. REUTERS/Neil Hall

Cameron also said that he had made some “unforced errors” in the last 24 hours.

The PM had been caught on camera saying that Nigeria and Afghanistan are “fantastically corrupt”.

“First of all I had better check the microphone is on before speaking…  tips on diplomacy are useful, given the last 24 hours I have made many unforced errors,” Cameron said after being summoned by the House of Commons over the comment.

“The leaders of Nigeria and Afghanistan are battling hard against very corrupt systems and have made remarkable steps forward,” he added.

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Cameron’s remark drew criticism from all over the world with many accusing him of hypocrisy due to the role of the UK in the storing of ill-gotten wealth.

President Muhammadu Buhari, in response, urged the British PM not to bother with an apology as his government is only interested in the return of stolen assets.

Watch video of Buhari's response below:

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