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Ghana's President Nana Akufo-Addo raises the staff of office during his inauguration as president at the Independence Square in Accra, Ghana January 7, 2017. REUTERS/Stringer FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO RESALE. NO ARCHIVE

African political leaders have never made a good impression on the world, except for few of them. The continent still grapples with bad leadership when other continents have advanced in same aspect. The tag, “Third World Countries” has been used subconsciously by other citizens of the world who try to justify the continent’s real position among its pairs. Third world is the lowest and most denigrating place to be – it is a world where people still see with their knees.

While some Africans have continued to make great impact when inserted in a perfect society where things are done the way they should be done, most African political leaders have decided to take their seats behind their colleagues. They remain power drunk and cruel. Their policies have never impacted positively to those they rule over, and they continue to subject their citizens to suffering just to lower their status so that they can feel elevated. Corruption and majority of African leaders are synonymous.

To add to the many shames that have been trailing the continent from time immemorial, some African leaders have decided to prove that they are still intellectually dependent as they now embrace plagiarism. First it was Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, who brought intercontinental shame to over 180 million Nigerians who are known to have some of the best brains in the world, by plagiarizing President Barrack Obama’s 2008 speech for his Change Begins With Me Campaign. Ironically, the aim of the campaign was to instill discipline on Nigerians, but what discipline can one instill with such high level of indiscipline like using someone else’s intellectual property as yours?

And by way of catching the bug, the new Ghanaian President, Nana Akufo Ado, also embarrassed millions of Ghanaians, who also are known to be some of the world’s most respected scholars, by plagiarizing the former Presidents of United States of America, George Bush and Bill Clinton, in his inaugural speech on Saturday, January 7.

 

Anna Akufo Addo said in his inaugural speech: “I ask you to be citizens: citizens, not spectators; citizens, not subjects; responsible citizens building your communities and our nation.” It was later discovered by some eagle-eye journalists that it was a lift from George W. Bush’s speech in 2001.

As if that was not enough, the new Ghanaian president  went back further in time to pick from Bill Clinton’s 1993 speech, substituting Ghanaians for Americans: “Though our challenges are fearsome, so are our strengths. Ghanaians have ever been a restless, questing, hopeful people. And we must bring to our task today the vision and will of those who came before us.”

Of course, Nana Akufo didn’t write the speech himself, his speechwriter did. And in response, the communications director at the Presidency Eugene Arhin attributed the flop to an “oversight”.

He wrote on Facebook : “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 J.B Danquah, Dr. K.A. Busia, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah and the Bible which were all duly attributed and acknowledged”.

An oversight!

African leaders should awake to the realization that the world has become so small that whatever done in the confines of their countries is seen clearly by everyone in the world.

January 7 was one of the hardest days to be a Ghanaian because the social media sphere practically focused on them and as expected, torrents of disses were thrown from every corner.

 

 

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