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Saturday, 17 September 2016

President Buhari Order Disciplinary Action Over Obama's Plagiarised Speech

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.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, made this known in a statement Friday night.

He stated: "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."

The presidential aide said there was a mistake by "an overzealous staff and we regret that this has happened." According to Shehu, already, a deputy director in the Presidency had accepted responsibility for the insertion of the contentious paragraph.

He said "this serious oversight" would be investigated thoroughly and appropriate sanction meted. Shehu added: "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."

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