ThisDay columnist Adeola Akinremi pointed out in his column for the paper on Friday that part of President Muhammadu Buhari’s speech on “Change Begins With me campaign was plagiarised from United States President Barrack Obama’s November 4, 2008 victory speech in Chicago.
One is tempted to ask, that what’s with the Obama’s speech that makes it so attractive for plagiarism. Few months ago exactly in July, Melania Trump, wife of the controversial US Republican Presidential candidate, Donald Trump, and US First Lady, Michelle Obama also experienced a similar plagiarism scandal. Part of Melania Trump’s speech canvassing support for her husband lifted part of an earlier speech by Michelle Obama. Her speech writer, however, confessed and offered to resign after the action led to a scandal. Will this be the path that will be taken by the Presidency when it finally reacts to the plagiarism scandal?
Below are the plagiarised parts :
Part of Obama’s Speech That Was Plagiarised:
He said, “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.
“In this country, we rise or fall as one nation, as one people. Let’s resist the temptation to fall back on the same partisanship and pettiness and immaturity that has poisoned our politics for so long.”
Part Of Buhari’s Speech That Plagiarised Obama’s Speech
Buhari said, “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.”
The plagiarism scandal adds to the controversy surrounding the ‘Change begins with me’ campaign, which has been widely criticised by Nigerians and civil society organisations.