Speak from the heart
THERE are lessons to be learnt from the scandal over new Ghanaian President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s inauguration speech. And that lesson is that leaders must speak from the heart, always, and not depend on written speeches they have not even bothered to digest before they deliver them to the electorate.
The fact that Akufo-Addo read a plagiarised speech will be a blight on his presidency and shows that he is clumsy. In this day of the internet, it takes only a search engine to find out if you’re being sold a dud.
It’s a good thing that Akufo-Addo acted swiftly and fired his communications chief, Eugene Arhin, for this embarrassing deed, but the damage has already been done.
Akufo-Addo is the laughing stock of the world now as the video showing that his speech had been plagiarised from two former US presidents – Bill Clinton and George W Bush – has gone viral. This will haunt him forever.
Henceforth, he must speak from the heart, like all leaders should.