Nigeria’s Muhammadu Buhari Admits Plagiarising Obama In Recent Speech – Blames ‘Overzealous Staff’ Member

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Looks like every once in a while the Obama’s has someone plagiarising their speeches. They’re just that good.

Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari has admitted that a recent speech he gave actually plagiarised parts of a Barack Obama speech from his inauguration in 2008.

Buhari’s office issued an apology for the incident, claiming a staff member had committed the error.

The speech was given on September 8, as the Nigerian leader launched a new initiative known as “Change Begins With Me”, part of a bid to tackle corruption.

One part of the speech read “We must resist the temptation to fall back on the same partisanship, pettiness and immaturity that have poisoned our country for so long.”

The corresponding part from Obama’s 2008 speech read “Let us resist the temptation to fall back on the same partisanship and pettiness and immaturity that has poisoned our politics for so long.”

“There was a mistake by an overzealous staff and we regret that this has happened,” Mr Buhari’s spokesman, Garba Shehu, wrote on Twitter.

“President Buhari urges Nigerians to look beyond this incident and focus on the message of change which the country needs in order to restore our cherished value systems.”

Online, Nigerians have ceaselessly mocked their President, who’s fight against corruption and getting the country back on track has remarkably stalled since being elected.

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