President Buhari has finally admitted that portions of the speech he made on September 8th, the day he launched the ‘Change Begins With Me’ campaign, was actually lifted off President Obama’s speech.
This is the second intellectual theft or plagiarism the Buhari’s administration has ran into within the last two weeks.
Recall that a firm had claimed the Minister of Information plagiarized the idea and logo of the “Change begins with me campaign.”
Lai Mohammed denied the claim.
Admitting the theft, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Garba Shehu, said President Buhari has ordered disciplinary actions against those responsible for the wrongful insertion of the paragraph
According to Garba Shehu, “There was a mistake by an overzealous staff and we regret that this has happened.
“Already, a Deputy Director in the Presidency has accepted responsibility for the insertion of the contentious paragraph.
“This serious oversight will be investigated thoroughly and appropriate sanction meted.
“The presidency wishes to state in the clearest possible terms that it regrets this unfortunate incident and will ensure that this does not happen again.
“Buhari urges Nigerians to look beyond this incident and focus on the message of change which the country needs in order to restore our cherished value systems.
During Obama’s victory speech on November 4, 2008, he said: “Let’s resist the temptation to fall back on the same partisanship and pettiness and immaturity that have 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.”
President Buhari lifted that speech verbatim, changed a few words, and presented it as his.