In what appears to be a gale of presidential plagiarisms, President Muhammadu Buhari is enmeshed in a fresh plagiarism scandal that shows him stealing the famous “I belong to everybody and I belong to nobody” quote from the late Charles de Gaulle of France.
The quote, which was smuggled into President Buhari’s May 29, 2015 inauguration speech, received a lot of commendation from Nigerians across political and religious divides. The quote immediately went viral and was listed by the BBC as the best quote out of Africa for the year 2015.
Charles de Gaulle was a French army officer and statesman.
A statement by the Nigerian presidency blamed the intellectual property theft on an “overzealous staff” and vowed tomete out disciplinary actions against the staff, an unnamed deputy director in Nigeria’s Federal Civil Service.