Saturday, 17 September 2016

How Presidency to Punish Speechwriter for Plagiarisng Obama's Speech…Read Details


President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday said the speechwriter responsible for plagiarising the United States President Barack Obama’s 2008 victory speech will face disciplinary action. The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, in a statement said that the similarities between certain paragraphs in Buhari and Obama’s speeches were too similar to be coincidental. The statement read in part, “President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered that prompt and appropriate disciplinary action be taken against those responsible for a wrongful insertion in his speech delivered on September 8, 2016 at the launch of the ‘Change Begins with Me’ campaign.   Shehu blamed the action on some overzealous workers and apologised on their behalf. He also said that a deputy director in the presidency had accepted responsibility for the action but added that the oversight would be investigated and the appropriate punishment would be meted out to the official. Shehu urged Nigerians to look beyond the error and not allow the gaffe to distract them from the core message of change. He added, “There was a mistake by an overzealous worker 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. “President 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.” Buhari had on September 8, 2016 said at the launch of the campaign that before Nigerians could see the changes he promised before the 2015 election, they must first change their attitude by shunning corruption and other social vices. He had also said that change was not about economic or social progress, but about the citizens’ personal behaviour.

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