Presidency to sanction official responsible for Buhari’s plagiarised speech
The presidency has confirmed that a part of the speech delivered by President Muhammadu Buhari on September 8, 2016, at the launch of the “Change Begins with Me” campaign was plagiarised.
A deputy director in the Presidency, who has claimed responsibility for the plagiarism, would be sanctioned, said a presidential spokesman Garba Shehu in a statement.
There were huge similarities between a paragraph in President Obama’s 2008 Victory Speech and what President Buhari read in paragraph nine of the sixteen-paragraph address while inaugurating the campaign in Abuja.
The president’s speech read in part “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.”
Obama had in different parts of his 2008 victory speech said: “Let’s resist the temptation to fall back on the same partisanship, pettiness and immaturity that has poisoned our politics for so long…
He Nigerians to look beyond the incident and focus on the message of change which the country needs in order to restore our cherished value systems.