Presidency To Transfer Deputy Director Over Plagiarism Saga


The deputy director, who reportedly was responsible for the controversial ‘Change begins with me’ speech delivered by President Muhammadu Buhari, will this week be transferred out of the State House.

Presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, had on Friday said that the presidency was greatly embarrassed by the development and promised that sanctions would be meted out on whoever was responsible.

“The Presidency wishes to state in the clearest possible terms that it regrets this unfortunate incident and will ensure that this does not happen again.

“Already, a Deputy Director in the Presidency has accepted responsibility for the insertion of the contentious paragraph.

“This serious oversight will be investigated thoroughly and appropriate sanction meted,” the statement read.



    Sources at the presidency hinted that the official will start facing disciplinary proceedings according to civil service rules on Monday.

    But he will first be directed to vacate his seat at the president’s office, officials said.

    The deputy director is expected to be queried by the Permanent Secretary of the State House, Jalal Arabi, before the case will be referred to the Head of Service for further actions.

    The plagiarism was first detected by a Newspaper columnist and President Buhari has since apologised for the incident.

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