September 19, 2016
Plagiarism Of Obama’s Speech: Presidency To Expel Deputy Director From Aso Rock
A report by Premium Times has shown that the Presidency will this week transfer a deputy director, out of the State House, Abuja.
The unnamed deputy director is the one blamed plagiarising U.S. President Barack Obama’s speech.
It will be recalled that 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.
However, according to Premium Times, officials have revealed that he will first be directed to vacate his seat at the president’s office.
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.