President Buhari Sanctions Aide Over Plagiarism Of Obama’s Speech

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Following reports that President Buhari’s speech at
the ‘Change Begins With Me’ campaign launch was
plagiarized from President Obama’s speech, Buhari
has ordered that disciplinary actions be taken.

Buhari was accused of plagiarism of Obama’s
speech delivered on September 8, 2016 and the
President has ordered that prompt and appropriate
disciplinary action be taken against officials
involved.
The issue was first pointed out by a columnist on
THISDAY newspaper, Adeola Akinremi, who said
that the President lifted Obama’s 2008 victory
speech and passed it off as if the words were his
own.
He wrote: “Yes, a prime part of Buhari’s speech to
the nation last Thursday to launch a campaign
encouraging new culture of transparency,
attitudinal change and hard work among Nigerians
was plagiarised from America’s President Barack
Obama’s 2008 victory speech.
“Buhari’s speech during the launch of the “change
begins with me”, a new national orientation
campaign, contained largely the same sentiment
and arrangement of words that President Obama
used in his 2008 victory speech after he was
elected the first American black president.

“The president lifted a whole paragraph from
Obama’s speech and passed it off as his own
when he said: “We must resist the temptation to
fall back on the same partisanship, pettiness and
immaturity that have poisoned our country for so
long. Let us summon a new spirit of responsibility,
spirit of service, of patriotism and sacrifice, Let us
all resolve to pitch in and work hard and look after,
not only ourselves but one another, What the
current problem has taught us is that we cannot
have a thriving army of rent seekers and vested
interests, while the majority suffers.”
Responding to the observation in a statement on
Friday, a spokesman for the President, Garba
Shehu, said that a Deputy Director in the
Presidency had accepted responsibility for the
insertion of the contentious paragraph.
The Presidency also said it “regrets this
unfortunate incident and will ensure that this does
not happen again”.
Mr Shehu added that the President, however,
urged Nigerians to look beyond this incident and
focus on the message of change which the country
needed in order to restore the nation’s cherished
value systems.

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