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Why Presidency sanctioned officer over ‘change begins with me’ speech scandal

The Presidency has lamented what it called ‘serious oversight’ on the alleged speech plagiarising President Barack Obama’s 2008 inaugural speech, reports ITRealms.

The Senior Special Adviser (SSA) to the President Muhammadu Buhari on Media & Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, said the oversight will be thoroughly investigated and appropriate sanction meted.

Although he did not give timeline on when to expect out of the investigations, Shehu quoted President Muhammadu Buhari as having ordered prompt and appropriate disciplinary action be taken against those responsible for a wrongful insertion in his speech delivered on September 8, 2016 at the launch of the ``Change Begins with Me’’ campaign.

He noted that they have observed that the similarities between a paragraph in President Obama’s 2008 Victory Speech and what President Buhari read in paragraph nine of the sixteen-paragraph address while inaugurating the Campaign on Thursday, September 8, 2016 are too close to be passed as coincidence.

According to him, there was a mistake by an overzealous staff and we regret that this has happened.
Already, a Deputy Director in the Presidency has accepted responsibility for the insertion of the contentious paragraph.

“This serious oversight will be investigated thoroughly and appropriate sanction meted,” he assured.

The Presidency wishes to state in the clearest possible terms that it regrets this unfortunate incident and will ensure that this does not happen again.

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.


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