Ghana pres­i­dent lip-syncs Bush, Clin­ton

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ACCRA: GHANA’S new pres­i­dent, Nana Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has fired his com­mu­ni­ca­tions di­rec­tor after it was re­vealed his in­au­gu­ral speech was pla­gia­rised.

Videos went vi­ral yes­ter­day show­ing the pres­i­dent’s speech con­tained sec­tions of two US pres­i­den­tial in­au­gu­ra­tion ad­dresses.

They show Addo on a split screen with for­mer US pres­i­dents Ge­orge W Bush and Bill Clin­ton, re­peat­ing their words ex­actly.

Com­mu­ni­ca­tion di­rec­tor Eu­gene Arhin has been re­lieved of his du­ties.

He took to his Face­book page, try­ing to pass off the pla­gia­rism as a case of lack of ref­er­enc­ing and at­tri­bu­tion.

He wrote: “My at­ten­tion has been drawn to ref­er­ences be­ing made to a state­ment in the speech de­liv­ered by the pres­i­dent, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, at his swearingin on Satur­day, which was not duly ac­knowl­edged.

“I apol­o­gise for the non-ac­knowl­edge­ment of this quote to the orig­i­nal au­thor. It was a com­plete over­sight. In the same speech were quotes from JB Dan­quah, Dr KA Bu­sia, Dr Kwame Nkrumah and the Bi­ble, which were all duly at­trib­uted”. – Staff Re­porter

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