Nigeria: Presidency moves to curb plagiarism after Buhari 'stole' Obama's speech

Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari and US President Barack Obama

Nigeria's Presidency is moving to install plagiarism detection software on the computers of its speechwriters to prevent a recurrence of plagiarism in presidential speeches, it has been reported.

The move comes after a speech delivered by President Muhammadu Buhari last week titled, “Change begins with me”,  which was found to contain parts of US President Barack Obama’s 2008 victory speech generated controversy.

The President apologised for the incident, which it blamed on an overzealous aide, saying  it would not happen again. but according to a media reports, officials have now resolved to take a range of measures to guard against any further embarrassment.

“One of the measures will be to install plagiarism detection software to check speeches before they are delivered by the president,”  a source was quoted as saying..

According to the Daily Trust, presidential spokesman Garba Shehu has confirmed the plan saying the Presidency is determined to ensure that a case of plagiarism will never happen again.