President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria has ordered disciplinary action be taken against those who plagiarized and inserted U.S. President Barrack Obama’s 2008 speech into his during a national reorientation campaign launch in Abuja.
Days after the president spoke to the nation about the need for Nigerians to change their ways before they see the change they voted for, an analysis of the whole speech revealed that sections of the speech were exactly as those used during President Obama’s election victory speech almost eight years ago.
News of plagiarism reached local and international media within hours of President Buhari’s departure for New York where he has gone to attend the 71st UN General Assembly. It is expected that the leader of Africa’s most populous nation will meet with President Obama during the his visit to New York.
The office of the president in Abuja was quick to acknowledge the incident through a statement released by Buhari’s spokesperson, Garba Shehu.
“It was observed that the 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 on Thursday, September 8, 2016 are too close to be passed as coincidence,” Buhari’s spokesperson, Garba Shehu said in a statement.
He expressed the presidency’s regret for the “mistake by an overzealous staff” while adding that: “Already, a Deputy Director in the Presidency has accepted responsibility for the insertion of the contentious paragraph.”
The statement said the “serious oversight” will be investigated and urged Nigerians to look beyond the incident and focus on the message of change. President Buhari has been heavily criticized for the gaffe which is described as “unethical” by the local media.
Let’s resist the temptation to fall back on the same partisanship and pettiness and immaturity that has poisoned our politics for so long. So let us summon a new spirit of patriotism, of responsibility, where each of us resolves to pitch in and work harder and look after not only ourselves but each other.
Let us remember that, if this financial crisis taught us anything, it’s that we cannot have a thriving Wall Street while Main Street suffers.
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.