nigerian-president-muhammadu-buhari-apologizes-for-plagiarizing-obama-victory-speech. ABUJA, Nigeria, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari faces criticism for plagiarizing a speech by U.S. President Barack Obama, which Buhari blamed on an “overzealous” staff member.
Buhari’s speech came at an event on Sept. 8 which called for an end to “dishonesty, indolence, unbridled corruption and widespread impunity” in Nigeria as part of his “Change Begins With Me” campaign.
“It is immoral to plagiarize other people’s work, but even worse to use dishonesty to launch a campaign about honesty,” he said.
Buhari’s office said the speeches were “too close to be passed as coincidence.”
His office also said the fault lies with an “overzealous staff” member.
“President Buhari urges Nigerians to look beyond this incident and focus on the message of change,” Buhari’s spokesman tweeted on Friday.
By Sarah Mulé