Blame it on the messenger

Imagine if the United States of America sued Nigeria government for the stolen speech? Well, I suppose Nigeria still has enough money left from Abacha’s loot that America needs not worry, they only need to debit our account.

For accounts purpose, the entry likely to read Price for being daft ‘Owo Ọmọ́gọ̀’

Sai Buhari’s 2016 speech:

“We must resist the temptation to fall back on the same partisanship, pettiness and immaturity that have poisoned our country for so long. Let us summon a new spirit of responsibility, spirit of service, of patriotism and sacrifice. Let us all resolve to pitch in and work hard and look after, not only ourselves but one another.”

President Obama’s 2008 speech:  

“Let’s resist the temptation to fall back on the same partisanship, pettiness and immaturity that has poisoned our politics for so long… So let us summon a new spirit of patriotism, of responsibility, where each of us resolves to pitch in and work harder and look after not only ourselves but each other.”

This is humiliating to say the least. Plagiarising Obama’s speech is the not a very smart thing to do given he is well known for compelling speeches. I bet President Buhari has plenty of speech writers, all they had to do is get out on to the streets to be inspired.

Anyway, I am not sure if Sai Baba has found time to look closely into the two speeches, what I found most shameful was that at 12:07 where Obama talked about the financial crisis and the influence of Wall Street on the economy.

Now, what did the Aso Rock copycats do when they got to that stage? They skipped along! Don’t we have something going on in the country that they could plug in? On top of my head; recession, cattle grazing, Boko Haram etc. People are feeling the persistent high price of goods and yet that is not ‘original’ enough to add?

Just like many of our issues, so many people are already shutting each other up not to criticise President Buhari as the messenger/s were to be blamed. Yeah, right and who do we credit if the ‘Change Begin with Me’ rhetoric succeeded?

5:49 to 6:27

From 11:50 to 12:50 (note the pulse in 12:07 which Nigeria copycats are too lost to replicate because ‘all is well’)

15 thoughts on “Blame it on the messenger

  1. This shows the levels of thinking in operation in the highest office in the land. ie they are bankrupt. These are the advisors the president has sought to surround himself with. You mentioned other issues you could have referred to – there is no good news on all of those fronts, the herdsmen still kill at will, Boko Haram are alive and well, the economy has slumped and there is relief in sight, apparently inflation is high. I guess he thought it better to copy someone else’s story rather than come out with the truth.
    Let us hope that President Buhari will stumble upon a winning formula before his term ends and an account that relates to Nigeria.
    Meanwhile Kenya’s economy is set to grow by 6% in 2016 and 2017, Ghana is slowly recovering and Nigeria’s is poorly.

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      1. Ah FK, I was trying to add a positive spin on an otherwise clearly gloomy picture, hope seemed like the only logical straw I could grasp. OK, we can prey and hope (but I’m not that religious). Buhari was the best in a diabolical situation. The north felt that he was the most suitable candidate to galvanize the nation. I still think that Jonathan is a whole lot worse…Let us be grateful for small mercies.

        To date things are not going well, it isn’t all his fault the previous rulers wrecked the economy and handed him ‘damaged goods’. His initiatives are slow to come to the fore and have had little impact. It appears at this stage as if he is ‘treading water’ ie keeping his head above the waves, but we need more than that. I heard that Nigeria plans to be self-sufficient in rice production in 4 years. We’ve heard all this kind of talk before over the past 20 or more years.

        I noticed that out of the next wave of developing nations to emerge and take their place at the G20, Nigeria is the only one to have failed to live up to the bill. MINT (Mexico, Indonesia, Nigeria and Turkey), all except Nigeria are now G20 members.

        Soon Kenya and other African nations will overtake us if they haven’t done so already…

        Correction: On my previous post I should have said there is ‘no relief in sight’ for the economy.

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        1. Thanks jco.

          To be honest I am not blaming the economy situation solely on the president, there is little he can do with slump oil prices. Also, in a way I am glad this happens so many people are feeling the burn, too many Nigerians haven’t benefitted from the so called national cake in decades, now we can find solutions that will benefit all.

          My issue with him is not maintaining his promises on discontinuation of subsidising pilgrims, shouldn’t millions of his people on handouts enough of incentive?

          Nigeria obsession with rice is downright insane – they make it sound as if rice is our national food, I doubt any tribe would mention rice if asked what their staple is. One would ask why can’t we focus more on cassava, yam and maize that we are already good at which is comparable nutrition-wise to rice? I am just ignoring them on this one.


          1. I see your point, and can only agree with regard to broken promises so early into his tenure. I guess that was a promise he was willing to drop.

            I think people talk about rice, because that consumes a large part of the food importation bill.

            Finding a solution to benefit all – that will take all the skill and brainpower our dear president can muster. This is tricky, as some feel they are entitled to more than they deserve, whilst others feel they are paying out too much; to strike that balance will be difficult.

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  2. Fola, if you think that is bad – Ivona Trump stole a large part of Michelle Obama’s speech about her husband. How do you explain that? It was noticed right off too. I guess the speech writers are getting lazy. She blamed it on her speech writer. (of course)

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    1. Agreed, very bad indeed. I suppose in this case the writer get a part of the blame, I think our president deserves to be told off too for reading statement he didn’t believe in – now we know why he wasn’t coherent in that speech.

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  3. Dear Fooakemi,

    It’s one thing to blame the messenger but it’s something else about who gets the smear. You are very correct: Nigerians have a way of giving themselves the short end of the stick. Leaders never have to give them any thought. Whichever way, though, we all got drenched in the muck of this sad happening.


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