President Muhammadu Buhari has vowed to punish those responsible for the plagiarism scandal he has been caught up in over his #ChangeBeginsWithMe speech
It emerged during the week that parts of the speech Buhari delivered at the launch of the campaign on September 8 copied some parts of a 2008 speech by US President Barack Obama.
A statement issued on Friday by Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, said a Deputy Director in the presidency has taken responsibility for the embarrasing development. He said appropriate sanctions would be meted out to the offenders.
The statement reads:
“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.
“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.
“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.
“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.