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Mahama to Cameron: Let’s fight graft as partners

The President of Ghana, Mr John Dramani Mahama has told the West to see African leaders as partners in the fight against corruption.

According to Mr Mahama, it does not help when there is finger-pointing as far as corruption is concerned.

He made the call following comments made by the Prime Minister of UK, David Cameron that Nigeria is one of two “fantastically corrupt” countries in the world.

David Cameron made the comments in a conversation with the Queen of England and other dignitaries ahead of the anti-corruption summit held in the UK on Thursday on May 12.

Ghana’s President has described the UK Prime Minister’s comment as “unfortunate”.

Speaking in an interview with BBC’s Peter Okwoche, Mr Mahama said the Western countries must work as partners with African countries to return stolen assets stashed in their countries.

Responding to a question on whether African countries were able to tell the West that they were as guilty as African countries, Mr Mahama said: “It was put out quite strongly and I think it was started with President Buhari when he arrived and [addressed] those unfortunate comments that were made.

“I think that it doesn’t make a good environment when there is a finger-pointing amongst us, we must be working as partners.

“…So, yes, we must look at the sources of corruption, we must put the systems in place that prevent it from happening. But when it has happened, we must look at these advanced and developed countries where these monies are hidden and can be returned to their legitimate owners in the developing world,” he said.

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