So I heard that in a country of lettered laureates, the President’s speech was plagiarised. Well, sad. Very sad.
Writing, speechwriting specifically, is not easy.
But plagiarising is lazy, very lazy. Sleazy too.
But as difficult as writing is, even for the gifted, the crime of plagiarism is never an option. Not on Facebook, not on Twitter, not in publishing, not on theses, and definitely not in a President’s speech.
I do not know Aso Rock’s speechwriters, but I know the job firsthand, and I admit how “tough” it can be to work as a speechwriter for/with TYPICAL Nigerian politicians. Still, a presidential (or gubernatorial) speechwriter should know also that this relative “toughness” isn’t a cloak for the vice of plagiarism. And that, at that level, it amounts to national and international shame.
Funny enough though, this is not cutting some slack for the speechwriter(s) that did the Obama swoop; nor for the Presidency that employed him, her, or them. I once mentioned that there seems to be an innate inappetence for class in the Presidency considering the many mediocre marks that speckle some of the appointments.
On my Facebook friends list lásán, I can easily count 20 young minds in a sleepy hollow. Fluid young people who readily possess the gift, grace, wit, and emotional intelligence to understand and assess the mood and thoughts of a moment; put it together in the charm of words, and deliver an original masterpiece in the form of a President’s speech. But, as I said, the scouts in this Presidency didn’t “CHANGE”, they probably did the usual: nepotism against competence to make appointments. Alas, plagiarism.
We have age-long reserves of crude oil, fuel gets scarce.
We have amazonian stretch of arable land, food gets expensive.
In Nigeria, we have an inexhaustible bazaar of resources, economy recedes.
We have lettered laureates, presidential speech gets plagiarised.
Damn! These people really did plagiarise a speech for the President of the Nation! Damn! It just sunk in deeper. MEDIOCRE !!! Haha.
Well, the #ChangeBeginsWithMe thing was a kwashiorkor idea in the first place sha, so maybe it isn’t farfetched that the plagiarism-rich President’s speech at its launch came as a mere sign and symptom that has “persisted after 2 days”….people, call Doctor oh!
His dead? Ha!
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