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"Are we now like Nigeria.....?" - President Mugabe of Zimbabwe asks Zimbabweans and sets off a diplomatic row.
| April 11, 2014
"Are we now like Nigeria where you have to reach into your pocket to get anything done?" - With those words, President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe set off strong condemnation from Nigeria's Ministry of Foreign Affairs who summoned the Zimbabwean charge d’affaires in Nigeria to lodge a strong protest against the statement and called President Mugabe's comments "vitriolic and denigrating". The ministry also told the charge d’affaires, “We want to present the strongest protest to that statement. Not only does it not reflect the reality in our country, but to come from the sitting president of a brotherly country, we thought it was most unkind and dishonourable. “We take the strongest objection to it, we protest it in the strongest terms, for its factual inaccuracy and the unfriendly attitude it conveys of the president towards Nigeria and Nigerians. This attack must stop for the good of our two countries.” Mr Mugabe had made the statement while criticising corruption in Zimbabwe at an event marking his 90th birthday. He made the statement despite the fact that Transparency International listed Zimbabwe as more corrupt than Nigeria in its 2013 Corruption Perceptions Index. In 2013, Nigeria was ranked 144th and Zimbabwe was ranked 157th out of 175 countries.

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OMOTAYO, J. A.    Accra, GHANA    April 12, 2014
Nigeria is very corrupt, no doubt. But is Nigeria more corrupt than Zimbabwe? I think otherwise. Mugabe has been in power for over twenty eight (28) years and he is the oldest president in Africa, if not in the world. How can the kettle call the pot black? Obviously, Nigeria needs to address this corruption issue to redeem her image both locally and internationally. God save Nigeria.
Uwakwe Abugu,Esq.    Abuja, Nigeria    April 12, 2014
This is a case of d pot calling d kettle black.
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