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President under fire for 'stealing' Obama's 2008 speech

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari



Nigerians on Twitter have condemned PresidentMuhammadu Buhari for plagiarising the President Barack Obama's 2008 victory speech.

Presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, had on Friday, September 16, admitted that the paragraph nine of Buhari's speech at the 'Change Begins With Me' campaign launch was a 'copy and paste' of Obama's 2008 speech.
He blamed the reckless insertion on the error of an ambitious staff in the Presidency, saying the matter would be investigated and the offender punished accordingly.
Al though, multiple sources say, the erred staff has been identified and sacked.
Nonetheless, Nigerians have continued to mock the President, describing the incident as embarrassing and hypocritical of the leader demanding 'Change' from his followers.
With the harsh tag #TheStolenSpeech, which is currently trending on the microblogging site Twitter, some said the Presidency did not take responsibility until BBC reported the plagiarism story.
It also emerged that Buhari's popular quote from his 2015 inauguration speech - "I belong to everybody and I belong to nobody" was copied from Charles de Gaulle's 1958 speech.
Charles de Gaulle was a French army officer and statesman. He was the leader of Free France and the head of the Provisional Government of the French Republic.
See some of the Twitter reactions below:

Readers are Leaders and vice versa but sadly,@MBuhari is not one. That's why you have the . Shame!!!

But Obama said "...spirit..." @MBuhari said "...siprt..." That should count for originality.

STEALING is CORRUPTION
~PMB stole Obama speech
~Lai Moh'd stole  idea
~Kemi Adeosun stole British accent

Buhari told his team to think outside the box a few days ago. They stumbled on an epiphany and gifted us .

Brilliant!

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