Earlier in the month President Buhari was ridiculed over the internet for the plagiarized Obama speech. The aftermath of this incident according to current report is the sack of the top media aide responsible for writing the speech.
It would have been best if top public figures would write their speeches themselves or at least have a chat with the speechwriters whose job is to present the vision of the personality in words.
Social observers at the moment do not let the crime of plagiarism committed in the public eye slip. Buhari’s words while rendering the address during the launch of the ‘Change Begins With Me Campaign’ were noticed to be same ones President Obama used in 2008 after he won the elections.
The presidency obviously did not find the copy and paste embarrassment funny, thus a reliable source had revealed that the guilty media aide has been fired.
“At 8 o’clock on the Monday morning following the allegations, he reported at the office of the Head of Service, and he was immediately asked to vacate his position and office at the State House pending further measures which will be guided by civil service rules and regulations.”
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity has also confirmed the sack claims of the officer responsible for the plagiarized Obama speech.
To avoid a repeat of the national disgrace, Vanguard reports that a new digital means has been employed in the State House to improve the process of drafting speeches.
“This includes the provision of tools that detect plagiarism, similar to those used by editors and academics around the world.”
After admitting that a part of the speech was copied, the presidency tendered its apology to the nation, urging them on to embrace the gospel of change as intended, regardless of the originality of the script rendered to them.