Zimbabwean envoy to Nigeria summoned over Mugabe’s corruption remarks

Zimbabwe’s Head of Chancery in Abuja Stanley Kunjeku was today summoned by the Nigerian government over President Robert Mugabe’s remarks on 15 March whether Zimbabwe was heading Nigeria’s way in terms of corruption. “Are we now like Nigeria where you have to reach your pocket to get anything done?” Mugabe asked at a special birthday luncheon to mark his 90th birthday. The Nigerian government described Mugabe’s remarks as “vitriolic and denigrating on Nigeria and Nigerians”. Foreign Affairs Permanent Secretary Martin Uhomoibhi said: “We want to present the strongest protest in that statement; not only does it not reflect the reality in our country, but to come from a sitting president of a brotherly country is most unkind and very dishonourable.” Kunjeku said he would forward Nigeria’s protest to Harare.

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