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Buhari Part of President's 'Change Begins With Me' speech is stolen from Obama 2008 victory speech

As far as the definition of plagiarism goes, President Muhammadu Buhari would have little complaints this week

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President Muhammadu Buhari and US President Barack Obama at a meeting in the White House during the Nigerian leader's visit to the United States. play

President Muhammadu Buhari and US President Barack Obama at a meeting in the White House during the Nigerian leader's visit to the United States.

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Move over, Melania Trump, a new case of high level plagiarism has just arisen from the heart of Africa.

President Muhammadu Buhari's 'Change Begins With Me' campaign launched on September 8, 2016, has been labelled a stolen copy from two Public Relations (PR) firms.

The Pulse newsroom has also established that President Buhari's speech-writer(s) went through U.S President Barack Obama's 2008 victory speech, lifted exact words and paragraphs and inserted same in Buhari's address--an address whose entire thrust centered around honesty, transparency, accountability and a new set of values.

Speaking at a rally in Grant Park in Chicago, Illinois, moments after winning the race for the White House in 2008, a fresh faced Obama uttered the following words:

"This victory alone is not the change we seek. It is only the chance for us to make that change. And that cannot happen if we go back to the way things were.

"It can't happen without you, without a new spirit of service, a new spirit of sacrifice.

"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.

"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".

President Buhari is living a lie play Buhari and Obama in Washington (Zimbio)

 

Grappling with an economy in crisis and unable to deliver on a slew of campaign promises, Buhari told his compatriots last week:

"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, 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".

"A new spirit of  service, of sacrifice, of patriotism, of responsibility", said Obama.

"A new spirit of responsibility, of service, of patriotism and sacrifice", said Buhari, eight years later.

"Let's resist the temptation to fall back on the same partisanship and pettiness and immaturity that has poisoned our politics for so long", said Obama.

"Let us all resolve to pitch in and work hard and look after, not only ourselves, but one another. We must resist the temptation to fall back on the same partisanship, pettiness and immaturity that have poisoned our country for so long", Buhari echoed from the walls of Aso Villa last week.

The order of the words may have been altered, but if it smells like plagiarism, that's because it is plagiarism.

This is doubtless the handiwork of a sloppy speech-writer who felt 2008 was a century ago.

President Muhammadu Buhari pictured with French counterpart, Francois Hollande, US President, Barack Obama and UK Prime Minister, David Cameron at the 2015 G7 summit. play Obama, Buhari and other world leaders (CFR)

 

Our politics for so long....

Our Country for so long...

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill defines plagiarism as “the deliberate or reckless representation of another’s words, thoughts, or ideas as one’s own without attribution in connection with submission of academic work, whether graded or otherwise.”

It's evident that no plagiarism checks were run on President Buhari's address and that there were no fact-checkers anywhere near Information and Culture Minister, Lai Mohammed or Buhari when "Change Begins With Theft  Me" was launched.

Pulse reached out to Tolu Ogunlesi, who is the Special Assistant on Digital/New media to President Buhari, on who the President's speech-writer is, but our email wasn't replied at the time of heading to press.

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