Presidency to ‘sack’ Director. Is Plagiarism more wrong than Corruption or Dalung guff?

Am I the only one that has been taken aback by the speed at which the hunt for Obama’s Plagiarist  has hit the ground running? Why hasn’t the same attitude been applied to every other wrongdoing or corruption case in Nigeria?  No committee was set up to investigate this case, well, none that has been made public. No special tribunal set up. No SANs involved. No campaign in support in newspapers. No influential twitter handlers employed to campaign for leniency or ethnicity. No facebook page set up. None of these. There are hundreds of other situations that have been embarrassing to the government if you tink of it. So, yes, plagiarism is wrong and should be punished, but could it be more wrong than corruption that it has warranted this attention and immediate action by the powers that be? What about guff by the President’s ministers. Surely, when a minister opens his mouth to speak, he speaks on behalf of the president. If sports Minister Dalung can declare Athletes do not need to train to win medals, that is cringe worthy of a sack. How about all the ‘alleged’ corrupt cases. Why hasn’t a speedy process been screamed for by the presidency? Yes, the responsibility is on the judicial arm of government, but the executive arm can scream ‘fowl’ in order to highlight this anomaly. This is why I have wondered why this Plagiarism case is so different.  But, then again, if this is the change that has begun with the President, long may it continue. – Jide Salu.


The Presidency will this week transfer a deputy director, blamed for the plagiarism of U.S. President Barack Obama’s speech, out of the State House, Abuja.

The presidency had on Friday blamed the yet-to-be-named deputy director for the scandal that has embarrassed the Nigerian government.

“Already, a Deputy Director in the Presidency has accepted responsibility for the insertion of the contentious paragraph,” Garba Shehu, Mr. Buhari’s spokesperson, said in a statement on Friday.

“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.

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

The official will start facing disciplinary proceedings in accordance with civil service rules today (Monday), presidency sources said.

But he will first be directed to vacate his seat at the president’s office, officials have told PREMIUM TIMES.

The Permanent Secretary of the State House, Jalal Arabi, is expected to query the official and then refer his case to the Head of Service for further actions, our sources said.

The unnamed official has been blamed for tinkering with a speech prepared for President Buhari, plagiarising a famous speech Mr. Obama delivered when he was elected the first black President of the United States.

The plagiarism was first detected by THISDAY Newspaper and Mr. Buhari apologised for the “wrongful insertion”Friday night. 

PREMIUM TIMES sources said the official committed the embarrassing act after Mr. Buhari’s speech had already been vetted by officials at the office of the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Administration. 

Presidential spokespersons, Femi Adesina, and Garba Shehu, did not respond to PREMIUM TIMES requests for comments on the disciplinary actions being taken against the deputy director.

Premium Times

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