The Presidency has admitted that the similarities between a Paragraph in the 2008 Obama Speech & Paragraph 9 of the Change Begins With Me Speech are too close to be passed off as coincidence.
A statement by Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu on Friday said ”there was a mistake by an overzealous staff”, adding ”we regret that this has happened”.
Shehu said; “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 sanctions meted out
“We wish to state in the clearest possible terms that we regret this unfortunate incident and will ensure that it does not happen again.
He added that President Buhari has ordered that prompt and appropriate disciplinary action be taken against the person(s) responsible.
It will be recalled that a Journalist, Adeola Akinremi, had accused President Buhari of plagiarising the “Change begins with me” campaign speech, which he said belongs to the United States President Barrack Obama.