Buhari blames aide for plagiarising Obama
Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari has blamed an “overzealous” staff member for plagiarising parts of a speech by Barack Obama.Several passages of a speech Mr Buhari made on September 8 overlapped with President Obama’s address after winning election in 2008. His office admitted the sentences were “too close to be passed as coincidence”. Buhari: “We must resist the temptation to fall back on the same partisanship, pettiness and immaturity that have poisoned our country for so long.” Obama: “Let us resist the temptation to fall back on the same partisanship and pettiness and immaturity that has poisoned our politics for so long.” Buhari used the copied extracts in launching a campaign called “Change Begins With Me”, part of a bid to tackle corruption in Nigeria. The irony was not lost to some online, who mocked Mr Buhari.On the BBC Africa Facebook page though, others were more sympathetic.