Buhari blames aide for pla­gia­ris­ing Obama

The Star (Kenya) - - News World -

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.

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