Speak from the heart

The Star Early Edition - - OPINION & ANALYSIS -

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.

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