Ghana’s new presidency blighted by plagiarism

Ghana's new presidency blighted by plagiarism

The New president of Ghana, Nana Akufo-Addo, has just been sworn in.

His presidency took off on a rocky start yesterday after it was discovered he plagiarized a portion of George Bush’s 2001 speech.

Bush had said: “I ask you to be citizens: citizens, not spectators; citizens, not subjects.

“Responsible citizens building communities of service and a nation of character.”

Akufo-Addo said: “I ask you to be citizens: citizens, not spectators; citizens, not subjects.

“Responsible citizens building your communities and our nation. Let us work until the work is done.”

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This is not the first time a West African president would be accused of plagiarizing other leaders’ speeches.

In September 2016, President Buhari was embroiled in a plagiarizing scandal.

In Buhari’s “Change begins with me” speech, the president had copied from US President Barack Obama’s 2008 victory speech.

His aides put the blame on an unnamed “overzealous speech writer.”

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Buhari’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, the 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.

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“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.”

Akufo-Addo was sworn as the 54th president of Ghana on Saturday.

He took over from the incumbent president (now former), John Dramani Mahama.