Ghana’s new president Nana Addo Dankwah Akufo-Addo may have plagiarized at least two American leaders in his inaugural speech.
Akufo-Addo delivered a rousing speech after taking the oath of office at the Independence Square on January 7.
But it appears parts of his speech were stolen from George W. Bush and Bill Clinton, both former US presidents.
“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,” Akufo-Addo urged fellow citizens.
It appears those words were “lifted” from George Bush’s 2001 inaugural speech.
Akufo-Addo also said:
“Though our challenges are fearsome, so are our strengths. Ghanaians have ever been a restless, questing, hopeful people.”
It appears those words, with the exception of “Ghanaians” (which replaced “Americans”) were taken from Bill Clinton’s 1993 inaugural speech.
The public is divided over the claims of plagiarism now leveled against the new Ghanaian president. But Director of Communications at the Presidency, Eugene Arhin, has apologized for the “oversight” in the inaugural speech of President Akuffo-Addo.
“My attention has been drawn to references being made to a statement in the speech delivered by the President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, at his swearing in on Saturday, January 7, 2017, which was not duly acknowledged,” he said.
“I unreservedly apologise for the non-acknowledgement of this quote to the original author. It was a complete oversight, and never deliberate.
“It is insightful to note that in the same speech were quotes from J.B Danquah, Dr. K.A. Busia, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah and the Bible which were all duly attributed and acknowledged.”
Akufo-Addo will not be the first to face such accusations. Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari, US incoming First Lady Melania Trump were criticized in the past for “stealing” lines from other world leaders.