Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari Saturday presented his apologies for having taken several passages from a speech by US President Barack Obama in 2008 in Chicago on the occasion of his victory in the presidential election, said its spokesman.
Those responsible for this plagiarism will be held accountable, said the spokesman. The Nigerian head of state asked his compatriots to ignore “the incident” of September 8 to focus on the message of the speech.
“We must resist the temptation to fall back on the same partisanship, pettiness and immaturity that have poisoned our country for so long. Let us summon a new spirit of responsibility, spirit of service, of patriotism and sacrifice. Let us all resolve to pitch in and work hard and look after, not only ourselves, but one another,” said Buhari during his monthly speech. “Change begins with me “against corruption and in favor of a more progressive Nigeria.
These words are almost identical to those uttered by Barack Obama in 2008 after his election to the White House:
So let us summon a new spirit of patriotism; of service and responsibility where each of us resolves to pitch in and work harder and look after not only ourselves, but each other. … Let us resist the temptation to fall back on the same partisanship and pettiness and immaturity that has poisoned our politics for so long.
The Nigerian president has already been the subject of ridicule from the local press, which emphasizes that the fact he is launching an anti-corruption campaign itself is dishonest.