Ghana’s New President Apologizes For Plagiarizing Inaugural Presidential Speech
Ghana’s new President, Nana Akufo-Addo, has apologized for plagiarizing his inauguration day speech.
The apology was issued in Accra, Ghana, on Sunday by the office of the President of Ghana.on Sunday, has issued an apology after the
Newly sworn-in President of Ghana, Akufo-Addo was accused of lifting passages from speeches of two former US presidents, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, in his inaugural address.
Akufo-Addo had delivered the speech on Saturday at his swearing in ceremony at the Black Stars Square in Accra.
According to reports by the News Agency of Nigeria, word about the plagiarised portions of the speech went viral on social media shortly after Nana Addo had ended his address.
Ghana’s New President Akufo-Addo In Plagiarizm Mess
In his address, Akufo-Addo said:
“Though our challenges are fearsome, so are our strengths.
“Ghanaians have been a restless, questing, hopeful people.
“And we must bring to our task today the vision and will of those who came before us”.
The quoted section of Nana’s speach was lifted from Bill Clinton’s 1993 inaugural speech.
According to reports, the only difference in the statement was the replacement of ‘Americans’ with ‘Ghanaians’.
A different section of Akufo-Addo’s speech, said to be from George Bush’s 2001 inaugural speech was quoted as follows:
“I ask you to be citizens: citizens, not spectators; citizens, not subjects; responsible citizens building your communities and our nation.
“Let us work until the work is done”.
Nana Akufo-Addo’s communication director, Eugene Arhin, in the apology over the plagiarism claisms said:
“I unreservedly apologise for the non-acknowledgement of this quote to the original author.
“It was a complete oversight, and never deliberate”.
Akufo-Addo was sworn in as president of the Republic of Ghana in a grand ceremony on Saturday 7th January, 2017.