Change Begins With Me: Presidency removes Deputy Director over plagiarism



The Deputy Director linked to the plagiarism detected in President
Muhammadu Buhari’s speech at the launching of the “Change Begins With
Me” campaign has been redeployed from the State House.
President Muhammadu Buhari had ordered appropriate disciplinary action against those responsible for the wrongful insertion in his speech.

Part of the speech was uncovered to have been lifted from an address by President Barack Obama of the United States.

Disciplinary process for the officer began at the start of the week, Daily Trust reports.

“At 8 o’clock on the Monday morning following the allegations, he
reported at the office of the Head of Service, and he was immediately
asked to vacate his position and office at the State House pending
further measures which will be guided by civil service rules and
regulations,” a source said.

Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity,
Femi Adesina confirmed the developments by saying: “the officer is no
longer in the State House.”

It was also gathered that the Presidency has also taken steps to avoid a repeat of such an embarrassing occurrence.

To this end, a new digital process has been put in place in the State House to aid the process of drafting speeches.

This includes the provision of tools that detect plagiarism, similar to those used by editors and academics around the world.

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