Nana Addo won’t apologise over plagiarized speech – Atta Akyea

Source: Ghana | Adomonline.com | KWAKU NTI | frank.nti@adomonline.com | twitter: @NanaKwakuNti
Date: 11-01-2017 Time: 12:01:44:pm
Atta Akyea

Abuakwa South Member of Parliament (MP), Samuel Atta Akyea says calls for President Akufo-Addo to apologise for plagiarizing portions of his inaugural speech are out of place.

The President who was sworn into office four days ago has come under intense criticisms from his opponents for plagiarizing portions of his inauguration speech.

The President at his inauguration last weekend in the capital Accra, told Ghanaians, “I ask you to be citizens not spectators; citizens not subjects.”

It turned out that these were the exact words used by former US President George W Bush. The words are actually being traced to another United States president, Woodrow Wilson.

President Akufo-Addo did not attribute the statement to anyone in his speech. Social media was set ablaze since it emerged that the statement is plagiarized.

Since the revelation that that portion of the speech was plagiarized, Director of Communication at the Presidency, Eugene Arhin, has issued an apology.

"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.

"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 Dr. J.B Danquah, Dr. K.A. Busia, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah and the Bible which were all duly attributed and acknowledged," he wrote on Facebook.

But the apology seemed not to have gone down well with Ghanaians causing the minority in Parliament to demand that the President comes to the house to expunge the plagiarized details from the speech in the Parliamentary hansard.

Atta Akyea told Accra-based Citi FM that he disagrees with this call insisting that the President should be insulated from blame as he did not author the speech. He argued that it is rather the speech writer who ought to be taken on.

“The one who was responsible for putting together the speech should rather apologise but the one who read the wrong thing because of the negligence of another, why should he apologise? I have been embarrassed, I have been shamed by somebody not putting together what is right, why should I apologise?,” he quizzed.

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