It’s actually quite hilarious how being so British can make things so awkward.
David Cameron, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, was have a little chat with the Queen and the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby. The topic of conversation was corruption while the trio attended an event in honour of the Monarchs 90th (she is still celebrating?).
David Cameron brought up the subject as tomorrow the UK government will be hosting an anti-corruption summit, at which Nigeria’s president Muhammadu Buhari will deliver a keynote address entitled “Why we must tackle corruption together”.
Surrounded by cameras and microphones, Cameron got caught telling the Queen that “leaders of some fantastically corrupt countries” will be attending.
How’s that, hey, “some fantastically corrupt countries”?
He then carried on by singling out two countries:
Nigeria and Afghanistan, possibly the most corrupt countries in the world.
While the Queen fell silent, the archbishop – who used to work with Nigeria when he was an oil executive – quickly cut in:
“But this particular president is actually not corrupt,” he said, insisting that Buhari was “trying very hard”.
Just last year when Buhari won elections he vowed to fight against corruption. He responded to the statement, saying he was deeply shocked and embarrassed by the comments.
Meanwhile, an official Afghan embassy official described it as unfair, arguing the country was making important progress.
In the mix was also Speaker of the Commons, John Bercow, who asked “jokingly”:
They are coming at their own expense aren’t they?”
Cameron responded with a laughing “Yes.” How awkwardly rude.
Check the clip below:
PM caught on mic (again): says to Queen, ‘Nigeria & Afghanistan, possibly the 2 most corrupt countries in the world’ pic.twitter.com/xSKzUlNe49
— Chris Ship (@chrisshipitv) May 10, 2016
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