Hours after the swearing-in of Ghana’s 5th President of the 4th Republic, Nana Ado Dankwa Akufo-Addo, his press secretary, Eugene Arhin has apologised to all Ghanaians for the plagiarised portions of the inaugural speech of the President.
Soon after President Akufo-Addo finished delivering his inaugural speech, a video clip went viral on social media showing Nana Addo plagiarized purportedly plagiarizing Thomas Woodrow Wilson, an American politician and academic who served as the 28th President of the United States from 1913 to 1921.
In a speech in 1913, Wilson said “We are bound by ideals that teach us what it means to be citizens. Every child must be taught these ideals. Every citizen must uphold them. I ask you to be citizens. Citizens, not spectators. Citizens, not subjects. Responsible citizens building communities of service and a nation of character.”
The quote was repeated by President George Bush in 2001.
Whiles urging Ghanaians to be loyal citizens, President Akufo-Addo said, “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. Holy Scripture in Galatians 6:9 says “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”
The news attracted negative comments but in a swift response, Mr. Arhin stated on his facebook page it was an oversight.
He posted; “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 apologize 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.”