As campaigns towards the 2019 elections kicked off, controversy has trailed the campaign document adopted by President Muhammadu Buhari for his re-election.
The President had, on Monday, launched the All Progressives Congress (APC) Road Map for 2019 titled, NEXT LEVEL.
“We are committed to deepening the work we started in this first term, such that Nigeria’s assets and resources continue to be organised and utilised for the good of the common man.
“Join Prof. Yemi Osinbajo and I on this journey to the NEXT LEVEL of a prosperous, strong and stable Nigeria,” Buhari had stated.
However, findings have shown that the NEXT LEVEL logo used by the President’s campaign team is similar to that of a project by the United States-based Winthrop University, also tagged NExT LEVEL.
As indicated on the school’s website, www2.winthrop.edu, “NExT LEVEL is a project of the Winthrop University-School Partnership Network, in collaboration with the Fort Mill School District (York 4), Lancaster County School District and the Rock Hill School District (York 3).”
The project coordinator, Dr. Kelly Costner, said on the website that the programme “is a Professional Development Programme grant funded by the US Department of Education and administered through the Office of English Learner Acquisition, Delaware.”
The Presidency has yet to respond to the allegations.
But, an Associate Professor of Journalism and Emerging Media at Kennesaw State University, Georgia, US, Dr. Farooq Kperogi, chastised President Buhari’s campaign team for the plagiarism.
“APC’s #NextLevel campaign isn’t just deficient in creativity; it’s also a shameless theft of an organisation’s intellectual property,” he tweeted.
“Remember that the #ChangeBeginsWithMe campaign was also a brazen intellectual theft, which made it die,” the teacher added.
Launched in September 2016, President Buhari’s “Change Begins with Me” campaign had also been enmeshed in a plagiarism scandal when parts of his speech during the campaign’s inauguration were found similar to those of former US President Barack Obama during his November 4, 2008 victory speech.
Buhari had said in his speech, “We must resist the temptation to fall back on the same partisanship, pettiness and immaturity that have poisoned our country for so long.”
The words were found to have been lifted from Obama, who said, “Let us resist the temptation to fall back on the same partisanship and pettiness and immaturity that have poisoned our politics for so long.”
Source: THE PUNCH