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11-Jan-2017  
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The General Secretary of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Mr Johnson Asiedu Nketiah says President Nana Akufo-Addo has caused Ghanaians an embarrassment with his plagiarised speech.
He therefore thinks that as a matter of urgency, the new President should take steps to rectify the speech through proper parliamentary procedures.

According to the NDC scribe, it is not enough to issue an apology wondering how a party which claims to be competent and can boast of the best intellectuals, lawyers, academicians could be accused of plagiarism.

President Akufo-Addo's inaugural speech contained portions of statements previously made by former US Presidents Bill Clinton and George W Bush and which were not duly acknowledged.

The speech has since attracted local and international ridicule with a montage of the two speeches by the US presidents and President Akufo-Addo circulated on social media.

Although a swift apology was issued by the Acting Head of Communications at the Presidency, Mr Eugene Arhin, Mr Nketiah believes it was not enough.

"If I should meet him personally I will tell him that he has disgraced the country", Mr Asiedu Nketia stated on Accra-based Asempa FM.

He wondered why prominent lecturers were defending the President's gaffe when they would not forgive their students who were found to have plagiarised.

To be forgiven for the blot, he said there was a need for the President's secretary to issue an official communique to Parliament to the effect that those plagiarised portions be expunged from the speech.

"If you make a mistake in public, you don't apologise in private , he stressed, adding that until the apology is captured and effected in the parliamentary Hansard, the blunder will remain a record.

He warned that the NDC will keep the government on its toes by constantly scrutinising its policies and decisions.

He recalled how the NPP criticised and asked him to apologise for wearing his wife's winter coat during a visit to Germany with President John Dramani Mahama in 2013.

According to him some critics, mostly NPP supporters berated him for making Ghana a laughing stock in the international community.

He said although he wasn't part of the government delegation at the time of the visit, he came under intense pressure to apologise to the people of Ghana for wearing feminine winter jacket which according to him was nobodys business.
 
 
 
Source: graphic.com.gh
 
 

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Name: nsawam mp
ghana day of embarassment is the ghana government flew 4million dollars to brazil that was the day the whole ghana got embarass in the international arena
 
Name: KOFI ADAMS
ASEIDU NKETIAH, MALAFAKA
 
Name: no size
General 1. U have no size in Ghana politics. Anyway I'm still ashamed of the speech by our president.
 
Name: Hmmmmm
NPP babies with blunt teeth all over the place. Time will tell
 
Name: Martin amidu jnr
Ndc is just jealous and wants to distract the importance of nana's colorful inauguration.Ghanaians,lets punish ndc in opposition for 16yrs...they are just nation wreckers and evil
 
Name: PAULA
PROFESSOR ASIEDU OF ENGLISH AND LINGUISTICS,YOUR MMAA WINTER COAT DID NOT EMBARASS GHANA. GO AND ORGANIZE YOUR SINKING PARTY AND LEAVE NANA ALONE.
 
Name: grace
I am an information scientist and a librarian. I don't think there was something wrong with Nana's speech. Where he needed to cite, he did. You could hear him saying and "I quote" several times in his speech. With the speech people are claiming for ***barred word*** is not Bushe's original speech. He borrowed from Woodrow Wilson, who was the 28th President of USA. He made the statement in September 1919 and died in 1924. From 1919 -2017 is 98 years and from 1924 - 2017 is 93 years. In copy Right Law, after 70 years your work does not belong to you anymore, it has become public property and could be used without acknowledging you. In 2001, President ***barred word*** used this content without citing, David M Ricci also used the same content of speech in 2004 without citing and Kartnim Erdinam used it in 2006 without citing, and they are all right because it is more than 70 years so it is for public domain. I dont know why Nana's writer rushed to even apologized. This is not plagiarism at all otherwise these people could have been sued.
 
Name: truth
huh. Zip Aseidu. You too. Obaa b3 s3. Just ***barred word***. Upon all the education you've acquired you confuse common sense which is neer cheap @ mokola market.
 
Name: Ghana First
Let me educate Mr. Mosquito a little bit. That statement was first made by Woodrow Wilson and when ***barred word*** Jnr. said it in 2000 he did not credit Wilson so what has Nana done if he did not credit George ***barred word***. Please you are just waking up from your dream of losing the elections massively to NPP so spare our ears with your infantile logic.
 
Name: Examples. Not a big deal
the US Republican National Convention to its feet in July 2016, Melania Trump said: "My parents impressed on me the values that you work hard for what you want in life; that your word is your bond and you do what you say and keep your promise; that you treat people with respect." But the woman she is replacing as first lady, Michelle Obama, said in 2008: "And Barack and I were raised with so many of the same values: That you work hard for what you want in life; that your word is your bond and you do what you say you're going to do; that you treat people with dignity and respect, even if you don't know them, and even if you don't agree with them." Mrs Trump's speech continued: "[My parents] taught me to show the values and morals in my daily life. That is the lesson that I continue to pass along to our son. And we need to pass those lessons on to the many generations to follow, because we want our children in this nation to know that the only limit to your achievements is the strength of your dreams and your willingness to work for them." Mrs Obama said: "And Barack Obama and I set out to build lives guided by these values, and pass them on to the next generations. Because we want our children, and all children in this nation, to know that the only limit to the height of your achievement is the reach of your dreams and your willingness to work for them." Fallout: An employee of the Trump Organization, Meredith McIver, said she offered to resign for "my mistake", but it was rejected. Nigeria's presidentImage copyrightAFPImage captionMr Buhari's office blamed an "overzealous" staff member for the blunder In a speech to launch a "Change begins with me" campaign in September 2016, Muhammadu Buhari said: "We must resist the temptation to fall back on the same partisanship, pettiness and immaturity that have poisoned our country for so long." This time it was Barack Obama, whose 2008 words were copied: "Let us resist the temptation to fall back on the same partisanship and pettiness and immaturity that has poisoned our politics for so long.'' Fallout: Mr Buhari's office blames an "overzealous" staff member, saying he has been relieved of his duties. UK opposition leader Image captionMr Corbyn used quotes that his predecessor had rejected In a speech at the Labour party's annual conference in 2015, Jeremy Corbyn said: "Since the dawn of history in virtually every human society there are some people who are given a great deal and many more people who are given little or nothing. Some people have property and power, class and capital, status and clout which are denied to the many." This sounded familiar to those who had read a 2011 blog by Richard Heller, once an adviser to former Labour deputy leader Denis Healey: "Since the dawn of history, in virtually every human society there are some people who are given a great deal and many more people who are given little or nothing. Some people have property and power, class and capital, status and even sanctity, which are denied to the multitude." Fallout: None. Mr Heller denied Mr Corbyn was guilty of plagiarism, saying he had sent quotes to Mr Corbyn's team. He was happy they were used; previous Labour leader Ed Miliband hadn't. Madagascar's president At his inauguration in January 2014, Hery Rajaonarimampianina said: "I asked my friends who have accompanied me to let me be free, free to move towards others, those who were never my friends, who never belonged to our camp, our political family, who sometimes fought us. Because when it comes to Madagascar, there are no more camps." During his campaign for France's presidency in 2007, Nicholas Sarkozy said: "I asked my friends who have accompanied me to let me be free, free to move towards others, those who were never my friends, who never belonged to our camp, our political family, who sometimes fought us. Because when it comes to France, there are no more camps." Fall-out: None. The Malagasy leader's campaign director Jaobarison Randrianarivon responded by saying that "you can take a quote from a person when needed". Irish prime minister Image copyrightAFPImage captionEnda Kenny was given rapturous applause for the speech While introducing Mr Obama to a crowd in Dublin in 2011, Enda Kenny said: "If there's anyone out there who still doubts that Ireland is a place where all things are possible; who still wonders if the dream of our ancestors is alive in our time; who still questions our capacity to restore ourselves, to reinvent ourselves and to prosper, well today is your answer." This may have rung a bell with the listening Mr Obama. In 2008, he had said: "If there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place where all things are possible; who still wonders if the dream of our founders is alive in our time; who still questions the power of our democracy, tonight is your answer." Fallout: None. Mr Kenny's spokesperson denied the plagiarism charge, saying Mr Kenny was just "drawing on a very well-known speech by Barack Obama and just putting it into an Irish context and an Irish setting". US presiden But Mr Obama has also been accused of copying his words. In a 2008 speech, Mr Obama, then a US senator making a bid for the presidency, said: "Don't tell me words don't matter! 'I have a dream.' Just words. 'We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.' Just words. 'We have nothing to fear but fear itself.' Just words, just speeches." He was accused of plagiarising a 2006 speech by former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal'- just words. Just words. 'We have nothing to fear but fear itself''- just words. 'Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country' - just words. 'I have a dream' - just words." Fallout: Mr Obama said Mr Patrick had suggested "we use these lines", and admitted erring by not crediting him. Former Canadian prime minister Calling for the deployment of troops to Iraq in 2003, Stephen Harper, then leader of the opposition Conservative Alliance who became Canada's prime minister three years later, said: "As the possession of weapons of mass destruction spreads, the danger of such weapons coming into the hands of terrorist groups will multiply, particularly given in this case the ***barred word*** association of Iraq with rogue non-state organisations. That is the ultimate nightmare which the world must take decisive and effective steps to prevent. Possession of chemical, biological or nuclear weapons by terrorists would constitute a direct, undeniable and lethal threat to the world, including to Canada and its people." Several days earlier Australia's then-Prime Minister John Howard had said: As the possession of weapons of mass destruction spreads, so the danger of such weapons coming into the hands of terrorist groups will multiply. That is the ultimate nightmare which the world must take decisive and effective steps to prevent. Possession of chemical, biological or nuclear weapons by terrorists would constitute a direct, undeniable and lethal threat to Australia and its people." Fallout: Five years later Mr Harper's speechwriter Owen Lippert was forced to resign from the Conservative campaign headquarters after the rival Liberal Party used the speech to embarrass its head of elections. US vice-president Campaigning to be a presidential candidate in 1987, then-Senator Joe Biden said: "Why is it that my wife who is sitting out there in the audience is the first in her family to ever go to college? Is it because our fathers and mothers were not bright?" He was accused of plagiarising from a 1986 election campaign commercial by then-UK Labour leader Neil Kinnock: Why is Glenys [Mr Kinnock's wife] the first woman in her family in a thousand generations to be able to get to university? Was it because all our predecessors were thick?'' Mr Biden also said: ''Those same people who read poetry and wrote poetry and taught me how to sing verse... Is it because they didn't work hard? My ancestors, who worked in the coal mines of north-east Pennsylvania and would come up after 12 hours and play football for four hours.'' Mr Kinnock said:"Those people who could sing and play and recite and write poetry? Those people who could make wonderful beautiful things with their hands? Those people who could dream dreams, see visions? Why didn't they get it? Was it because they were weak? Those people who could work eight hours underground and then come up and play football? Weak
 



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