Purported words of Muhammadu Buhari, President of Nigeria to his country men and women on the need for change, a laudable goal for which he chose “Change begins with me” catchy and pithy phrase:
“We must resist the temptation to fall back on the same partisanship, pettiness and immaturity that have poisoned our country for so long. Let us summon a new spirit of responsibility, spirit of service, of patriotism and sacrifice, Let us all resolve to pitch in and work hard and look after, not only ourselves but one another, What the current problem has taught us is that we cannot have a thriving army of rent seekers and vested interests, while the majority suffers.”
AN IMMORAL ACT
It is immoral to plagiarize other people’s work, but even worse to use dishonesty to launch a campaign about honesty.
When you use another person’s work without acknowledgement, you have plagiarized. You simply pretend as if it is your own. It is unethical. It makes a mess of the campaign from the start. That is what Buhari has done, nobody will believe in the ‘change begins with me’ campaign, because it was built on lies.
Now, this is what I think must have happened, an incompetent speech writer handed the speech to Buhari with no fact checking method by the president’s men that should have saved the president from this embarrassment.
I know this that with the vast opportunity provided by the internet, it’s so tempting to plagiarize, but the same internet provides opportunity to discover plagiarists. It’s particularly troubling that the president has no inspiring words of his own other than to steal from someone.
And this, it is pathetic that this “change” conversation is taking new dimension from what we expected.
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Joyous and immortal words of Barrack Obama in Chicago after his history-making poll victory to the US presidency on the night of November 8, 2008:
“This victory alone is not the change we seek. It is only the chance for us to make that change. And that cannot happen if we go back to the way things were.
“It can’t happen without you, without a new spirit of service, a new spirit of sacrifice.
“So let us summon a new spirit of patriotism, of responsibility, where each of us resolves to pitch in and work harder and look after not only ourselves but each other.
“Let us remember that, if this financial crisis taught us anything, it’s that we cannot have a thriving army of rent seekers and vested interests while others suffer Wall Street while Main Street suffers.
“In this country, we rise or fall as one nation, as one people. Let’s resist the temptation to fall back on the same partisanship and pettiness and immaturity that has poisoned our politics for so long.
“Let us remember that, if this financial crisis taught us anything, it’s that we cannot have a thriving Wall Street while Main Street suffers.
READ THE WHOLE MOVING SPEECH HERE:
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2016. 11.55 a.m. [GMT]